Fayre & Square is a local employability project and community-run handmade craft shop. Established in 2013 they have been offering flexible training placements to individuals with perceived barriers to employment. These include physical or learning difficulties, mental health challenges and language or confidence issues. Having been referred on from local colleges, the Job Centre and disability support organisations the aim is for trainees to go on to gain paid work, further training, or volunteering.
Following a near closure in 2019 due to funding issues but with clear demand for the service, Fayre & Square converted to a Community Interest Company. As part of their long-term commitment to their cause they approached Link UP London to help them design Fayre & Square Wimbledon’s first annual review as a CIC.
Fayre & Square required an experienced Graphic Designer who could design a document that would represent the organisation and communicate their achievements since becoming a CIC. The document would consist of photographs, infographics, and the organisation’s latest financial accounts in tabular form.
Skilled Volunteer and Graphic Designer Jo has a wealth of experience working with clients from the concept stage of a project to delivery of the finished product. Having worked with several well-known agencies before embarking on her own business, she has built up a wealth of experience. This, alongside her passion for creating, aligned values with Fayre & Square and her personal approach to any project meant there was no doubt Jo was the best candidate for this volunteering project.
Following a project meeting and full briefing session, Jo set to work designing Fayre & Square’s first annual report. Once final copy was completed by the organisation, Jo was able to create a first set of design spreads for review, and it wasn’t long before final drafts were agreed, and the annual report was ready for distribution.
Jo enjoyed the creative process telling us “I enjoyed working with Fayre & Square to design their first annual report. Their ethos is something close to my heart and it was lovely to be given creative freedom to help them communicate what they have achieved over the last couple of years.”
Fayre & Square couldn’t be more delighted stating “Thanks to Link Up and their amazing volunteer Jo, Fayre & Square Wimbledon has a professional Annual Review that will help us communicate our achievements and ambitions to a wider audience.”
Longer term Fayre & Square will use the annual review to make more professional connections and gain financial or organisational support and will “mean our project will last longer and help more people.” By creating the document, they have a resource that helps sell the organisation to visitors, allows their funders to see progress and advertises the shop and activities too which is a great outcome! “Without Link Up we would not have an Annual Review completed” Kumiko from Fayre & Square said.
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