Moira Gardner

Community Groups Fundraising Officer

01903 680740 Ext: 270 


About Me

My background is in marketing/PR and communications in the service sector (NHS, theatres, science museum and leisure) and in a freelance capacity for small businesses.

More recently, as a Pastoral Manager in a high school, I worked directly with children and families who were at risk of harm, with high levels of emotional need. Also with challenging backgrounds – addiction, financial hardship and domestic abuse. I pushed for support from agencies and helped guide people to make better choices. I dealt with families on the brink of homelessness giving me insights into the distress and turmoil this can cause. This made me consider how I could best use my combined skills to make a difference in this sector.

I know that with the right support at the right time interventions can change things around for the better.

What is your role in the Fundraising Team?

My role is about building trusted relationships and partnerships with community organisations, church and faith groups, in order to gain ongoing support and build credibility in the community.

I motivate and facilitate supporters to maximise the funds they raise whilst inspiring new supporters to raise money – which includes talks, encouraging donations and working together on joint activities. Raising awareness and educating the public about our cause is important. I also explore ways to work together during religious festivals such as Harvest. Along with the rest of the team I run and support campaigns and events and representing the charity at exhibition and community events. Usually this is done with the support of our fabulous dedicated volunteers – many of who enjoy running their own fundraisers such as quizzes and band nights.

Why do you work for Turning Tides?

Turning Tides has a strong trusted reputation locally and as an employer they are a progressive organisation with a caring personality. But the main reason is that I feel part of something good and can play a part in making a difference to the lives of local people.

I see that the individuals we are working to help have a voice in how they are supported and it is rewarding to know that at its core the charity is built on an ethos of by our homeless people for our homeless people and this is born out through Partnership and Co-Production Team (PACT).

Knowing the difference you make, by working alongside committed individuals and clients who once battled with homelessness and some who are still on their journey, inspires and motivates me.

Three things you love about your role:

  1. Knowing and seeing that I make a difference working with and for homeless individuals.
  2. Mobilising the energy and passion of others to get things done.
  3. Being part of a creative team.

What does your work week look like?

There is not a typical week – it’s a varied job which I love! Generating ideas and then event planning and management is part of my role. This includes regular contact with community groups and volunteers. Also producing promotional materials and press releases play a part.

Stewardship is key and keeping in regular contact with supporters is like checking in and thanking them often falls into a week’s work. Giving talks is quite often the starting point of new relationships.

What would you like to say to our supporters?

I would love to chat to you about how we can work in partnership so everybody wins – and where we build together a community that wraps around our homeless people at a time when they most need support.