What customers say

Mark Shone, Manager, Safety Central – Prevention and Protection Department, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services

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“We engaged Julia to help us explore opportunities to engage businesses in
the development of our new safety and lifeskills education centre.

What we got was so much more than a simple prospect list. Not only did her
advice and wealth of experience shape our whole business strategy, but also the
mentoring and coaching we received has given us bags of confidence and
skills to go out, network and forge meaningful partnerships”

Steve Hyde, Chief Executive, Independent Options, Stockport

Independent optionsJulia has helped my charity, Independent Options, in a number of ways.

She advised and helped in our successful campaign to recruit a Fundraising Manager, helped us design a fundraising strategy and also provides ongoing support to us. We couldn’t manage without her!

Emily Allen, Church Buildings Development Officer, Diocese of Chester

Chester Diocese logo Julia’s advice was tremendously helpful on how best to present a project for supporting church volunteers, to improve their buildings as better and more speedier community facilities.

Since we meet, I’ve taken time to re-work the proposal, changing it from the perspective of an organisational resilience initiative, to one focused on community empowerment. It reads much better, as it really gets to the heart of what difference the project will make to local people, so thank you Amber Consulting! The proposal is now at a stage where I can share it with others in the team and seek approval to progress with fundraising.

Richard Marsh, Chief Executive, The Factory Youth Zone

thefactoryyzThe Factory Youth Zone has worked with Amber consulting in order to develop a sustainable funding raising strategy and to develop key members of our team. Julie has provided staff with a great insight enabling them to develop their own solutions that work for The Factory Youth Zone . The impact for myself as CEO have been motivated staff and a real bottom line impact bringing in additional revenue . We now have the individuals supporting our work that will enable us to expand at a time when most charities are happy to survive.

Kate Day, Director, Manchester Craft & Design Centre

“Julia provided invaluable support at a time when we were embarking on developing a fundraising culture at Manchester Craft & Design Centre.

She helped us to identify opportunities for individual giving, and to articulate our case for support. The work that she did with the board and one-to-one coaching that Julia delivered was highly tailored, and took into account different levels of knowledge, ensuring that all participants were highly engaged. Julia also supported us in developing our first ever Fundraising Strategy, which means we now have firm foundations upon which to build our fundraising activity”

Andrew Dakers, Chief Executive, Spark!

“The IFC team of Julia and Bill did a great job of consulting key Spark! stakeholders, developing our first fundraising strategy and then supporting us in the implementation – a relationship that continues to this day. This is a tough climate for all charities, but their enthusiasm, breadth of experience, professional and drive has been a critical investment for Spark! at this time”

Karen Wint, Chief Executive, UCL Cancer Institute Research Trust

“Having the guidance and expertise of Julia was invaluable. Developing a new stream of income, in my case, high net worth individuals, required thinking through how best to do this with limited resources.  My coaching sessions with Julia, enabled me to think ‘outside the box’ and develop specific strategies for our approach and management, but also to seize opportunities that may have been missed.”

Irene Chambers, Institute of Fundraising, Trustee, Institute of Fundraising in the North West, Chair

“Julia Worthington from Amber Consulting has worked for the Institute of Fundraising in the North West on several occasions over the last twelve months.

One of her skills is that she understands how hard it is to be a sole fundraiser for an unknown charity and the challenges of working for a national charity too, this makes her coaching more relevant “she has been there and done that”, rather than being taught by someone who just knows the theory. Julia is a very knowledgeable coach with many years of fundraising experience, I always enjoy working with her and would recommend her coaching courses”.