As a not for profit charity ablaze has to ensure the cost of running our programmes is covered.

Our funding comes from grants, donations and modest charges to our partners in schools and businesses as well as contributions from charitable trusts.

The restrictions on local authorities and the growth of academies means that we can no longer expect our work to be financially supported through local government sources.

Businesses and other groups generously contribute up to 1500 volunteers each year and we ask them also either to make a financial donation or to accept a modest charge for training their staff as volunteers. Training events typically cost around £250.

Our business supporters increasingly recognise the benefits to the school students, growing their businesses and the development of their staff through volunteering.

Schools generally accept our nominal charges for setting up, delivering and supporting delivery of our programmes can be met through the pupil premium funding allocation. Schools are not charged until we are confident that the agreed work can be resourced.

All terms follow a conversation and agreement with the Ablaze team.

As an example typical charges for setting up a programme of reading buddies for a primary school would amount to £250. This would include recruiting volunteers and seeing all practicalities are covered before introducing the volunteers. Other charges for primaries include providing role models to visit schools.

Ablaze staff are always prepared to detail charges for both primary and secondary programmes.

As many of our secondary school programmes including the mentoring suite are customised to meet school needs costings are set following discussions with the school.

Any individual, business, school or charitable trust wishing to make a donation directly to Ablaze can contribute by sending a cheque made out to 'Ablaze' to Ablaze, c/o Milsted-Langdon, One Redcliff St, Bristol BS1 6NP.