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  • 18 Sep 2015
    In our recent blog, The Refugee Crisis: make a difference on your doorstep, we highlighted some of the practical ways that people can support refugees through local initiatives. While the headlines focus on the need for emergency assistance, it is important to remember that, once in the UK, refugees and asylum seekers face many additional challenges and barriers - from alienation, to housing to health. Much of the support available is provided by small, local charities and solidarity organisations. These groups not only have an acute understanding of the particular needs in their area and community but many also provide unique, innovative solutions. A perfect example of this is The Bike Project. Jem Stein set up The Bike Project in 2013 after witnessing first-hand the problems for refugees and asylum seekers caused by London’s soaring transport costs. Jem’s solution was simple - to get refugees cycling! By repairing abandoned bikes and giving them to refugees, The Bike Project estimate they save each refugee over £1000 per year. Since 2013 the project has gone from strength to strength. To date, they have distributed over 980 bikes to refugees as well as venturing into new areas such as cycle training for refugee women. This week we met Jem amid the wheel-lined walls of The Bike Project’s HQ in South London. Here we took the opportunity to discuss how the project started, its successes so far and new initiatives. We also looked at how the project is benefitting from its business partnerships. What was your inspiration behind the Bike Project? “When I was at university I started mentoring a refugee. He was 16 and had fled the Darfuri genocide. He was placed in the outskirts of London. Beside all the terrible things he had experienced, one of the biggest challenges he faced was that he couldn’t get anywhere. London transport is so expensive. As an asylum seeker you get £36 per week to live off and a bus pass is £21 per week. As you can’t work this leaves you very little”. “I grew up in Oxford - a cycling city - one of the first things I did to help him therefore was try to get him a bike. This enabled him to access education, healthcare, base community and psychological support”. “I founded The Bike project in my spare time while at my last charity. I left that charity to run it full time in March 2013. So we’ve been going two and a half years”. Talk us through how The Bike Project works? “Our core work involves collecting bikes donated through individuals, police, local councils and various different organisations. These bikes are refurbished by the mechanics in our workshop”. “Refugees can come and get a bike from us - most are referred from refugee organisations but people can turn up on the door.” “We have just started providing basic cycle safety training to refugees too. Every refugee receives a set of lights, a lock and a helmet. Many choose to become regular volunteers with us – this way they are also involved in the process of fixing the bikes” “We also have a project that teaches refugee women to cycle. It quickly came to our attention that we were becoming very male dominated. When we did some research we realised that this was because most refugee women come from patriarchal societies where it is not socially acceptable for women to cycle. We got a little bit of funding from TFL and a private trust. We run that project every Tuesday with the Jesuit refugee service”. Have you had any specific success stories? “One of our success stories is Resom (pictured above) who is working next door. He initially came to us as a refugee and soon started volunteering for us. As he had leave to remain, he was allowed to work. He had a knack for bike mechanics so we supported him to train as a mechanic. We now employ him 3 and a bit days per week.” You have recently been sponsored by the Law firm Winckworth – Sherwood to become a member of Localgiving. Have you explored working with businesses before and would you say there are any particular benefits from working with businesses? “We are really grateful to Winckworth - Sherwood for supporting us. We encourage them to visit and see what we do. We look forward to working with them in the future”. “We are a charity and social enterprise. Part of our income comes from providing bike servicing to firms in the city with commuter cyclists - so we work with a lot of big and medium sized businesses” “The great thing about working with businesses is that people who work in the private sector really like to feel that their skills can be useful (to charities). You can get a lot out of a relationship if you can find a way to use these skills. For example, our treasurer is the financial director of a private equity firm in the city. It is important for him to be able to use his skills in a way that helps a charity.” “When working with a business if there is a way for you to utilise their skills, this can be the core of a really productive relationship in terms of volunteering and potentially financially.”    To find out more about the bike project or donate please visit: The Bike Project To find out about groups supporting refugees and asylum seekers in your area, you can search for relevant charities HERE.     
    1788 Posted by Lewis Garland
  • In our recent blog, The Refugee Crisis: make a difference on your doorstep, we highlighted some of the practical ways that people can support refugees through local initiatives. While the headlines focus on the need for emergency assistance, it is important to remember that, once in the UK, refugees and asylum seekers face many additional challenges and barriers - from alienation, to housing to health. Much of the support available is provided by small, local charities and solidarity organisations. These groups not only have an acute understanding of the particular needs in their area and community but many also provide unique, innovative solutions. A perfect example of this is The Bike Project. Jem Stein set up The Bike Project in 2013 after witnessing first-hand the problems for refugees and asylum seekers caused by London’s soaring transport costs. Jem’s solution was simple - to get refugees cycling! By repairing abandoned bikes and giving them to refugees, The Bike Project estimate they save each refugee over £1000 per year. Since 2013 the project has gone from strength to strength. To date, they have distributed over 980 bikes to refugees as well as venturing into new areas such as cycle training for refugee women. This week we met Jem amid the wheel-lined walls of The Bike Project’s HQ in South London. Here we took the opportunity to discuss how the project started, its successes so far and new initiatives. We also looked at how the project is benefitting from its business partnerships. What was your inspiration behind the Bike Project? “When I was at university I started mentoring a refugee. He was 16 and had fled the Darfuri genocide. He was placed in the outskirts of London. Beside all the terrible things he had experienced, one of the biggest challenges he faced was that he couldn’t get anywhere. London transport is so expensive. As an asylum seeker you get £36 per week to live off and a bus pass is £21 per week. As you can’t work this leaves you very little”. “I grew up in Oxford - a cycling city - one of the first things I did to help him therefore was try to get him a bike. This enabled him to access education, healthcare, base community and psychological support”. “I founded The Bike project in my spare time while at my last charity. I left that charity to run it full time in March 2013. So we’ve been going two and a half years”. Talk us through how The Bike Project works? “Our core work involves collecting bikes donated through individuals, police, local councils and various different organisations. These bikes are refurbished by the mechanics in our workshop”. “Refugees can come and get a bike from us - most are referred from refugee organisations but people can turn up on the door.” “We have just started providing basic cycle safety training to refugees too. Every refugee receives a set of lights, a lock and a helmet. Many choose to become regular volunteers with us – this way they are also involved in the process of fixing the bikes” “We also have a project that teaches refugee women to cycle. It quickly came to our attention that we were becoming very male dominated. When we did some research we realised that this was because most refugee women come from patriarchal societies where it is not socially acceptable for women to cycle. We got a little bit of funding from TFL and a private trust. We run that project every Tuesday with the Jesuit refugee service”. Have you had any specific success stories? “One of our success stories is Resom (pictured above) who is working next door. He initially came to us as a refugee and soon started volunteering for us. As he had leave to remain, he was allowed to work. He had a knack for bike mechanics so we supported him to train as a mechanic. We now employ him 3 and a bit days per week.” You have recently been sponsored by the Law firm Winckworth – Sherwood to become a member of Localgiving. Have you explored working with businesses before and would you say there are any particular benefits from working with businesses? “We are really grateful to Winckworth - Sherwood for supporting us. We encourage them to visit and see what we do. We look forward to working with them in the future”. “We are a charity and social enterprise. Part of our income comes from providing bike servicing to firms in the city with commuter cyclists - so we work with a lot of big and medium sized businesses” “The great thing about working with businesses is that people who work in the private sector really like to feel that their skills can be useful (to charities). You can get a lot out of a relationship if you can find a way to use these skills. For example, our treasurer is the financial director of a private equity firm in the city. It is important for him to be able to use his skills in a way that helps a charity.” “When working with a business if there is a way for you to utilise their skills, this can be the core of a really productive relationship in terms of volunteering and potentially financially.”    To find out more about the bike project or donate please visit: The Bike Project To find out about groups supporting refugees and asylum seekers in your area, you can search for relevant charities HERE.     
    Sep 18, 2015 1788
  • 04 Sep 2015
    It is impossible not to be moved by the tragic scenes taking place in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe – the crammed trains and boats, hauntingly reminiscent of our not-too-distant history. Images of desperate people, making treacherous journeys to escape war-torn regions. Many of us want to do our bit in this time of great human need. However, we can’t all be handing out provisions in Budapest, Kos or Calais. So, how then can we help? There are many larger charities, national and international, that have a proven track record in supporting refugees - UNHCR, Refugee Action and the  British Red Cross to name a few. These organisations provide exceptional emergency support and advocacy. However, much of the long term support required by asylum seekers and refugees is provided by small, locally-based community groups and solidarity organisations. Once in the UK, refugees and asylum seekers face multiple, complex issues – be it trauma, exploitation or social isolation. These grassroots organisations provide the essential support needed to empower refugees and enable them to fully integrate and flourish. Support local groups As a member organisation for local charities and community groups, Localgiving is proud to work with many of these amazing groups from across the country. To highlight just a few: RETAS provide education and training to refugees and asylum seekers in West Yorkshire to help them rebuild their lives in the UK Embrace, based in Stoke-on-Trent, provide a drop-in service for female asylum seekers and their children across Staffordshire who are experiencing hardship and social isolation NNRF work with and for refugees and asylum seekers across Nottinghamshire, offering practical advice, information, support and friendship CLEAR provide advice and education to both settled and developing refugee communities in Southampton Slough Immigration Aid Unit empower people by ensuring they know, and can access their legal rights under immigration law Ourmala support refugee and asylum-seeking women living in London to find strength and hope through yoga These groups all rely on their local communities – for both volunteering and financial support. To find out more about how you can get involved with groups supporting refugees and asylum seekers in your area, you can search for relevant charities here. You don’t have to be in Calais to play your part  sometimes the biggest difference you can make, even in times of international crises, is on your own doorstep.     Update (07/09/15): A huge thank you to everyone who has donated or offered  support to any of the charities above so far. I am just updating this blog to let you know about a new member of Localgiving, The Bike Project. This group receive donations of second-hand bikes, fix them up at their community workshops, and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers in London.       
    3141 Posted by Lewis Garland
  • It is impossible not to be moved by the tragic scenes taking place in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe – the crammed trains and boats, hauntingly reminiscent of our not-too-distant history. Images of desperate people, making treacherous journeys to escape war-torn regions. Many of us want to do our bit in this time of great human need. However, we can’t all be handing out provisions in Budapest, Kos or Calais. So, how then can we help? There are many larger charities, national and international, that have a proven track record in supporting refugees - UNHCR, Refugee Action and the  British Red Cross to name a few. These organisations provide exceptional emergency support and advocacy. However, much of the long term support required by asylum seekers and refugees is provided by small, locally-based community groups and solidarity organisations. Once in the UK, refugees and asylum seekers face multiple, complex issues – be it trauma, exploitation or social isolation. These grassroots organisations provide the essential support needed to empower refugees and enable them to fully integrate and flourish. Support local groups As a member organisation for local charities and community groups, Localgiving is proud to work with many of these amazing groups from across the country. To highlight just a few: RETAS provide education and training to refugees and asylum seekers in West Yorkshire to help them rebuild their lives in the UK Embrace, based in Stoke-on-Trent, provide a drop-in service for female asylum seekers and their children across Staffordshire who are experiencing hardship and social isolation NNRF work with and for refugees and asylum seekers across Nottinghamshire, offering practical advice, information, support and friendship CLEAR provide advice and education to both settled and developing refugee communities in Southampton Slough Immigration Aid Unit empower people by ensuring they know, and can access their legal rights under immigration law Ourmala support refugee and asylum-seeking women living in London to find strength and hope through yoga These groups all rely on their local communities – for both volunteering and financial support. To find out more about how you can get involved with groups supporting refugees and asylum seekers in your area, you can search for relevant charities here. You don’t have to be in Calais to play your part  sometimes the biggest difference you can make, even in times of international crises, is on your own doorstep.     Update (07/09/15): A huge thank you to everyone who has donated or offered  support to any of the charities above so far. I am just updating this blog to let you know about a new member of Localgiving, The Bike Project. This group receive donations of second-hand bikes, fix them up at their community workshops, and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers in London.       
    Sep 04, 2015 3141
  • 07 Jan 2014
    Afro*disiac Live Radio CIC is an independent, online radio station based in Christchurch, Dorset. The group gives music production and radio training for local young, older and disadvantaged people. Helping to increase their skills, confidence and future prospects. Station director, Raymond Nyenje, says “We believe Localgiving is the best online fundraising tool. As a C.I.C, it’s difficult for us to access grants and other fundraising avenues. With Localgiving.com it’s simple for us to generate donations and thanks to promotions like Grow Your Tenner, friends and supporters can get involved and we receive matched funding - it’s a fantastic idea for local organisations like us. “Running Afro*disiac has been tough as it operates out of a double garage at one of our director’s homes, with second hand equipment that’s prone to breaking down. The garage isn’t equipped with a bathroom or heating and with just under 20 DJs and presenters using the temporary studio the lack of quality equipment and amenities can be difficult. Thanks to funds raised through Grow Your Tenner, over £2,230, we’re hoping to relocate to Bourne Spring Community Centre in spring 2014 and purchase new computers and mixers for the new studio.” Find out more about and support Afro*disiac here.
    741 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Afro*disiac Live Radio CIC is an independent, online radio station based in Christchurch, Dorset. The group gives music production and radio training for local young, older and disadvantaged people. Helping to increase their skills, confidence and future prospects. Station director, Raymond Nyenje, says “We believe Localgiving is the best online fundraising tool. As a C.I.C, it’s difficult for us to access grants and other fundraising avenues. With Localgiving.com it’s simple for us to generate donations and thanks to promotions like Grow Your Tenner, friends and supporters can get involved and we receive matched funding - it’s a fantastic idea for local organisations like us. “Running Afro*disiac has been tough as it operates out of a double garage at one of our director’s homes, with second hand equipment that’s prone to breaking down. The garage isn’t equipped with a bathroom or heating and with just under 20 DJs and presenters using the temporary studio the lack of quality equipment and amenities can be difficult. Thanks to funds raised through Grow Your Tenner, over £2,230, we’re hoping to relocate to Bourne Spring Community Centre in spring 2014 and purchase new computers and mixers for the new studio.” Find out more about and support Afro*disiac here.
    Jan 07, 2014 741
  • 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.
    714 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 714
  • 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.
    1136 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 1136
  • 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
    773 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 773
  • 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.
    748 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 748
  • 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.
    736 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.
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  • 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.
    797 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 797
  • 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.
    863 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.
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