Founder, Camberwell Fair/ Wormfood Music
Working with Dirk has been amazing because he understood what we wanted to do and applied his knowledge around fundraising, impact measurement and evaluation to ensure we’re doing the right things when it came to raising money and reporting on our outcomes. We secured over £100,000 in the last 3 years and we are excited to continue our work.
From 1279 to 1855, Camberwell Fair was held every August. A local Committee for the Abolition of Camberwell Fair was set up by prominent residents who pressurised the parish authorities into buying the Green and closing down the fair with the help of the police. When Andre came to Hatch with Wormfood Music, he also came with a special project: To revive the Camberwell Fair.
We worked with him to assess his funding options and helped structure funding proposals to Southwark Council and the Arts Council. We went through the economic planning of the fair, establishing a business case for it and what the provided funding would return to Camberwell in terms of a social return on investment. Hatch also helped plan the evaluation of the fair, ensuring that funding reports and impact measurements were incorporated from the onset.
With the approval of the funding and securing additional private sponsors, 2015 saw the revival of Camberwell Fair and 2016 its continuation. Over 3,500 people joined on the day, with over 70% of them being from the local community. Over 80% of people who were surveyed said they enjoyed the fair because “something was happening again in Camberwell and it brought the community together.” The fair also involved many local organisations such as the Camberwell School of Arts, The Remakery, local designers and artists.