Case Study Questions
- A. Background info
Organisation Name? Mess up the Mess Youth Theatre Company
Named Contact/Interviewee? Peri Thomas, Sarah Jones, Lynsey Harries
Address/Contact Details/Website? Brynaman Community Centre, Cwmgarw Road, Brynaman, Ammanford, SA18 1BU http://messupthemess.co.uk/
Theme 1 – ‘Scale, Scope and Ambition’
- B. Organisation Structure
How would you describe your organisation? – Social Enterprise, Not-for-profit, Voluntary, Commercial or Public Sector?
Brief background to the organisation:-
- Age of organisation? 6 years
- Target Group/Beneficiaries? Young people aged 11-25, NEET Young people.
- Are the people you ‘trade’ with the same as the beneficiaries? No
- Geographical remit? South and South West Wales
- Who was responsible for setting up the organisation? Peri Thomas and Sarah Jones.
What is the organisation’s social mission? Mess up the mess Theatre Company supports young people and the communities they live within to overcome the barriers that they meet to create a greater equality for those currently socially excluded, who are disadvantaged, face discrimination or prejudice. Not able to take full advantage of the existing opportunities for employment, education and training. Under employed, unemployed or in low waged jobs. Not in education, training or employment.
Have you got a ‘mission statement’? We aim to dramatically ‘mess up the mess’ opening eyes and doors for young talent to emerge and grow.
What is the ownership structure? Volunteer Board of Directors, not for profit company limited by guarantee
Number of paid staff (FT & PT)? 2FT 2PT (6 month positions through future jobs fund) Future 2 PT to be employed.
Number of volunteers and average weekly contribution? 7 volunteer directors who meet two-3 monthly for meetings, 20 youth volunteer peer leaders who support weekly sessions and attend regular training, 5 volunteers who support events and workshops as and when.
Are the people originally responsible for setting up the organisation still involved and in what capacity? Yes – employed as staff and volunteer as directors of the organisation.
What would be the key words when looking for your ideal member of staff? Experience, flexible, approachable, motivated.
What is the legal status of the organisation? Not for Profit Company Limited by Guarantee and Social Enterprise
Number of directors/trustees? 7
Management/governance structure and relationship? The board line manage the manager and the manager and artistic director line manage the other staff
Who has the main responsibility for strategic and business planning? Staff with support and direction from Directors.
E. Management and Direction
Is there a trading/sustainability plan in place or is trading activity more opportunistic or market led? Currently opportunistic and market/ funding led.
What is the approach to risk/investing in new income streams? Reducing risk where possible through ensuring achievable outputs for tenders we deliver.
What percentage of income do you:-
Currently generate through trading activity? 5-10%
Aim to generate through trading activity in future? 10 – 30%
What style of management would you say works best for your organisation? e.g. autocratic, democratic etc, (‘what works best’, not ‘what do you aim for?’) Democratic
Is there a management succession plan in place? No
What are your current sources of income and what percentage of your turnover do these represent? The main sources of income are grants and tenders at around 90-95%, one off workshop/courses delivered for other organisations are around 5-10%.
What was the organisation’s initial source of revenue/funding? Grants and tenders.
What is your current financial position – positive, negative or break-even? Break even with a small amount (e.g. £200-£1000) over at end of each financial year
What is your policy in terms of distribution or reinvestment of any profits or surplus? Money is reinvested into the activities we deliver for young people during the following year.
G. Context and Impact
Who are your beneficiaries? Young people 11-25
Who are your stakeholders? Arts Council of Wales, Children in Need, BLF, HLF, LYPP, Carmarthenshire Theatres, County Council, Communities First, Youth Service, LLAIS, DFID mini grant, Local Health Board .
Who are your main trading or delivery partners – private consumers, other not-for-profit organisations, public sector or private sector businesses? Public and other not for profit organisations.
Operational scope – are you looking to move into other trading or delivery areas? Not at present
Opportunity – Is the current economic climate an opportunity or a threat to your organisation?
Threat in terms of less grants to apply for but an opportunity to develop work to support young people not engaged in employment education of training.