For many years, friends organisations of museums and galleries have played a vital role helping to raise funds for capital projects, conservation work and acquisitions. They have also kept everyone up to date with newsletters, given guided tours and volunteered at the front desk. In more recent times their role has increased and they have begun to play a more active part on the front line, as museum budgets and workforce numbers have continued to shrink.
The Friends of Farfield Mill are a loyal group of people who have supported the mill for many years. The aim of the trustees is to increase the number of friends and help them become more active in building a thriving future for the mill.
As part of the share issue, Farfield Mill is converting to a Charitable Community Benefit Society. Members will be able to stand for election to the board and contribute to member discussions. With encouragement from the trustees, the Friends will become a community who support the mill both financially and physically.
- The Friends will be run by the membership.
- Friends and investors will gain free entry to the mill and benefit from visits/talks at a reduced rate.
- They will develop a programme of events both within the mill and outside to attract new members and interest current ones.
- They will support the mill when approaching funding bodies.