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Why Hybrid Events Are the Future of Charity Fundraisers

Hybrid Events offer an opportunity for your charity to experience the best of both worlds: bringing together the accessibility and reach of virtual events and the memorable experiences and opportunities for networking that come with physical ones. 

Enthuse have developed a resource that offers practical advice on everything you need to know about setting up your very own hybrid event and maximising its reach. From finding the right idea, through to setting targets, driving participation and tracking engagement.

Find out more or to download the e-book by clicking here.

What are Hybrid Events?

A ‘Hybrid Event’ is any event (such as a fundraiser, networking event, conference, seminar or workshop) that combines a traditional physical event infrastructure with a virtual component.

Hybrid events usually follow the same model as in-person ones, with the addition of virtual components. For example, a conference following the Hybrid Event model would retain many features of a physical event, such as a central venue, a programme of events, and in-person networking. Speakers may be present in person, attending virtually through video-conferencing software, or a combination of both.

Hybrid Events combine the best characteristics of both virtual and physical events. That’s why they are often used as a means of increasing participation and engagement. They enable the participation of people who might be unable to attend physically due to travel or time zone constraints or through a wish to reduce the carbon footprint of the event.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News


Looking to get rid of surplus office furniture?

This is a callout to any organisation which has office furniture that is surplus to need and would like to donate these items to another group.

West Smethwick Enterprise Family Centre is would like to acquire desks, tables, chairs, cupboards and filing cabinets.

If you are able to help, Aman Dhanda, Family Support and Quality Practice Manager, would like to hear from you. Email a.dhanda@wsenterprise.co.uk or call 0121 558 6796.


Macmillan Coffee Morning Online!

Great news, you’re invited to Macmillan’s Coffee Morning Online! They would love for you to join them via Zoom on 25th September between 11 am and 3 pm. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can go to the hub and take-away a slice of cake or two, too!

The coffee morning will be at Utilita Energy Hub, 3D Astle Park, West Bromwich B70 8NS: (located on West Bromwich High Street, next door to the German Donner Kebab Shop)

Log on and join in for a brew, a slice of cake and a lovely chat to all participants – all for a fantastic cause.

See joining details below.

Topic: MacMillan Coffee Morning
Time: Sep 25, 2020 11:00 AM London

Link to Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91036975849?pwd=bEU2V0t5T0psTXJNVG95aElBUG9TQT09

Meeting ID: 910 3697 5849
Passcode: 3WzTyt

If you cannot attend, but still wish to make a donation, see here.

For those who wish to attend, please get back to Jack Badger at jackbadger@utilita.co.uk to accept the invite.

Macmillan look forward to seeing you!


What Is The Future of Remote Working For Charities?

Charity Digital News examine how the last few months of remote working have brought charity service delivery in line with people’s wider experience of digital services – and how the pandemic will shape the future of charity service delivery.

The last few months have seen many charities rapidly digitise their services in order to survive. Initially, these changes were born out of necessity. Faced with an unprecedented lockdown, charities had to move service delivery, fundraising and other operations online – with many small charities taking the first steps on their digital journey.

But several months down the line, most of these changes look like they are here to stay. Charities have been able to increase their reach and their impact – with virtual events and digital service delivery removing barriers to accessibility and helping organisations expand their base beyond their immediate geographic areas.

Much of this change has been driven by remote working. What has been thrust upon the sector as a short-term necessity has begun to look like a long-term solution. The flexibility of remote working offers benefits for both charity workers and service users.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News


5 Best Practice Tips to Make Your Charity Social Media Posts More Accessible

Charity social media is about bringing people together. But you can’t do that if you’re unintentionally excluding some of your audience.

Over the past few years, charities have put significant focus on inclusive website design that accounts for a wide range of diversity among users and the barriers they might face when interacting with digital content.

These limitations fall broadly into three categories – permanent (like when someone has a disability, visual or cognitive impairment), temporary (such as when someone is recovering from a stroke or has an ear infection) and situational (for instance, someone interacting with content whilst holding a baby, in a very loud place or somewhere where they aren’t safe to play content out loud).

Accessibility encompasses a wide range of different audience challenges. And for many organisations, ensuring that everyone has equal access to their information and content is a vital part of their mission.

But accessibility goes far beyond just your website. It is also crucial to reaching new audiences and building relationships with diverse groups of supporters and advocates. Has your charity thought about the content you’re putting out on social media platforms?

Here are some quick social media best practice tips and accessibility features to get you started.

Make sure your built-in accessibility features are enabled

This is probably the first you should do to make your social content more accessible. Explore the settings of the platforms you’re on and enable any accessibility features, as some may not be turned on by default. In Twitter, for example, you have to dig for it in ’Settings and Privacy’ > ’Accessibility’. Take the time to familiarise yourself with them, and with the latest accessibility updates from the platforms you use.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News


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Language Cash Released

pound-850369_1280Local organisations are invited to apply for funding to deliver English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses for Sandwell residents.

Sandwell Language Network (SLN) is a new project funded by the Government’s ‘Controlling Migration Fund’, led by a partnership including Sandwell Consortium, Sandwell College, Sandwell Public Health and SCVO.

The project aims to increase the availability of English language support in Sandwell; boost existing provision and help language learners access employment pathways.

Funding is available for courses ranging from informal, conversational English to higher level proficiency acknowledged at international level.

All successful providers will be expected to contribute to the wider aims of the SLN project, which include recruiting and training volunteers to deliver courses. Other aims focus on supporting learners to access further educational opportunities and engage with local employment initiatives.

You can find out more by emailing english@sandwellconsortium.co.uk or speak to a member of the team on 0121 533 2668.

Application deadlines are:

15th October, 2020
15th December, 2020
15th February, 2021

See Partner Funding Framework document and application form.

 


How Grant Making Practice has Changed Following COVID-19

Charities are having to be increasingly savvy as they look to compete for a smaller pool of funds from grantmakers amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 has transformed the relationship between charities and grantmakers, such as corporate partners, government funders and foundation trusts.

There is simply less money for funders to invest and distribute to good causes, amid financial uncertainty globally caused by the pandemic.

According to National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) data and research manager Lisa Hornung: “Investment values have fallen in 2020 and so will have the reserves of some organisations.

“In the longer term, the fall in investments will impact on the ability of grantmakers to give out funding to the sector, since many of them are heavily reliant on investment income.”

The pandemic has also altered grantmakers’ funding priorities, with long-term recovery from the pandemic and supporting at-risk communities increasingly key to their decisions.

Knowing what grantmakers want to spend their falling funds on is key to success for charities amid COVID-19.

Targeting grantmakers is especially important as many charities are currently being left vulnerable by an over-reliance on public donations, which have been hit by the cancellation of in-person fundraising events and charity shop closures during lockdown.

The fall in public donations to charities could be around £1bn, according to estimates in July this year by online fundraising platform Omaze.

According to Blackbaud Europe’s Status of UK Fundraising 2020 Benchmark Report, 27% of charity professionals say their income has fallen, an increase on the 21% who said there had been a decline in 2019.

Diversifying income streams, especially by ramping up the search for grant-giving could ensure the long-term future of those charities reliant on the public.

Read the full Charity DIgital News Artcile by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News


‘Rapid and Selfless’ Response to Pandemic Across Charity Sector

Jane Ide, Chief Executive of NAVCA, has been reflecting on the response from across the voluntary and community sector and, more specifically, the rapid and selfless reaction from local infrastructure organisations across England, many of them NAVCA members.

Jane writes:

We knew when the pandemic hit, our members would be right at the heart of the response. And the work they have done has been phenomenal.

Local infrastructure organisations are embedded in the communities they serve. Whether they are known as Community Action, a Council for Voluntary Service, Voluntary Action or some other title, the work they do makes a massive impact.

NAVCA members were quick to adapt their operations from day one of the pandemic to co-ordinate all manner of support services, from food deliveries and prescription collections to befriending and dog walking. Alongside direct support to people in need, they have worked tirelessly to connect small charities, community organisations, faith groups, businesses, the NHS, local authorities, mutual aid groups and volunteers in ways that work for their community.

Across the country NAVCA members connected with over a quarter of a million volunteers. We know that the efforts of the voluntary and community sector saved lives.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Source: NAVCA


The Importance of Authenticity For Charity Virtual Events

2020 has been the year of the virtual fundraising event. But with the sudden boom of charity activity now taking place online, it can be even more of a challenge for charities to move audiences to give and take part. Especially when there are so many competing voices vying for peoples’ attention.

In an increasingly content-saturated world, it can be challenging for charities to get their message heard when there is so much out there already. Transparency and authenticity are the key to successful and sustained charity communications and donor relationships.

The importance of defining your message charity’s is invaluable to lasting and memorable donor relationships and ultimate growth. By clearly outlining your mission, and connecting the format and style of your event to your cause, you can help your audience to better understand your mission.

Anyone can throw a virtual fundraising event together these days, but how do you take a great idea and make it your charity’s own? How do you make it memorable, compelling and human without the traditional face to face element?

The key lies in carefully defining your event’s message and relating it to supporters in a way that feels authentic, by keeping your charity’s story centre stage. Here are a few pointers.

Tie your fundraising activity to your mission

When thinking of an idea for your virtual fundraising event, try and come up with something that has a direct impact on supporters and is tied to your cause. Is there a way you can give back something of value to those fundraising for you? If you’re a foodbank, you could run an online cookery class and ask people to donate. If you’re an education and awareness charity, it could be a virtual quiz related to your area of expertise.

To read the full Charity Digital news article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News


VCS Insights Welcomed at ‘Reset and Recovery’ Workshops

Voluntary organisations, charities and community groups in Sandwell are invited to take part in upcoming workshops to discuss how support for local people can best be delivered in light of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Those attending the workshops will have the opportunity to hear about Sandwell Council’s recovery plans and initial findings of the COVID-19 community impact work undertaken by the Council. The workshop discussions will help shape the ongoing recovery work undertaken by the Council and the Council’s planning in how best to support local communities in the future.

Discussions will focus on: –
• How residents are accessing services and how good practice is making this happen
• Understanding barriers to participation and inclusion
• Sharing perspectives on the impact on communities in the short, medium and long term

Each of the four workshop sessions will be themed to cover the following areas:-

Children and Young People
Over 50’s
Health and Wellbeing
Welfare and Advice

SCVO will be hosting these workshops virtually using a video conferencing platform, and will be welcoming a Sandwell Council Director to lead discussions. Further information is available on this flyer.

Places are available to VCS organisations active in the borough on a first come, first served basis, via the Eventbrite links below:-

September 22nd: Welfare and Advice
September 28th: Children and Young People
September 29th: Over 50’s
October 15th: Health and Wellbeing


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