Project information

Friends of Magic Carpet

By setting up a Friends membership with Magic Carpet, you can help us continue our vital work with vulnerable people in Exeter and Devon, for a suggested donation of £20 a year. If you do sign up, please let us know, so we can keep track of your donation, by emailing:

This project will help support the charity for the foreseeable future

Charity information: Magic Carpet (Exeter)

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  • Need


    As a charity, we want to aim for a more sustainable future, enabling us to move away from relying on funding grants which are becoming much harder to obtain. For us to become more self-sufficient would be a better situation for everyone, but especially our participants, as it would avoid the huge disruption of ending their groups because of a lack of funding. Having a stable income through the Friends membership would mean that this wouldn't have to happen.


    Through this Friends membership scheme, our supporters will help us secure a more stable future. By doing this we will be able to offer more regular groups to vulnerable people in the local area, without the worry of funding being cut. Our Friends would also be instrumental in helping us shape our resources for the local community, which we think is hugely important. Our roots within the community are at the heart of this project and everything we do.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To achieve a more sustainable, stable future for the charity.


    » We will encourage our supporters to start a Friends membership, where they can give a suggested donation of £20 a year to help support us.

    What success will look like

    With the money raised through Friends' donations we will be able to establish more weekly core groups for vulnerable participants, that do not rely on funding with a time-limit.

    Aim 2

    To affirm our relationship with the community, which is at the heart of what we do.


    » Our Friends will receive regular updates and will be instrumental in helping us shape our services for local vulnerable people

    What success will look like

    Friends will receive regular updates, invitations to our exhibitions & events, a discount on our craft products and will be invited to our discussions and AGMs.

  • Impact


    The long term changes of this project will be that our future is made more financially secure; we are able to run and sustain more regular core groups; and that our supporters have a long-term position at the heart of our developments as an organisation


    There is a risk that not many people will sign up for Friends membership, meaning that we are very limited in what we can use the donations for - for example we may not raise enough to fund more core groups. The way we have approached this risk is to be realistic about what we might be able to use the donations for, and use them in a way which is sustainable.


    Donors will receive newsletters and email updates, where we will give details of our plans for the donations. They will also be updated about the impact the donations have had, for example: if we set up a new visual arts group, we would include in our updates images and stories from the participants

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 New Core Groups Holding new core arts groups for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues
      £500 Core Costs Management costs needed to support these new groups
  • Background


    We run the majority of our groups in Exeter (at locations such as Exeter Phoenix), Honiton and Exmouth. We have been working locally for the last thirty years and believe a relationship with local people and a strong knowledge and understanding of their needs is central to what we do. We will use funding from the Friends to run new groups in the local area, but in the future we hope to expand to other locations across Devon, too.


    We respond to the needs of vulnerable people in the local population in Exeter, Exmouth and Honiton. Alhough the spaces in our groups are limited (in order for them to be effective) they are open to anyone who feels they would benefit from coming to the sessions. We do have specific groups tailored to different sorts of needs (for example, we have a group for people with severe learning disabilities) and we would encourage people to contact us to talk about which group might suit them best.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working with vulnerable people in the local area for the last thirty years, so our understanding of their needs is second to none. We offer an incredibly high standard of workshops by a wide range of trained arts professionals who are sensitive to the needs of the participants who attend the groups.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Robert Wynne

    The CEO of Magic Carpet, who manages our funding and our people, and coordinates & oversees the running of the groups.

    Hannah Mumby

    Our Opportunities Worker, who will publicise the Friends Membership scheme and help with processing the subscriptions.

    Our Art Workers

    Our fantastic trained arts professionals who deliver the workshops


    Our volunteers who support the artworkers in the groups, and whose help is vital and truly appreciated.