Rehana Koser, North West Regional Director Sported Foundation

Wil is a valuable mentor with Sported Foundation. He has an excellent understanding of the sector and is able to help groups develop the appropriate funding applications, including linking in with key partners to enable them to successfully secure funding. He creates great working relationships with groups, and one of his strengths is his ability to provide groups with the tools for them to become more sustainable in the long-term.

James Gregory, Director Families Against Violence

Wil has proven time and again to be an invaluable asset to our team. His exceptional bid writing skills have consistently improved our funding proposals and played a pivotal role in our success, securing thousands of pounds for us over the last twelve months.

Collaborating with Wil is an absolute pleasure, his professionalism, reliability, and strong work ethic make every project smooth and efficient. Deadlines are consistently met, and his willingness to go the extra mile has eased the stress of tight timelines.

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“Wil is invested in our ambition as much as we are. This level of energy translates into the successful outcomes we’re now getting, he takes the time to truly understand our needs and then finds the funder to meet our project needs. There is also a strategic approach to all we do together and I’m excited about the future of Elite Community Hub.”

Elite Community Hub

“We’ve been working with Wil for the last five months developing a number of bids, he visited the centre, explained the process to us and helped us developed some exciting bids. Wil is really keen to build our own bid writing capacity too so he explains how it all works so we become more proficient as bid writers.”

Recovery Public
Michael Taylor, CEO

“Wil feels part of our team, he understands all aspects of our charity and brings an in depth knowledge of the funding sector that goes beyond writing a bid, he strengthens our marketing, media and helps our staff to realise we all contribute to our fundraising strategy. He really wants to see you succeed and grow as a charity. Within the first four months of working with us, he has secured £60k for the charity and we have several other bids submitted. Wil seems to be able to speak the language of bid writing and he gets results that have benefited us in so many ways.”

ANTZ Junction
Jen Pemberton, Founder

“I found Wil to be a valuable member of the Big Lottery Fund’s North West regional office and a hard working individual. He is highly organised, has great communications skills and I have always been impressed with the way he approaches work. Wil’s understanding of the voluntary sector is strong and I’d have no hesitation in recommending him.”

Peter Wanless, CEO

“Wil provided a fantastic service and due to his knowledge and experience of the sector we were successful with our bid proposal, it was a significant piece of work done within an extremely tight timeframe and we were thrilled with the outcome.”

OnSide Youth Zones
Kathryn Morley, CEO

“Wil is a superb bid-writer and advisor. His knowledge of what makes a good project and his experience of how to craft an application is complemented by his speed to understand your project. He expertly guided us through the processes and we we’re thrilled with the finished application and the learning we made on the way.”

Rugby League Care
Chris Rostron, Head

“In partnership with RL Cares, State of Mind Sport recently prepared a submission to the ‘Big Lottery’. We engaged Wil Woan to support the process. This proved to be a providential decision. Wil Woan’s guidance and support proved to be outstanding and enabled us to submit a detailed, nuanced and ambitious proposal. We were all impressed with the quality of Wil’s writing skills and his talent in succinctly capturing the ideas and messages we wanted to convey. At the start of the process he showed a genuine desire to understand our aspirations, models of working and needs. He was consistently good humoured, responsive and agreeable to work with and all members of the steering group positively commented on Wil’s remarkable skills, warm and engaging personality and how he had considerably strengthened and enhanced our bid. If we were to undertake a similar initiative in the future, our first call would be to engage Wil Woan.”

State of Mind
Malcolm Rae, Chair of the Board of Trustees

“We engaged Wil Woan as we identified that we needed to have a fundraising strategy to outline our strategic ambitions over the next twelve months. Wil came to us based on a recommendation from one of our supporters and on meeting Wil we realised that he had a wealth of experience. Wil was able to understand our situation and needs very quickly and devised a fundraising scoping document. Within three months we secured nearly £10k and we are waiting on a number of other funding decisions. Wil crafted the bids very professionally but also helped us understand the mechanics of bid writing. Wil has been able to translate the ‘Fundraising Landscape’ to us very clearly and we are much more co-ordinated in our funding approaches across our whole team. I would recommend Wil to other groups as he is approachable, likeable and delivers good results.”

Blackburn & Darwen District Without Abuse
Shigufta Khan, CEO