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  • 17 Jan 2014
    Based in Wolverhampton, ConGens works to connect generations by providing health and wellbeing events and activities for young and older people. From exercise classes and social dances to cooking projects and I.T training, delivering intergenerational projects helps to bring local young and older people together to increase respect and understanding. Following on from a successful fundraising experience during Grow Your Tenner 2012, ConGens has benefitted from £4,600 through Grow Your Tenner 2013. Janet Mahay, Vice Chair of ConGens says “Grow Your Tenner is a fantastic arrangement for local groups to raise additional funds to support their work. Many funding sources groups have previously relied on are increasingly difficult to access or no longer exist, so with funds raised from Grow Your Tenner we’ll be able to provide day trips and lunches for our members. “ With funding from the Grow Your Tenner campaign in 2012, the group were able to deliver an eight week computer training project for older people, teaching them basic computer skills so that they can enjoy the benefits of being online like many other ‘Silver Surfers’. One participant, Mrs Lue, was very excited about the project as she had wanted to learn how to use a computer for a long time but hadn’t had the opportunity to. By the end of the program she had learned basic I.T. skills sufficient enough to use the computer independently. She was so happy about the new skills she’d gained, she introduced her husband to computing and they now support each other in their learning. “Localgiving has been a tremendous asset to our organisation, since joining we’ve benefitted in numerous ways. Grow Your Tenner has helped us to raise money for projects and general expenditure. Having a webpage on Localgiving.com gives our group greater credibility in the eyes of supporters, they can see that we are a trusted, structured group and read about what we do before making a secure donation with Gift Aid.” Find out more about and support ConGens here.
    788 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Based in Wolverhampton, ConGens works to connect generations by providing health and wellbeing events and activities for young and older people. From exercise classes and social dances to cooking projects and I.T training, delivering intergenerational projects helps to bring local young and older people together to increase respect and understanding. Following on from a successful fundraising experience during Grow Your Tenner 2012, ConGens has benefitted from £4,600 through Grow Your Tenner 2013. Janet Mahay, Vice Chair of ConGens says “Grow Your Tenner is a fantastic arrangement for local groups to raise additional funds to support their work. Many funding sources groups have previously relied on are increasingly difficult to access or no longer exist, so with funds raised from Grow Your Tenner we’ll be able to provide day trips and lunches for our members. “ With funding from the Grow Your Tenner campaign in 2012, the group were able to deliver an eight week computer training project for older people, teaching them basic computer skills so that they can enjoy the benefits of being online like many other ‘Silver Surfers’. One participant, Mrs Lue, was very excited about the project as she had wanted to learn how to use a computer for a long time but hadn’t had the opportunity to. By the end of the program she had learned basic I.T. skills sufficient enough to use the computer independently. She was so happy about the new skills she’d gained, she introduced her husband to computing and they now support each other in their learning. “Localgiving has been a tremendous asset to our organisation, since joining we’ve benefitted in numerous ways. Grow Your Tenner has helped us to raise money for projects and general expenditure. Having a webpage on Localgiving.com gives our group greater credibility in the eyes of supporters, they can see that we are a trusted, structured group and read about what we do before making a secure donation with Gift Aid.” Find out more about and support ConGens here.
    Jan 17, 2014 788
  • 28 Jan 2014
    “SWINDON 105.5 has been on air for almost six years, serving the town as an accessible, inclusive station, delivering local programmes made by groups and individuals for the whole community. “Our youngest trainee is 10 years old and our oldest presenter is 72. We provide training at all levels, from school placements to students wanting to go on to university to community groups needing to develop their profile and confidence in using the media. We also support unemployed people needing to develop skills and volunteers wanting to become part of the Station on a long-term basis. Seeking new funding streams “As a not for profit, non-commercial radio station, we rely on grant-funded projects, donations, fundraising activities and ‘Friends’. After hearing that costs of remaining at our current premises were going to increase considerably, with fairly short notice, we started looking at how to manage our current situation in the short-term and long-term as well as seeking possible alternative accommodation. Right time, right campaign “Whatever the decision, more funds were needed to help us through. So the Localgiving Grow Your Tenner Challenge came at just the right time. We set ourselves a target of raising at least £3,000. Donations came in, volunteers carried out a couple of fundraising bag packs and the number of “Friends” has increased. We raised just over £3,000 and with donations through a forthcoming Valentines evening, we expect to increase this just in time before Grow Your Tenner ends. “This fundraising has covered premises costs for the coming six months and is giving us time to develop ongoing support. Plus our Patron, Lord Joel Joffe’s fund will be donating £2,000 to us because we have achieved this £3,000 through Localgiving. The Grow Your Tenner opportunity proved really helpful in making people aware of showing support for SWINDON 105.5”. Shirley Ludford, Station Manager and Trainer, SWINDON 105.5. Find out more about SWINDON 105.5 here.
    1222 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • “SWINDON 105.5 has been on air for almost six years, serving the town as an accessible, inclusive station, delivering local programmes made by groups and individuals for the whole community. “Our youngest trainee is 10 years old and our oldest presenter is 72. We provide training at all levels, from school placements to students wanting to go on to university to community groups needing to develop their profile and confidence in using the media. We also support unemployed people needing to develop skills and volunteers wanting to become part of the Station on a long-term basis. Seeking new funding streams “As a not for profit, non-commercial radio station, we rely on grant-funded projects, donations, fundraising activities and ‘Friends’. After hearing that costs of remaining at our current premises were going to increase considerably, with fairly short notice, we started looking at how to manage our current situation in the short-term and long-term as well as seeking possible alternative accommodation. Right time, right campaign “Whatever the decision, more funds were needed to help us through. So the Localgiving Grow Your Tenner Challenge came at just the right time. We set ourselves a target of raising at least £3,000. Donations came in, volunteers carried out a couple of fundraising bag packs and the number of “Friends” has increased. We raised just over £3,000 and with donations through a forthcoming Valentines evening, we expect to increase this just in time before Grow Your Tenner ends. “This fundraising has covered premises costs for the coming six months and is giving us time to develop ongoing support. Plus our Patron, Lord Joel Joffe’s fund will be donating £2,000 to us because we have achieved this £3,000 through Localgiving. The Grow Your Tenner opportunity proved really helpful in making people aware of showing support for SWINDON 105.5”. Shirley Ludford, Station Manager and Trainer, SWINDON 105.5. Find out more about SWINDON 105.5 here.
    Jan 28, 2014 1222
  • 29 Jan 2014
    LGBT Youth North West raised over £3,215 through Grow Your Tenner, helping to continue the great work the charity carries out in support of young LGBT in North West England. Over 300 people in the local area use the LGBT Youth Centre as a safe space to access support, social opportunities and volunteering/training opportunities. Without the organisation, “many of the group’s members would return to misusing alcohol and drugs or become very isolated”, predicts Ali Hanbury, the Centre Manager. Others would lose out on opportunities of increasing their skill set and their confidence. The centre is at capacity and is in need of repairs and improvements which the money raised during Grow Your Tenner will be put towards. It costs around £1,000 a week to run the centre so the unrestricted funds provided through Localgiving are a big help. The group have also managed to secure seven matched monthly donations which provides a comfort over uncertain funding in the future. Emergency food parcels LGBT Youth North West will also use the money to buy extra emergency food parcels for homeless young people such as one transgender man who was thrown out of his family home after “coming out”. The centre has helped him to purchase items for college as well as dedicated staff time to help with homework, time management and travel costs. Ali explains that with the success of these interventions, “he has maintained good attendance at college and is now developing friendships on the course and is able to access learning mentors.” One of the biggest on-going problems the organisation faces is the assumption that LGBT equality has been achieved. As Ali clarifies, “Unfortunately many of our users continue to experience negative experiences of discrimination and our services help to counter this through training, work in schools, campaigns and through best-practice events.” Using the tools available to boost their fundraising The ability to use Localgiving to receive donations and benefit from their match fund campaigns will go towards making sure there is much needed support still available to the LGBT community in the North West of England. By using the resources from the Fundraising Toolkit, the team were able to focus on a strategy for promoting the webpage through twitter and other online networks. “Localgiving has been a real asset to our fundraising efforts and the Grow Your Tenner has made a massive impact” says Ali. Click here to find out more about LGBT Youth North West
    852 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • LGBT Youth North West raised over £3,215 through Grow Your Tenner, helping to continue the great work the charity carries out in support of young LGBT in North West England. Over 300 people in the local area use the LGBT Youth Centre as a safe space to access support, social opportunities and volunteering/training opportunities. Without the organisation, “many of the group’s members would return to misusing alcohol and drugs or become very isolated”, predicts Ali Hanbury, the Centre Manager. Others would lose out on opportunities of increasing their skill set and their confidence. The centre is at capacity and is in need of repairs and improvements which the money raised during Grow Your Tenner will be put towards. It costs around £1,000 a week to run the centre so the unrestricted funds provided through Localgiving are a big help. The group have also managed to secure seven matched monthly donations which provides a comfort over uncertain funding in the future. Emergency food parcels LGBT Youth North West will also use the money to buy extra emergency food parcels for homeless young people such as one transgender man who was thrown out of his family home after “coming out”. The centre has helped him to purchase items for college as well as dedicated staff time to help with homework, time management and travel costs. Ali explains that with the success of these interventions, “he has maintained good attendance at college and is now developing friendships on the course and is able to access learning mentors.” One of the biggest on-going problems the organisation faces is the assumption that LGBT equality has been achieved. As Ali clarifies, “Unfortunately many of our users continue to experience negative experiences of discrimination and our services help to counter this through training, work in schools, campaigns and through best-practice events.” Using the tools available to boost their fundraising The ability to use Localgiving to receive donations and benefit from their match fund campaigns will go towards making sure there is much needed support still available to the LGBT community in the North West of England. By using the resources from the Fundraising Toolkit, the team were able to focus on a strategy for promoting the webpage through twitter and other online networks. “Localgiving has been a real asset to our fundraising efforts and the Grow Your Tenner has made a massive impact” says Ali. Click here to find out more about LGBT Youth North West
    Jan 29, 2014 852
  • 29 Jan 2014
    With funding from the Peter Sowerby Foundation, we’re matching donations to charities and community groups in North Yorkshire pound-for-pound from 10am on March 4, 2014. Once complete, the £20,000 match fund will raise £40,000 + Gift Aid for local charities in North Yorkshire. Both single donations and monthly donations will be doubled up to £500 per charity. Monthly donations will be matched pound-for-pound for up to six months. In addition to this, North Yorkshire charities can also benefit from 50 free annual Localgiving.com memberships (worth £72 each), to be given on a first come first served basis. For more information, get in touch with Nick Dodd, North Yorkshire Coordinator on 07852 122329 or email nick.dodd@localgiving.com. Be sure to follow Nick on Twitter for all of the latest campaign updates.
    829 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • With funding from the Peter Sowerby Foundation, we’re matching donations to charities and community groups in North Yorkshire pound-for-pound from 10am on March 4, 2014. Once complete, the £20,000 match fund will raise £40,000 + Gift Aid for local charities in North Yorkshire. Both single donations and monthly donations will be doubled up to £500 per charity. Monthly donations will be matched pound-for-pound for up to six months. In addition to this, North Yorkshire charities can also benefit from 50 free annual Localgiving.com memberships (worth £72 each), to be given on a first come first served basis. For more information, get in touch with Nick Dodd, North Yorkshire Coordinator on 07852 122329 or email nick.dodd@localgiving.com. Be sure to follow Nick on Twitter for all of the latest campaign updates.
    Jan 29, 2014 829
  • 30 Jan 2014
    One group to make the most of Grow Your Tenner is CREW Heart Support. The group’s Chair, John Tudor says, “Match funding is a superb way of helping charities to maximise the amount they can raise. The advantage of Grow Your Tenner is that it allows individual supporters to give amounts that they can afford in the knowledge that even if they are retired or aren’t eligible to make Gift Aid declarations, our charity will still receive the donation with an added bonus. “CREW provide support in all forms, to people who have suffered from heart related problems, or those at risk of developing cardiovascular related problems in later life. This includes diabetes sufferers, people who are obese, have high blood pressure or cholesterol levels and so on. We also support carers and partners who would benefit from walking for health reasons. “With the money raised through Grow Your Tenner, we will purchase a lightweight defibrillator for our walking groups. We’ll also be able to ensure that the community venues that are run by Upbeat, our exercise and fitness providers are fitted with appropriate equipment for members to use. We’ve already fitted two venues with Public Access Defibrillators with the help of funds raised through Localgiving.” Find out more about CREW Heart Support Group here.
    808 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • One group to make the most of Grow Your Tenner is CREW Heart Support. The group’s Chair, John Tudor says, “Match funding is a superb way of helping charities to maximise the amount they can raise. The advantage of Grow Your Tenner is that it allows individual supporters to give amounts that they can afford in the knowledge that even if they are retired or aren’t eligible to make Gift Aid declarations, our charity will still receive the donation with an added bonus. “CREW provide support in all forms, to people who have suffered from heart related problems, or those at risk of developing cardiovascular related problems in later life. This includes diabetes sufferers, people who are obese, have high blood pressure or cholesterol levels and so on. We also support carers and partners who would benefit from walking for health reasons. “With the money raised through Grow Your Tenner, we will purchase a lightweight defibrillator for our walking groups. We’ll also be able to ensure that the community venues that are run by Upbeat, our exercise and fitness providers are fitted with appropriate equipment for members to use. We’ve already fitted two venues with Public Access Defibrillators with the help of funds raised through Localgiving.” Find out more about CREW Heart Support Group here.
    Jan 30, 2014 808
  • 05 Feb 2014
    Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) is a charity committed to supporting anyone affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. It provides a number of support services including refuge space, a helpline as well as outreach work into the community. “IDAS is essential as it’s about everyone having the right to live a life that is free from abuse and violence.” says the charity’s Director, Sarah Hill. “I feel privileged to work for the cause because the work we do makes such a difference to vulnerable victims and their children.” Formally York Women’s Aid, IDAS changed their name due to the developing and expanding nature of their work: protecting men, women and children from suffering abuse. To exemplify the importance of IDAS’ work, Sarah points to startling statistics that 1 in 4 people will be affected by domestic abuse at some point in their lives. IDAS’ work is clearly recognised by the community, being nominated this year as the Lord Mayor’s Charity. Though as Sarah acknowledges, the cause is often difficult to fundraise for due to its highly sensitive nature. Fundraising support is key to continuing the services of IDAS. A £100 donation through Localgiving could enable IDAS to provide emergency packs with food supplies, essential toiletries and nappies and toys for families that arrive at the refuge with nothing to their name. Beth's Story One such instance saw Beth* and her three children arrive at IDAS’ York Refuge in September 2012. She came to the refuge after suffering years of abuse at the hands of her husband including constant bullying and death threats. It culminated with a vicious attack, in which Beth was hospitalised with a fractured eye socket and multiple cuts and bruises. Her husband was imprisoned for assault, and Beth began a process of recovery with the help of IDAS. Through her time at the refuge, Beth overcame depression and anxiety and began to gain confidence and a sense of self-worth again. She eventually became comfortable enough to make new friends and move into a new home at the beginning of the year. While there is still a long way to go, without IDAS’ support, Beth and her children wouldn’t have had the chance to make the positive changes in their life needed to take steps towards recovery. Sarah reiterates that people can help IDAS in many different ways. From raising awareness about abuse, volunteering to support people directly or simply, by donating so that they can continue to provide their life-saving services. IDAS’ overarching goal is to liberate families from abuse when “a family can break free, escape from violence and go on to live without fear”. This, Sarah concludes is ultimately what they consider “a huge success”. Find out more about IDAS here *Names have been changed to protect identities.
    808 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) is a charity committed to supporting anyone affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. It provides a number of support services including refuge space, a helpline as well as outreach work into the community. “IDAS is essential as it’s about everyone having the right to live a life that is free from abuse and violence.” says the charity’s Director, Sarah Hill. “I feel privileged to work for the cause because the work we do makes such a difference to vulnerable victims and their children.” Formally York Women’s Aid, IDAS changed their name due to the developing and expanding nature of their work: protecting men, women and children from suffering abuse. To exemplify the importance of IDAS’ work, Sarah points to startling statistics that 1 in 4 people will be affected by domestic abuse at some point in their lives. IDAS’ work is clearly recognised by the community, being nominated this year as the Lord Mayor’s Charity. Though as Sarah acknowledges, the cause is often difficult to fundraise for due to its highly sensitive nature. Fundraising support is key to continuing the services of IDAS. A £100 donation through Localgiving could enable IDAS to provide emergency packs with food supplies, essential toiletries and nappies and toys for families that arrive at the refuge with nothing to their name. Beth's Story One such instance saw Beth* and her three children arrive at IDAS’ York Refuge in September 2012. She came to the refuge after suffering years of abuse at the hands of her husband including constant bullying and death threats. It culminated with a vicious attack, in which Beth was hospitalised with a fractured eye socket and multiple cuts and bruises. Her husband was imprisoned for assault, and Beth began a process of recovery with the help of IDAS. Through her time at the refuge, Beth overcame depression and anxiety and began to gain confidence and a sense of self-worth again. She eventually became comfortable enough to make new friends and move into a new home at the beginning of the year. While there is still a long way to go, without IDAS’ support, Beth and her children wouldn’t have had the chance to make the positive changes in their life needed to take steps towards recovery. Sarah reiterates that people can help IDAS in many different ways. From raising awareness about abuse, volunteering to support people directly or simply, by donating so that they can continue to provide their life-saving services. IDAS’ overarching goal is to liberate families from abuse when “a family can break free, escape from violence and go on to live without fear”. This, Sarah concludes is ultimately what they consider “a huge success”. Find out more about IDAS here *Names have been changed to protect identities.
    Feb 05, 2014 808
  • 12 Feb 2014
    Officially opened in 2000, The Riccall Regen Centre is a charity and social enterprise that provides essential business and recreation facilities to the local area. ‘Built by the community, for the community’, the Regen Centre came out of the efforts of 21 representatives from community organisations around the Riccall area. They identified a need for a community space that could be enjoyed and used by all, and worked tirelessly to make that a reality. Howard Adamson, Centre Secretary, knows just how much the centre needs regular funds to stay afloat. “Its funding is entirely dependent on what comes through the door in takings, donations, grant funding and fundraising.” says Howard “There is nothing from local or national government.“ Bringing the community together The Regen Centre provides facilities for a wide number of groups and functions, which without the centre, would not exist or happen in the area. It provides free accommodation to groups such as the community library and community archive as well as providing opportunities for volunteering for local people. As much as it has regenerated the area itself, the centre also needs its own regeneration to continue providing high quality facilities. Howard notes that a £100 donation through Localgiving.com will help to “upgrade our small hall which is the main base for our children’s activities. We also want to obtain smart board equipment for training purposes and an audio loop system for the hard of hearing.” Without fundraising, The Regen Centre would not be able to operate and develop. This would be devastating for the local community - groups could lose their home, children’s facilities would disappear and people would lose their jobs and volunteering opportunities. Recognition for the work of The Regen Centre is acknowledged both within the community and outside of it, having been awarded the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award on three occasions, more than any other charity in Yorkshire. Howard concludes that the support of the locality is vital to the centre’s continued success.“Without the voluntary and financial help from within and outside the community, we would not be able to operate and ultimately, provide the facilities for our users at a price they can afford.” To learn more about The Ricall Regen Centre please click here.
    862 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Officially opened in 2000, The Riccall Regen Centre is a charity and social enterprise that provides essential business and recreation facilities to the local area. ‘Built by the community, for the community’, the Regen Centre came out of the efforts of 21 representatives from community organisations around the Riccall area. They identified a need for a community space that could be enjoyed and used by all, and worked tirelessly to make that a reality. Howard Adamson, Centre Secretary, knows just how much the centre needs regular funds to stay afloat. “Its funding is entirely dependent on what comes through the door in takings, donations, grant funding and fundraising.” says Howard “There is nothing from local or national government.“ Bringing the community together The Regen Centre provides facilities for a wide number of groups and functions, which without the centre, would not exist or happen in the area. It provides free accommodation to groups such as the community library and community archive as well as providing opportunities for volunteering for local people. As much as it has regenerated the area itself, the centre also needs its own regeneration to continue providing high quality facilities. Howard notes that a £100 donation through Localgiving.com will help to “upgrade our small hall which is the main base for our children’s activities. We also want to obtain smart board equipment for training purposes and an audio loop system for the hard of hearing.” Without fundraising, The Regen Centre would not be able to operate and develop. This would be devastating for the local community - groups could lose their home, children’s facilities would disappear and people would lose their jobs and volunteering opportunities. Recognition for the work of The Regen Centre is acknowledged both within the community and outside of it, having been awarded the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award on three occasions, more than any other charity in Yorkshire. Howard concludes that the support of the locality is vital to the centre’s continued success.“Without the voluntary and financial help from within and outside the community, we would not be able to operate and ultimately, provide the facilities for our users at a price they can afford.” To learn more about The Ricall Regen Centre please click here.
    Feb 12, 2014 862
  • 13 Feb 2014
    Take Art, has taken a different approach to raise funds and awareness of the recent floods disaster that has hit Somerset and its surrounding areas. The group is re-staging a rehearsed reading of Shiona Morton’s play that toured South West England in 2006. Take Art has long brought creative experiences to the rural communities of Somerset. The group isn’t based in a theatre or studio or venue but rather touring the villages, towns and rural communities of Somerset. They work with people of all ages, abilities and experience to engage them in the arts. The play is set around a fictional village on the Somerset Levels called Harrow Bridge. Threatened by a major flood, villagers are forced to evacuate. However, a few chose to remain and hold on to their livelihoods. With the play’s current relevance, Take Art will stage the play as a fundraising event. “Several of the people and communities directly affected by the floods are our friends, neighbours and colleagues,” says Mark Helyar, Co-Director of Theatre at Take Art. “Many of them are great supporters of our work across rural Somerset. We want to do something to show our solidarity with what they’re experiencing at the moment and help them in whatever way we can.” The play will be staged at Red Brick Building, Glastonbury on Sunday 16th February at 7pm.To buy a ticket for the event click here. All donations will go towards the Somerset Community Foundation’s Emergency Flood Relief Fund, which is helping individuals, families and communities recover from the impact of the current floods. Visit the Emergency Flood appeal page here.
    937 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Take Art, has taken a different approach to raise funds and awareness of the recent floods disaster that has hit Somerset and its surrounding areas. The group is re-staging a rehearsed reading of Shiona Morton’s play that toured South West England in 2006. Take Art has long brought creative experiences to the rural communities of Somerset. The group isn’t based in a theatre or studio or venue but rather touring the villages, towns and rural communities of Somerset. They work with people of all ages, abilities and experience to engage them in the arts. The play is set around a fictional village on the Somerset Levels called Harrow Bridge. Threatened by a major flood, villagers are forced to evacuate. However, a few chose to remain and hold on to their livelihoods. With the play’s current relevance, Take Art will stage the play as a fundraising event. “Several of the people and communities directly affected by the floods are our friends, neighbours and colleagues,” says Mark Helyar, Co-Director of Theatre at Take Art. “Many of them are great supporters of our work across rural Somerset. We want to do something to show our solidarity with what they’re experiencing at the moment and help them in whatever way we can.” The play will be staged at Red Brick Building, Glastonbury on Sunday 16th February at 7pm.To buy a ticket for the event click here. All donations will go towards the Somerset Community Foundation’s Emergency Flood Relief Fund, which is helping individuals, families and communities recover from the impact of the current floods. Visit the Emergency Flood appeal page here.
    Feb 13, 2014 937
  • 05 Sep 2014
    The Charity Engagement team’s newest member Cara joined Annalisa on a visit to Global Generation’s community garden in Kings Cross, London. In this blog post she tells us about her encounter and what she learnt about the fantastic work the charity is doing. It’s my second week at Localgiving and to celebrate, Annalisa and I went on a Charity Engagement Team Adventure to Global Generation’s ‘The Skip Garden’ near King’s Cross. We enjoyed our morning exploring and learning about the garden's mission to foster an understanding of self, others, the environment through the medium of community gardening, educational programmes, and lots of climbing into colourfu, repurposed skips. We almost thought we were in the wrong place when we arrived at what looked like a construction site, but a friendly builder assured us that yes, there is a community garden plonked in one of Europe’s largest development sites. When we entered the garden, we saw chillies, pears, ginger, aloe vera and flowers of all kinds growing in skips and recycled containers. And butterflies!  We had a really interesting meeting with Nicole who told us about Global Generation and its mission to ‘harness the positive spirit of young people as catalysts for environmental and social change’ - the project is about much more than just growing vegetables. The garden is a powerhouse of unique work focussed on giving young people a broad and holistic perspective of who they are, the environment, and how the two relate.  Wanting to stay true to the urban environments that is the context for the lives of many young people, Nicole told us that The Skip Garden is happy to be positioned in the middle of a building site; their green garden is completely mobile (hence the skips) and migrates as the concrete jungle around them develops, opening up a new pocket of colourful garden for local people to enjoy. We saw Global Generation’s vision reflected in everything that they do from maintaining corporate partnerships that involve the local community, to using materials from the construction site to build the garden. Nicole told us that they have some of their meetings in skips, and used them as immersive reflection spaces for young people – we jumped in and found it pretty nice to be surrounded by plants, flowers and fruit. From a funding perspective, Global Generation is mature in its thinking; following a cut in funding from the Big Lottery Fund, their diversified income streams are a shining example of how local charities can adapt, and make themselves less vulnerable to any once funding source. The list is endless: The Skip Garden works closely with construction companies at Kings Cross Central, runs a café, hosts supper clubs, is available for venue hire, provides training and out of the ordinary social events for businesses, stocks seasonal flower beds for nearby restaurants, sells produce to the nearby office of The Guardian, maintains a roof-top vegetable garden on top of Wolff Olins, and has a ‘flying café’ which flits around the area selling meals made with produce from the garden form a purpose build bike. (…and breathe!) The Skip Garden has lots of exciting plans and I am looking forward to supporting their fundraising through Localgiving – our crowdfunding feature will be launched soon, and will be a really good tool for the charity to use. It will create a platform for project-specific fundraising, and will hopefully present a high impact opportunity for supporters to donate and get involved in supporting the project.  Although London is full of greens spaces, to me, The Skip Garden offers a lot more than a simple park; I saw a lively team of people, with an exciting mission, focussed heavily on interaction – all of which puts my wilting basil plant to shame. Highlights included ‘orchard skip’, ‘polly skip’, seeing ginger growing (who knew it could be grown in pots?!), some ceramics from Central St Martins, the behives and wormery, a bicycle powered irrigation system, pizza ovens … and wildflowers growing out of hard hats – an image which, to me, sort of sums of what Global Generation is all about. Find out more about Global Generation and support them here.
    1128 Posted by Cara Sanquest
  • The Charity Engagement team’s newest member Cara joined Annalisa on a visit to Global Generation’s community garden in Kings Cross, London. In this blog post she tells us about her encounter and what she learnt about the fantastic work the charity is doing. It’s my second week at Localgiving and to celebrate, Annalisa and I went on a Charity Engagement Team Adventure to Global Generation’s ‘The Skip Garden’ near King’s Cross. We enjoyed our morning exploring and learning about the garden's mission to foster an understanding of self, others, the environment through the medium of community gardening, educational programmes, and lots of climbing into colourfu, repurposed skips. We almost thought we were in the wrong place when we arrived at what looked like a construction site, but a friendly builder assured us that yes, there is a community garden plonked in one of Europe’s largest development sites. When we entered the garden, we saw chillies, pears, ginger, aloe vera and flowers of all kinds growing in skips and recycled containers. And butterflies!  We had a really interesting meeting with Nicole who told us about Global Generation and its mission to ‘harness the positive spirit of young people as catalysts for environmental and social change’ - the project is about much more than just growing vegetables. The garden is a powerhouse of unique work focussed on giving young people a broad and holistic perspective of who they are, the environment, and how the two relate.  Wanting to stay true to the urban environments that is the context for the lives of many young people, Nicole told us that The Skip Garden is happy to be positioned in the middle of a building site; their green garden is completely mobile (hence the skips) and migrates as the concrete jungle around them develops, opening up a new pocket of colourful garden for local people to enjoy. We saw Global Generation’s vision reflected in everything that they do from maintaining corporate partnerships that involve the local community, to using materials from the construction site to build the garden. Nicole told us that they have some of their meetings in skips, and used them as immersive reflection spaces for young people – we jumped in and found it pretty nice to be surrounded by plants, flowers and fruit. From a funding perspective, Global Generation is mature in its thinking; following a cut in funding from the Big Lottery Fund, their diversified income streams are a shining example of how local charities can adapt, and make themselves less vulnerable to any once funding source. The list is endless: The Skip Garden works closely with construction companies at Kings Cross Central, runs a café, hosts supper clubs, is available for venue hire, provides training and out of the ordinary social events for businesses, stocks seasonal flower beds for nearby restaurants, sells produce to the nearby office of The Guardian, maintains a roof-top vegetable garden on top of Wolff Olins, and has a ‘flying café’ which flits around the area selling meals made with produce from the garden form a purpose build bike. (…and breathe!) The Skip Garden has lots of exciting plans and I am looking forward to supporting their fundraising through Localgiving – our crowdfunding feature will be launched soon, and will be a really good tool for the charity to use. It will create a platform for project-specific fundraising, and will hopefully present a high impact opportunity for supporters to donate and get involved in supporting the project.  Although London is full of greens spaces, to me, The Skip Garden offers a lot more than a simple park; I saw a lively team of people, with an exciting mission, focussed heavily on interaction – all of which puts my wilting basil plant to shame. Highlights included ‘orchard skip’, ‘polly skip’, seeing ginger growing (who knew it could be grown in pots?!), some ceramics from Central St Martins, the behives and wormery, a bicycle powered irrigation system, pizza ovens … and wildflowers growing out of hard hats – an image which, to me, sort of sums of what Global Generation is all about. Find out more about Global Generation and support them here.
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  • 13 Feb 2014
    Good Neighbours is a community minibus and volunteer car scheme that provides transport for anyone over 60 and those with a disability in and around the Whitby and Scarborough area. The scheme was launched in 1996, to provide transport for people who were unable to use other forms of transport to access essential services. The scheme operates mostly in rural areas and covers an area of approximately 500 square miles. Alan Lund, Manager of Good Neighbours says the scheme allows people to overcome social and rural isolation in order to maintain an independent lifestyle. “Typically our volunteers support older people to attend hospital and doctors appointments and other health related journeys such as podiatry, opticians, dentists and day centres.” In addition to this, many of the members simply use it for social or everyday tasks such as going to the supermarket or simply to visit friends and relatives. Good Neighbours is set to receive funding cuts from for the next financial year. This makes donations and fundraising all the more important to keep the service running. A £100 donation through Localgiving would keep the community minibus running for two weeks and continue to reduce isolation in rural areas. Last year Good Neighbours’ volunteers provided just over 15,000 passenger journeys, covering in excess of 112,000 miles and provided support for more than 1,150 elderly people. Any reduction to this service, would represent a huge loss to those that rely on it. “Communities need to look after their own and a scheme like ourselves in a remote area such as ours with a high elderly population and low car ownership is vital.” concludes Alan. “Not only to the well being of many families, but it gives older people independence and allows them to remain in their own homes without having to constantly rely on family members to transport them around”. Learn more about Good Neighbours Community Transport
    874 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Good Neighbours is a community minibus and volunteer car scheme that provides transport for anyone over 60 and those with a disability in and around the Whitby and Scarborough area. The scheme was launched in 1996, to provide transport for people who were unable to use other forms of transport to access essential services. The scheme operates mostly in rural areas and covers an area of approximately 500 square miles. Alan Lund, Manager of Good Neighbours says the scheme allows people to overcome social and rural isolation in order to maintain an independent lifestyle. “Typically our volunteers support older people to attend hospital and doctors appointments and other health related journeys such as podiatry, opticians, dentists and day centres.” In addition to this, many of the members simply use it for social or everyday tasks such as going to the supermarket or simply to visit friends and relatives. Good Neighbours is set to receive funding cuts from for the next financial year. This makes donations and fundraising all the more important to keep the service running. A £100 donation through Localgiving would keep the community minibus running for two weeks and continue to reduce isolation in rural areas. Last year Good Neighbours’ volunteers provided just over 15,000 passenger journeys, covering in excess of 112,000 miles and provided support for more than 1,150 elderly people. Any reduction to this service, would represent a huge loss to those that rely on it. “Communities need to look after their own and a scheme like ourselves in a remote area such as ours with a high elderly population and low car ownership is vital.” concludes Alan. “Not only to the well being of many families, but it gives older people independence and allows them to remain in their own homes without having to constantly rely on family members to transport them around”. Learn more about Good Neighbours Community Transport
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