First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the meets. So far we have raised £345.17 from you. These donations have gone a long way to supporting our meet activities. And, we would like to update you on some of our purchases.
The organisers do not earn any money from Birmingham Furs. We are all volunteers, and we are all furs like you. 100% of the money goes to the meets, or is saved up to buy bigger and better items.
We started a separate Birmingham Furs budget in June 2016, to coincide with our first donation round. This allowed us to buy a small inventory of equipment, which we use each meet. The organisers approve all of these purchases collectively. The items are:
We also purchased some ‘consumable’ items during the year. These include:
We also use some items acquired before June 2016. These include:
So now you know where your money goes! Of course, we’re open to suggestions for what to buy next. And in the meantime, if you’d like to drop us another penny or two – the address is www.paypal.me/Brumfurs
(First posted December 2016 - last updated June 2017)
You'll be seeing a couple more posts about donations. And some of you may be wondering why we need them. After all, the meets are free, right?
Actually, although they're free to attend, we do have running costs.
• Equipment (e.g. fans and fursuit area screens)
• Water and fursuiter snacks
• Consumables for themed meets (e.g. Park Party snacks, Christmas decorations)
• Web design and hosting
• Stationery/printing costs
Smallish costs, but they do add up. In the past year alone we've spent about £400 on the meets.
You see the fursuiting area we can now set up? That was paid for by you guys. But please do not think it is only for fursuiters! The more we raise, the more decorations we can have, the more refreshments we can provide for the Park Party, and the more contest prizes we can offer through the year!
We have big plans for our meets. We want to provide more drinks and snacks to keep our fursuiters going. We want more stationery and gear to help our artists. In future, we could even afford a bigger venue for larger meets! However, for this to happen, we need your help.
So please, donate, buy our supporter art (more will be available soon), and let's make Birmingham Furs even better!
What's more, it all comes back to you guys! The organisers do not earn one penny from organising the meets. Quite the opposite - even with your support, there's still a shortfall which the organisers have to pay.
And yes, we will be cheeky and add the donation link. It's paypal.me/Brumfurs And if you have any spare pennies, there will also be a donation jar at each meet.
Thank you so much!
Mazzy and Zieg
Heya everyone, it's time for the post meet post. Well first of all thank you all for attending and making this another great meet (when we got back to the sidewalk) but let's move forward onto the main chunk of what went on and what has gone on over this long, hot, weekend.
First of all, the venue. Oh my God that venue. To clarify for you guys, we had informed the venue staff how much space we needed and they did not deliver at all, from the space, to the drink price fluctuating. We did our best to work with the situation, to the point where we couldn't do anymore. All the staff spoke as a collective to move back, and we were running around a fair bit. We as staff want to thank all those that helped us pack down as quickly as we did and got our fluffy butts back to the Sidewalk.
Moving forward away from the Malt House, we will be back at the Sidewalk for the future meets. Next meet is our lovely summer picnic, where we are out in the park, so bring sun block and water, a lot of water. Look forward to icepops... ALOT of them *hides the cooler box full till the meet day*
Now, onto the donation part of this little post meet post, to clairfy what they are for. The donations help fund us getting things for the meets, such as curtains and seats, stuff for our special meets (like the summer party, halloween and the christmass party). They are for every part of the meet and we get none of the funds. There will be many things for donation drives and art (such as what our lovely gryphon Mazzy is doing and more to be seen in the coming months)
We’re nearly there! 48-odd hours until our first Birmingham Furmeet at our new venue. And that means it’s time for our customary Final Thoughts.
• First, and most importantly, please be understanding with our new venue. They are learning about our group, just as we are working with them. Plans and layouts may change at short notice. However, we’ll do our best to keep things running smoothly
• Similarly, we want to create the best impression we can, so that our venue give us an even bigger welcome next month (and beyond). Therefore, please respect the venue and follow our Rules. This means no outside food/drink/sweets, no horseplay, and keep the alcohol drinking in moderation.
• The venue has two floors. The upper floor (indoors) is set aside for the Birmingham Furs. Due to our numbers, we will need to use other areas of the venue. But if you’re looking for a furry-only space, head upstairs!
• The Artist Alley will likely be on the lower floor. Soy will be heading it up this month – please direct any questions her way.
• Fursuit Walk: the route will be City Centre Gardens and Centenary Square. Map to follow. Tori will be leading the walk – any questions to him. He adds: “Don’t forget your own water, if you have it. You may also want to arrange a walk buddy to look out for you, hold your water, etc.”
• Anybody who can help with setup and takedown, please message me.
• And finally, feedback forms and donation jar will be returning.
And that’s about it! We’ll see you on Saturday – it’s going to be great.
G M N R S T Z
Just like Bryan Adams, everything we organisers do, we do it for you. Our Team Charter sets out how we work, as well as our team principles. And our key principle is our commitment to you, our attendees, which you can read below:
Thanks for reading, see you soon.
You’ll have seen us out and about, at meets and online. You’ll have heard of us and even spoken with us. But have you wondered what a Birmingham Furs organiser actually does?
Our main role is to ensure you guys have fun. We provide the venue and the environment for all you lovely animal-people to meet and socialise. And when you need to talk to someone about the meets, or an issue arises, we’re there for you.
To do this, we each have different roles. However we are one team, and we help each other where we can. We keep in close contact with each other, and we hold whole-team chats at least twice a month.
The organisers and their roles are here.
If you have any queries, you should contact the relevant organiser first. However all of us are here to help.
And if you want more details about how we work, you can look at our Team Charter.
Hope this helps!
Guest post from Nexus.
Hello everyone, to begin with, I want to thank you all for coming to these meets. You are an amazing bunch and you help make these meets possible.
Now let's get to the announcement. The new venue is the same distance away from the bull to the Sidewalk. It is still in central Birmingham. Definitely still a pub. Near a lot of water....I have been told off for teasing you guys too much. Now let me announce it properly.
The new venue is.....THE MALT HOUSE at Brindleyplace. It is a much bigger venue than before. We have an upstairs and an outside area as well. Over 200 seats in total. But guys, since this is a new venue, please be on your best behaviour. We as staff have worked very hard to find somewhere that fits all our needs, the guys at the Malt House are so very nice to house us and we shall be seeing them more often obviously so please be kind to them. We understand with the size of the new venue there may be teething problems and other issues but please bear with us and we can work together to make this meet amazing!
Hello everyone! There's been so much happening in preparation for our next meet on 17 June. Not everyone may be aware of what goes into organising a meet, so this blog is our space to give you a little insight.
We kicked off our prep on 17 May, before Confuzzled and one whole month before this upcoming meet. Since then, we have:
Still to do, we have:
There's still lots more happening behind the scenes. We intend to keep you a lot more up-to-date, so check back here for official announcements and news.
And of course, see you at a meet soon!