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If We Don’t Support Small, Small Can’t Support Us

Lizzie Walmsley, head of communications at the Small Charities Coalition, argues that smaller charities deserve more support.

97 per cent of charities have an income of less than £1m, but they share 20 per cent of the money that goes to the sector

I probably quote this statistic at least 10 times a week. I tell stakeholders who tell me that there’s a problem with trust in the sector, small charities who think they’re alone and sometimes I mention it on Twitter. As the editor of this publication highlighted, I’m actually wrong. This is a statistic used for ease but the truth is, with an estimated 200,000 unregistered “micro charities” in the UK, the figure is more like 99 per cent.

You could make the argument that this statistic is used to show that small charities should grow their income and become ‘big’. But that is not my intention or why I make myself sound like a parrot week after week.

74 per cent of charities in England and Wales turn over less than £100,000. As a helpful tweeter calculated, even if you took the 123,230 charities in England and Wales who have an income of £100,000 or less and gave them each a £50,000 gift, there would be an additional £6bn between them and yet they would all still be small.

I work for the Small Charities Coalition, a membership organisation representing over 9,000 small charities, not only giving them greater representation, but also providing a number of vital services including a support line, training and mentoring. I’m incredibly proud to champion the work of all small charities, registered and unregistered, across the country.

I am also supportive of our member’s growth ambitions – some are the perfect size for what they want to achieve and their ambitions are to maintain their small but vital purpose. Some want to grow slightly bigger, others want to merge with bigger organisations, many just want to be financially stronger and a minority have huge growth goals that they will one day no longer be small. They’re all part of the ecology of the rich civil society in which they exist.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Civil Society


Suicide Bereavement Support Services Sandwell

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group hosts a Suicide Bereavement Support Service. The service is funded by money that has been raised for the organisation for this purpose.

The service provides a safe space for people who have been bereaved by suicide to come together and talk openly about their experiences.  Groups are facilitated by trained professionals who bring with them skills and knowledge around coping with grief, loss and bereavement.

If you have been bereaved by suicide, and would like to access the groups, please contact Kaleidoscope on the number provided prior to attending.

The sessions are held on the Second Thursday of the month, 2 pm to 4 pm, at The Mezz, Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane B66 1BB.

For more information call Gillian Reeves on 0121 565 5605 or email Gillian.Reeves@Kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk


2019 National Campaigner Awards

Each year, the Sheila Mckechnie foundation celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners – whether working locally or nationally, and from individuals and community groups to people working in large organisations.

The Foundation would like to find those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously. So, if you know someone or an organisation who you think deserves to be celebrated, please do nominate them. You can also nominate yourself!

Details
Winners will receive their award at a fantastic evening ceremony in central London, on Wednesday 27th March 2019. To find out more and to nominate please visit: http://smk.org.uk/national-campaigner-awards/.

There are no fees associates with these Awards, it is free to nominate and attend!


Energy Advice Presentations

The Disability Resource Centre is holding two events to help people who may be struggling with energy bills.  There will be help and advice on everything from switching energy suppliers to money management. If you would like individual advice on the day, please bring along your annual energy statements.

The two advice presentations will be on:

Tuesday, 22 January 2019: 10 am – 2 pm
At Dartmouth House
Sandwell Road
West Bromwich
B70 8TQ

And

Thursday, 24 January 2019: 10 am – 2 pm
At Disability Resource Centre
Unit 18, Ace Business Park
Mackadown Lane
Kitts Green
B33 0LD

For more information, please feel to call Yvonne on 03030 40 20 40.

A light lunch and refreshments will be served at both events.


Football Foundation

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to schools, grass roots football clubs, local authorities and professional and semi-professional football clubs and their associated community organisations, that are looking to refurbish their existing or develop new football facilities.

The funding is available through the Football Foundation’s Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme and can be used to buy capital items such as portable floodlights, storage containers and other equipment; or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

The grants awarded cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. The Football Foundation strongly recommend that applicants use the pre-application advice offered on our behalf by The FA and the network of County FAs around England. This will normally involve completing the FA’s Football Facilities Enquiry Form (FEF) first, which will help The FA to learn more about a project and determine the best way to support the applicant organisation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

More information at: https://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund-small-grants-scheme/


Small Charity Bosses Reveal Digital Fears

A survey by Weston Charity Awards reveals concerns about digital issues among small charity bosses.

A third of small charity leaders say that dealing with digital upgrades and IT problems are among the key challenges they face over the coming year.

A survey of 371 heads of small charities found that 33% listed ‘major IT upgrades and failures’ as a key challenge they are set to face in 2019.

This was the fourth most mentioned challenge behind setting up a new partnership (34%), recruiting for a key role (37%) and the top rated challenge, of dealing with new regulations.

Weston Charity Awards, which compiled the survey, says it was “little surprise” to see regulation feature so highly as a concern given the this year’s live date for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), governing how organisations collect and data.

Digital skills in demand

Improving IT and digital skills is among the top five skills sought by small charity bosses, the survey also found.

This was mentioned by 38% of those surveyed, with 57% looking for fundraising expertise and 51% seeking skills in building partnerships with the commercial sector.

Other skills in demand include branding and communication, mentioned by 38%, and strategy development, cited by 24%.

Weston Charity Awards is run by Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight and is open to charities with an income under £5m in the North of England, Midlands and Wales.

Each of the 20 winning charities gain a year of leadership coaching through Pilotlight and £6,500 in unrestricted funding.

“Small charity leaders are under enormous pressure to steer their organisations through uncertain times,” said Philippa Charles, Director of Garfield Weston Foundation.

“We are delighted to support those showing enormous creativity and resilience through these Awards and to help them reach their goals.”

Source: Charity Digital News


Charities Putting Kindness at the Heart of Campaigns

For many people, ‘doing their bit for charity’ is a simple case of setting up a standing order or putting some spare change into a collection tin.

Of course, monetary donations such as these are always gratefully received, but many charities are also starting to ask their donors for something different. Instead of just asking for financial gifts, they have been encouraging people to donate acts of kindness.

Whether it is passing on beloved old clothes or toys to those less fortunate, sending used Christmas cards to be recycled into new ones, or carrying out an everyday gesture of goodwill, acts of kindness can foster a real sense of purpose – bringing donors and benefactors closer together.

Over the past few years, there have been many innovative and inspiring kindness campaigns. Here, we take a closer look at some examples.

The Bike Project

The Bike Project is a small, London-based charity that refurbishes donated bicycles and distributes them to asylum seekers and refugees. Since its creation in 2013, it has given out more than 4,000 bikes.

For Giving Tuesday in 2018, the charity provided its beneficiaries with a little extra. Marketing Manager Anna Chapman explains: “We decided to join in with Giving Tuesday in a different way this year. Rather than asking for donations, we encouraged people to write seasonal cards that could be handed out with our bikes.

“We felt that sharing personal messages of welcome would enable our supporters to better connect with our beneficiaries. A lot of the work we do is about community, and a simple act of kindness can mean a lot to the people we support.”

The campaign was a huge success. “We were delighted with the response we received,” says Anna. “We put the call out via our social media channels using an eye-catching image. Lots of people got in touch saying they were going to take part, and it created a real buzz online. We plan to give out [the greeting cards] with our bikes at upcoming bike donation sessions.”

Women in Prison

In 2017, the charity Women in Prison asked people to send in the front page of their used Christmas cards. The idea was that prisoners could recycle these into cards and decorations for children in the run-up to Christmas.

A call-out on Twitter went viral, and was even retweeted by Hollywood stars Cher and Bette Midler. As a result, Women in Prison received more than 5,000 cards. “People included lovely messages of support alongside the cards,” said a spokesperson for the charity. “It was a highly inspiring and warming experience.”

In fact, so popular was the campaign, that the charity had enough cards left over to distribute this Christmas. So, instead of asking for more, it is asking people to donate the postage they would have spent on sending them. To facilitate this, it has created an online platform.

To read the full Zurich article click here.


Kelly Family Charitable Trust

Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2019.
More information at: https://kfct.org.uk/

Kelly Family Charitable Trust – Deadline: 1st March 2019


Co-op Foundation

The Co-op Foundation is offering interest free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces. Community organisations that manage community buildings and outdoor spaces such as parks and community centres; etc which are for the use of the whole community can apply for loans to grow their trading activities to generate more sustainable income.

The Co-op Foundation can offer:

Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 towards viable business ideas that will benefit the whole community – particularly those facing greater challenges.

No repayments for the first year, while your trading activities are developing.

If you are based in a more deprived area, or your work mainly benefits more disadvantaged members of the community, the Co-op might also be able to offer some grant funding alongside a loan.

Applicants will need to fill out an expression of interest here.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

More information


EU Settlement Scheme Grant Funding Competition

EU citizens living in the UK and their family members will need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to obtain their new UK immigration status as the UK exits the EU.

The Home Office has up to £9 million of grant funding to be awarded to successful organisations in the FY19/20 through open and fair competition. The funding is available to bidders from the voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations willing to support vulnerable EU citizens and their family members with making their EUSS applications. Bidders should note they may bid only once, and their submission must fall into the Funding category of;

• Projects between £5,000 up to £39,999
• Projects between £40,000 up to £750,000

Outcomes
Ensuring that vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their families are supported to obtain a status is a critical objective. The Home Office is making funding available to mobilise services targeted at vulnerable EU citizens and their families, to ensure that those who require the most support to apply to the EUSS can access it.

The key outcome is for those funded to provide practical application support to vulnerable EU citizens and their family members; further details on this and indeed all aspects of this competition are outlined in the competition documentation, available to all those who register (details on ‘how to apply’ are within additional text other information).

All successful organisations will be allocated funding centrally via a Grant Agreement from the Home Office. The process leading to the award of the grant will be administered using Crown Commercial Services eSourcing portal, and all submissions must be made online via this portal. To take part in this grant funding opportunity, please see the ‘how to apply’ guidance which provides important instructions for registration on the portal, then gaining access to this opportunity. Traditional email or hard copy final submissions or proposals will not be accepted.

Bids will close at 12 pm (noon) on 01 February 2019.

See here for full details


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