The CMP Project began life in 2011 as a social enterprise partly in response to the Big Society agenda alongside a strong desire to support the local community in a time of recession. To start, it comprised a small group of committed local businesses working together with the Founding director of CMP Tracy Jarvis to find myriad ways to make a lasting difference to the communities.
Activity initially centered on gifting time, resource, expertise and funds raised through a plethora of activities to local good causes. In the first year, the group elected to concentrate energies on addressing a major local social priority then: the homeless adult population in the Borough and over the course of the next two years, CMP supported the growth, expansion. sustainability and development of The Vine Day Centre in Aldershot.
In 2013, CMP as a social enterprise was wound up due to the founder having become a new mum and wishing to spend more time at home and was replaced instead by a new expanded alliance; the partners themselves who took on the independent responsibility for funding and managing future development and hence CMPP (with the extra P) was born.
Having worked closely with The Vine Day Centre between 2011-2013, leaving the organisation immeasurably better equipped to operate in the future, Partners then turned their attention towards an further emerging local need: raising aspirations and encouraging progression in local young people and for a further two years of the project supported was given to the charity Creating Futures.
In 2015 the group created the Youth Aspiration Fund (the YAF) and Give and Get Days. Both schemes are driven by the needs of the local community to which we as a business network respond. community groups apply on-line for finance and volunteers to support their needs.
In 2017 and onwards the CMPP steering group will continue to monitor and respond to the needs of the community whilst encouraging other similar-minded organisations to get involved and help raise money for community projects whilst volunteering skills, time, expertise and resource as needed.
This year (2017) for the first time we are working with other local communities to replicate this concept.
Pictured Above: Colleagues from across CMPP gather at Farnborough Business Park to talk about working together to raise money for young people projects.