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  • 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.
    3565 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.
    Sep 05, 2014 3565
  • 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
    3087 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
    Feb 13, 2014 3087
  • 14 Feb 2014
    The Samaritans provide a listening ear to anyone in distress. Through their listening services, they have been providing care, support or simply just a friendly voice since 1953. This year, marks the 50th anniversary of the Northallerton and the Dales branch of the Samaritans which not only serves to highlight its success, but also its essential need in the community. At the time of its creation, it was the first rural branch in the country, providing much needed support to those who need it. 50 years later, as well as the traditional face-to-face support, they now offer a text and email service making sure everyone has the opportunity to be heard. The Samaritans is run entirely on the good will and hard work of a team of 50 volunteers. “We have no paid staff or fundraisers.” says Pamela Moffat, Fundraising Coordinator. “We are an individual charity and receive no outside funding or financial assistance from our headquarters.” It costs £18,000 a year to keep the Samaritans branch functioning, providing not only the listening service, but also outreach work into the community. This includes working in schools to address bullying and suicide issues, as well as local partnerships with Army Welfare groups, Network Rail and British Transport Police. How could you help the group? A £100 donation to the Northallerton and Dale Samaritans would cover the running costs of the charity for two whole days. Two days in which they could help someone in emotional crisis, going through hardship or in the extreme, prevent someone from taking their own life. “Without the Samaritans, their needs at a time of crisis might not be met and in a worst case scenario, could result in suicide” says Pamela. She also notes that it is not a “too infrequent occurrence” to be thanked publicly by someone who has been helped by the Samaritans, leaving no doubt about the impact of the Samaritans work in the community. “We need donations to keep running which in turn, continues to provide training for volunteers, lessens the strain on other Samaritan branches and ensures that every important call will be answered” something that Pamela acknowledges is just as important in their 50th year as it was in their first. Learn more about the Samaritans of Northallerton & the Dales
    3092 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • The Samaritans provide a listening ear to anyone in distress. Through their listening services, they have been providing care, support or simply just a friendly voice since 1953. This year, marks the 50th anniversary of the Northallerton and the Dales branch of the Samaritans which not only serves to highlight its success, but also its essential need in the community. At the time of its creation, it was the first rural branch in the country, providing much needed support to those who need it. 50 years later, as well as the traditional face-to-face support, they now offer a text and email service making sure everyone has the opportunity to be heard. The Samaritans is run entirely on the good will and hard work of a team of 50 volunteers. “We have no paid staff or fundraisers.” says Pamela Moffat, Fundraising Coordinator. “We are an individual charity and receive no outside funding or financial assistance from our headquarters.” It costs £18,000 a year to keep the Samaritans branch functioning, providing not only the listening service, but also outreach work into the community. This includes working in schools to address bullying and suicide issues, as well as local partnerships with Army Welfare groups, Network Rail and British Transport Police. How could you help the group? A £100 donation to the Northallerton and Dale Samaritans would cover the running costs of the charity for two whole days. Two days in which they could help someone in emotional crisis, going through hardship or in the extreme, prevent someone from taking their own life. “Without the Samaritans, their needs at a time of crisis might not be met and in a worst case scenario, could result in suicide” says Pamela. She also notes that it is not a “too infrequent occurrence” to be thanked publicly by someone who has been helped by the Samaritans, leaving no doubt about the impact of the Samaritans work in the community. “We need donations to keep running which in turn, continues to provide training for volunteers, lessens the strain on other Samaritan branches and ensures that every important call will be answered” something that Pamela acknowledges is just as important in their 50th year as it was in their first. Learn more about the Samaritans of Northallerton & the Dales
    Feb 14, 2014 3092
  • 04 Mar 2014
    Clarence Gardens Association (CGA) is a charity that provides space for people with enduring mental health issues and learning disabilities, to take part in activities, socialise and develop new skills. Activities range from music, sport, to crafts and games allowing a range of activities for everyone to take part in. Rachel Barber, Manager of Clarence Gardens Association, is proud that the centre provides a range of diverse and exciting opportunities. “There is nothing like CGA in York where we can meet the needs of individuals with flexibility and understanding. The centre is a place where people with enduring mental health troubles and/or learning disability can try something new and meet others who have been affected by ill health.” CGA supports people who live in care homes and in the community, providing a safety net where they can offload and address any problems. One in four people will suffer from poor mental health so with CGA providing a clear skills-based focus, it helps to build meaning and resilience in members’ lives as well as being able to signpost and help them get the support they need before a crisis. Without this, Rachel believes many members would have very little incentive or motivations in their lives. “The facilities enables all to engage in purposeful and meaningful activities that gives them a focus. Without this many member’s health deteriorates, which for some can mean being sectioned. As well as providing a focus we provide a means of helping people improving and maintaining their physical and mental health. Any signs of deterioration is picked up and used to develop a support plan to avoid a crisis.” What a donation could do A donation to Clarence Garden Association would mean that members can continue to enjoy exciting and varied experiences as well as access immediate and essential support. For instance, a £100 donation through Localgiving would enable a music therapist to work with members, giving them the chance to explore the freedom of expression and therapeutic benefits music provides. The work of CGA has benefited countless members, including helping volunteers find employment, discover new skills or successfully selling their craftwork at local shops. One such instance is Olivia*, who had been through many hardships with several bereavements in her family and as well as illnesses herself. Though CGA, she learnt a number of skills including how to use a sewing machine, making high quality stockings, cushions. CGA helped her to get out of the house and meet new people in a safe environment. Rachel says that her proudest moments are when they “meet at least one of the aspirations of every single member”. The work CGA do has without doubt, given people hope and excitement as they discover new skills. “I have been thrilled when a member finds out what he or she is good at something as it gives them so much confidence.” concludes Rachel. “This helps towards the journey of recovery”. Through Localgiving, Clarence Gardens Association has raised almost £7,000 in just over a year and benefited from two match fund campaigns. Learn more about Clarence Gardens Association *Names have been changed to protect identities.
    2883 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Clarence Gardens Association (CGA) is a charity that provides space for people with enduring mental health issues and learning disabilities, to take part in activities, socialise and develop new skills. Activities range from music, sport, to crafts and games allowing a range of activities for everyone to take part in. Rachel Barber, Manager of Clarence Gardens Association, is proud that the centre provides a range of diverse and exciting opportunities. “There is nothing like CGA in York where we can meet the needs of individuals with flexibility and understanding. The centre is a place where people with enduring mental health troubles and/or learning disability can try something new and meet others who have been affected by ill health.” CGA supports people who live in care homes and in the community, providing a safety net where they can offload and address any problems. One in four people will suffer from poor mental health so with CGA providing a clear skills-based focus, it helps to build meaning and resilience in members’ lives as well as being able to signpost and help them get the support they need before a crisis. Without this, Rachel believes many members would have very little incentive or motivations in their lives. “The facilities enables all to engage in purposeful and meaningful activities that gives them a focus. Without this many member’s health deteriorates, which for some can mean being sectioned. As well as providing a focus we provide a means of helping people improving and maintaining their physical and mental health. Any signs of deterioration is picked up and used to develop a support plan to avoid a crisis.” What a donation could do A donation to Clarence Garden Association would mean that members can continue to enjoy exciting and varied experiences as well as access immediate and essential support. For instance, a £100 donation through Localgiving would enable a music therapist to work with members, giving them the chance to explore the freedom of expression and therapeutic benefits music provides. The work of CGA has benefited countless members, including helping volunteers find employment, discover new skills or successfully selling their craftwork at local shops. One such instance is Olivia*, who had been through many hardships with several bereavements in her family and as well as illnesses herself. Though CGA, she learnt a number of skills including how to use a sewing machine, making high quality stockings, cushions. CGA helped her to get out of the house and meet new people in a safe environment. Rachel says that her proudest moments are when they “meet at least one of the aspirations of every single member”. The work CGA do has without doubt, given people hope and excitement as they discover new skills. “I have been thrilled when a member finds out what he or she is good at something as it gives them so much confidence.” concludes Rachel. “This helps towards the journey of recovery”. Through Localgiving, Clarence Gardens Association has raised almost £7,000 in just over a year and benefited from two match fund campaigns. Learn more about Clarence Gardens Association *Names have been changed to protect identities.
    Mar 04, 2014 2883
  • 05 Mar 2014
    Localgiving Featured Charity: Tyneside Women’s Health Tyneside Women’s Health is a small charity with centres in Gateshead & Newcastle which supports women to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing. They provide a safe space for women and opportunities for recovery including mental health courses, support groups, counselling and therapeutic activities; enabling women to achieve their personal potential and help them to feel good. Kate Mukungu, CEO of Tyneside Women’s Health assesses that ensuring sustainability is the biggest issue facing Tyneside Women’s Health, like all charities in coming years. Since joining Localgiving.com in late spring 2011, the charity has gained a new presence on the internet, raising their profile and most importantly, the facility to allow their supporters to donate online. “We have always dedicated a lot of time to fundraising applications but we never before had the facility where people in the community could donate to us in such a quick and convenient way.” The charity wasted no time in letting their supporters know about their new webpage on Localgiving. They have added the Localgiving button to their email signatures and webpage so that donors can find them on the site with ease. They also sent out leaflets to supporters, further promoting their page. The monies raised on Localgiving will benefit Tyneside Women’s Health as it will enable them to continue with the great work they are doing and provide even more invaluable services for the women in their local community. “Since we secured the online donation facility through localgiving our team has organised some amazing fundraising events, including a zip slide from the Tyne Bridge. It’s just so helpful to be able to offer people convenient way to make a contribution”. Tyneside Women’s Health held an International Women’s Day event on the 7th March to inspire women for the year ahead.  “A great day was had by all at Tyneside Women’s Health’s 2014 International women’s day event. Loads of prizes were won on the tombola and women contributed some really powerful advice to our ‘inspirational graffiti board’. We finished off with an energising singing session. Thank you and well done to all who participated!” Mandy Snee, Community Mental Health Worker Please click on the link below to find out more about the fantastic work that Tyneside Women’s Health is doing in their local community. http://localgiving.com/tynesidewomenshealth
    3137 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Localgiving Featured Charity: Tyneside Women’s Health Tyneside Women’s Health is a small charity with centres in Gateshead & Newcastle which supports women to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing. They provide a safe space for women and opportunities for recovery including mental health courses, support groups, counselling and therapeutic activities; enabling women to achieve their personal potential and help them to feel good. Kate Mukungu, CEO of Tyneside Women’s Health assesses that ensuring sustainability is the biggest issue facing Tyneside Women’s Health, like all charities in coming years. Since joining Localgiving.com in late spring 2011, the charity has gained a new presence on the internet, raising their profile and most importantly, the facility to allow their supporters to donate online. “We have always dedicated a lot of time to fundraising applications but we never before had the facility where people in the community could donate to us in such a quick and convenient way.” The charity wasted no time in letting their supporters know about their new webpage on Localgiving. They have added the Localgiving button to their email signatures and webpage so that donors can find them on the site with ease. They also sent out leaflets to supporters, further promoting their page. The monies raised on Localgiving will benefit Tyneside Women’s Health as it will enable them to continue with the great work they are doing and provide even more invaluable services for the women in their local community. “Since we secured the online donation facility through localgiving our team has organised some amazing fundraising events, including a zip slide from the Tyne Bridge. It’s just so helpful to be able to offer people convenient way to make a contribution”. Tyneside Women’s Health held an International Women’s Day event on the 7th March to inspire women for the year ahead.  “A great day was had by all at Tyneside Women’s Health’s 2014 International women’s day event. Loads of prizes were won on the tombola and women contributed some really powerful advice to our ‘inspirational graffiti board’. We finished off with an energising singing session. Thank you and well done to all who participated!” Mandy Snee, Community Mental Health Worker Please click on the link below to find out more about the fantastic work that Tyneside Women’s Health is doing in their local community. http://localgiving.com/tynesidewomenshealth
    Mar 05, 2014 3137
  • 04 Apr 2014
    Since 2011 Community Greenspace has been supporting local people from different backgrounds through activities that are not only of social but also environmental benefit. The majority of their work is done in mid-Cornwall with a specific focus on the China Clay Villages, which is an area of social deprivation. Their main goal is to encourage people to get more involved in creating and maintaining local greenspaces. Through their ‘Growing Together Project’ they have operated a garden-share and tool-bank scheme and continuously support local people to establish community gardens and other environmental areas. Localgiving’s ‘Charity begins in Cornwall’ campaign is an exciting opportunity for us to raise vital funds to continue our work Guy Doncaster, Secretary at Community Greenspace, talks about the opportunity to take part inLocalgiving’s Match fund campaign that is currently doubling donations for charities in Cornwall, and explains how the money raised through it will help to continue their great work. “Within the first year of our formation we obtained funding from the Lotteries Local Food programme to deliver a garden share project within the China Clay area. Unfortunately this funding has now ceased and we are in need of additional money to support our work. That’s why we were really excited when we heard about Localgiving’s Match fund. Being one of the charities that benefits from the £20,000 pot is super exciting for us as it allows us to raise over £4000 for our group. The money would help us develop our activities further as well as enable us to employ staff who are experienced in community development and horticultural activities. Hiring dedicated staff would allow us to reach more people, co-ordinate public workshops on horticulture and realize more of the great ideas we regularly receive from local residents." Getting ‘me time’ while helping others One of them is Diana Padwick, who wanted to establish a pocket community garden in St Dennis after volunteering at our practical activities. With the help of Community Greenspace Diana has developed a community garden at Clay TAWC in St Dennis and oversees volunteering at the site 2 days a month. This project has not only given her the opportunity to have some ‘me’ time, away from the responsibilities of everyday life, but also provided her with horticultural therapy. She is now a member of the Organisations Board of Directors at Community Greenspace and we are very proud to have her in our group. "We are very passionate about our engagement with local people and the ability to make a difference for them but also our environment. We believe our work has provided communities, many of whom are socially disadvantaged, to become more confident and capable of self-help. Without our commitment a number of existing community gardens would disappear, whilst new ones would not be developed. That’s why we are really keen to take advantage of the Match fund campaign.” If you want to support Community Greenspace, visit their page on Localgiving.
    3188 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Since 2011 Community Greenspace has been supporting local people from different backgrounds through activities that are not only of social but also environmental benefit. The majority of their work is done in mid-Cornwall with a specific focus on the China Clay Villages, which is an area of social deprivation. Their main goal is to encourage people to get more involved in creating and maintaining local greenspaces. Through their ‘Growing Together Project’ they have operated a garden-share and tool-bank scheme and continuously support local people to establish community gardens and other environmental areas. Localgiving’s ‘Charity begins in Cornwall’ campaign is an exciting opportunity for us to raise vital funds to continue our work Guy Doncaster, Secretary at Community Greenspace, talks about the opportunity to take part inLocalgiving’s Match fund campaign that is currently doubling donations for charities in Cornwall, and explains how the money raised through it will help to continue their great work. “Within the first year of our formation we obtained funding from the Lotteries Local Food programme to deliver a garden share project within the China Clay area. Unfortunately this funding has now ceased and we are in need of additional money to support our work. That’s why we were really excited when we heard about Localgiving’s Match fund. Being one of the charities that benefits from the £20,000 pot is super exciting for us as it allows us to raise over £4000 for our group. The money would help us develop our activities further as well as enable us to employ staff who are experienced in community development and horticultural activities. Hiring dedicated staff would allow us to reach more people, co-ordinate public workshops on horticulture and realize more of the great ideas we regularly receive from local residents." Getting ‘me time’ while helping others One of them is Diana Padwick, who wanted to establish a pocket community garden in St Dennis after volunteering at our practical activities. With the help of Community Greenspace Diana has developed a community garden at Clay TAWC in St Dennis and oversees volunteering at the site 2 days a month. This project has not only given her the opportunity to have some ‘me’ time, away from the responsibilities of everyday life, but also provided her with horticultural therapy. She is now a member of the Organisations Board of Directors at Community Greenspace and we are very proud to have her in our group. "We are very passionate about our engagement with local people and the ability to make a difference for them but also our environment. We believe our work has provided communities, many of whom are socially disadvantaged, to become more confident and capable of self-help. Without our commitment a number of existing community gardens would disappear, whilst new ones would not be developed. That’s why we are really keen to take advantage of the Match fund campaign.” If you want to support Community Greenspace, visit their page on Localgiving.
    Apr 04, 2014 3188
  • 06 Jul 2015
    In June Localgiving ran the #LocalHero campaign which saw 268 people fundraise on behalf of a local charity, raising a total of £80,499.05 in donations, prizes and Gift Aid from over 2,576 donors throughout the month. It is clear that online fundraising can be lucrative for small and local charities and it is important for these charities to be proactive about engaging with online fundraising throughout the year. As part of Small Charity Week, I hosted a webinar on ‘Inspiring Online Fundraisers’, which focused on how best to engage with and where to find fundraisers, as well as how to support them in the long-term.  Please click here for the slides. Below is a quick summary of presentation content.  Why online fundraising? This section focuses on the statistics behind online donations and fundraising and why it’s so crucial that charities make the most of this profitable revenue stream. Where can I find online fundraisers? This section covers how to find potential fundraisers both offline and online, including advice for making the most of social media tools and how to properly interact with your pre-existing supporters. How do I inspire online fundraisers? The key focus on the presentation, this section includes advice on how to make an inspiring appeal, evidence the impact of your work as well as some useful examples of groups who have done these things successfully; you can also read our blog post  for more information on this topic in our blog Follow These 6 Easy Steps & Find Your Next Fundraiser.  How do I support my fundraisers? Maintaining a relationship with your fundraiser once they have agreed to fundraise for you is a crucial part of the process. This section covers advice on how to successfully support your fundraisers and make them feel appreciated; you can also find more on this topic in our blog Support Your Fundraisers With These 6 Quick Tips.  How do I keep my fundraisers engaged? This section details how to turn your fundraisers into long-terms supporters and what that can mean for your charity in the long term. For more information on this topic have a look at our blog on How To Turn Your Latest Fundraiser Into A Supporter For Life.  Remember, if you need any help with your fundraising through Localgiving, you can contact us for free from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday - Friday on 0300 111 2340 or via help@localgiving.com and one of our team of qualified fundraisers will be happy to provide advice and support! 
    3755 Posted by Fergus Simpson
  • In June Localgiving ran the #LocalHero campaign which saw 268 people fundraise on behalf of a local charity, raising a total of £80,499.05 in donations, prizes and Gift Aid from over 2,576 donors throughout the month. It is clear that online fundraising can be lucrative for small and local charities and it is important for these charities to be proactive about engaging with online fundraising throughout the year. As part of Small Charity Week, I hosted a webinar on ‘Inspiring Online Fundraisers’, which focused on how best to engage with and where to find fundraisers, as well as how to support them in the long-term.  Please click here for the slides. Below is a quick summary of presentation content.  Why online fundraising? This section focuses on the statistics behind online donations and fundraising and why it’s so crucial that charities make the most of this profitable revenue stream. Where can I find online fundraisers? This section covers how to find potential fundraisers both offline and online, including advice for making the most of social media tools and how to properly interact with your pre-existing supporters. How do I inspire online fundraisers? The key focus on the presentation, this section includes advice on how to make an inspiring appeal, evidence the impact of your work as well as some useful examples of groups who have done these things successfully; you can also read our blog post  for more information on this topic in our blog Follow These 6 Easy Steps & Find Your Next Fundraiser.  How do I support my fundraisers? Maintaining a relationship with your fundraiser once they have agreed to fundraise for you is a crucial part of the process. This section covers advice on how to successfully support your fundraisers and make them feel appreciated; you can also find more on this topic in our blog Support Your Fundraisers With These 6 Quick Tips.  How do I keep my fundraisers engaged? This section details how to turn your fundraisers into long-terms supporters and what that can mean for your charity in the long term. For more information on this topic have a look at our blog on How To Turn Your Latest Fundraiser Into A Supporter For Life.  Remember, if you need any help with your fundraising through Localgiving, you can contact us for free from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday - Friday on 0300 111 2340 or via help@localgiving.com and one of our team of qualified fundraisers will be happy to provide advice and support! 
    Jul 06, 2015 3755
  • 01 Jul 2015
    Ahoy-hoy - I’m Kevin, and I head up the Technology team here at Localgiving. We are constantly working to refine and improve the donation process to make sure your donation goes even further, and we’re happy to announce a few changes today that we hope you’ll love. We’ve made donating quicker and reduced our payment processing fees First up, we are excited to announce an improvement that: makes it a lot faster and easier to make a donation means that more money is received by the charity from each donation made. Both are made possible since we have begun working with Stripe as our new payment solution partner. Stripe processes payments for the likes of Twitter and Facebook, and as a developer their platform is a breeze to use. They provide a great checkout experience for users, and most importantly they are helping us to ensure more money goes to the 2,000 charities on Localgiving. As a supporter, you’ll notice a change when you make a one-time donation. You now enter your payment details at the same time as choosing the amount, rather than having to jump to another page. Everything is a little clearer and easier. We hope you will see less time waiting for pages to load, leaving you more time to share you donation with your friends. As a charity, you’ll now receive more from each donation. When you make a £10 by debit card, at least 10p more will reach the charity than before. We are continuing to offer an option to donate with your PayPal account as that has been popular amongst supporters on our platform and also provides a smooth experience. You will see the ‘Donate with PayPal’ button on the donation page. And.....as an extra touch we’ve branded each charity’s donation page with their own logo. We have seen more donors landing directly on the donation page, so it seemed sensible to be doubly clear about who they were donating to! You can now donate even more (or less) Secondly, we have broadened the donation limits on the platform so that as a supporter you can donate as little as £2 or as much as £5,000 in one go. This was a no brainer. We can see that supporters have tried to donate more than our previous limit of £1,000 - so why stop that! Nudging the lower limit down from £5 to £2 was simply a response to some recent feedback we have collected from supporters. N.B. As a charity you can adjust your suggested donation amounts for your Localgiving pages (incl. appeal page) to reflect higher or lower amounts as you feel appropriate. Brand new buttons enable you to link directly to your donation page from your website  Finally, we’ve given charities and fundraisers a new set of embeddable buttons to get donations flowing to their charity, appeal, and fundraiser pages. Here's one for "Micks Big Jump" - the winner of #LocalHero 2015: You can place these buttons on a webpage, show live dynamic data about your cause, and point people to your donation pages. Fundraiser and Appeal buttons show a progress thermometer, whilst the standard Donate buttons link directly to your Localgiving charity page. Charities and fundraisers can find the new Buttons in their fundraising toolkit. If you have any questions or require help with anything included in our latest release, please feel free to give us a call on 0300 111 2340 or email help@localgiving.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
    4862 Posted by Kevin Sedgley
  • Ahoy-hoy - I’m Kevin, and I head up the Technology team here at Localgiving. We are constantly working to refine and improve the donation process to make sure your donation goes even further, and we’re happy to announce a few changes today that we hope you’ll love. We’ve made donating quicker and reduced our payment processing fees First up, we are excited to announce an improvement that: makes it a lot faster and easier to make a donation means that more money is received by the charity from each donation made. Both are made possible since we have begun working with Stripe as our new payment solution partner. Stripe processes payments for the likes of Twitter and Facebook, and as a developer their platform is a breeze to use. They provide a great checkout experience for users, and most importantly they are helping us to ensure more money goes to the 2,000 charities on Localgiving. As a supporter, you’ll notice a change when you make a one-time donation. You now enter your payment details at the same time as choosing the amount, rather than having to jump to another page. Everything is a little clearer and easier. We hope you will see less time waiting for pages to load, leaving you more time to share you donation with your friends. As a charity, you’ll now receive more from each donation. When you make a £10 by debit card, at least 10p more will reach the charity than before. We are continuing to offer an option to donate with your PayPal account as that has been popular amongst supporters on our platform and also provides a smooth experience. You will see the ‘Donate with PayPal’ button on the donation page. And.....as an extra touch we’ve branded each charity’s donation page with their own logo. We have seen more donors landing directly on the donation page, so it seemed sensible to be doubly clear about who they were donating to! You can now donate even more (or less) Secondly, we have broadened the donation limits on the platform so that as a supporter you can donate as little as £2 or as much as £5,000 in one go. This was a no brainer. We can see that supporters have tried to donate more than our previous limit of £1,000 - so why stop that! Nudging the lower limit down from £5 to £2 was simply a response to some recent feedback we have collected from supporters. N.B. As a charity you can adjust your suggested donation amounts for your Localgiving pages (incl. appeal page) to reflect higher or lower amounts as you feel appropriate. Brand new buttons enable you to link directly to your donation page from your website  Finally, we’ve given charities and fundraisers a new set of embeddable buttons to get donations flowing to their charity, appeal, and fundraiser pages. Here's one for "Micks Big Jump" - the winner of #LocalHero 2015: You can place these buttons on a webpage, show live dynamic data about your cause, and point people to your donation pages. Fundraiser and Appeal buttons show a progress thermometer, whilst the standard Donate buttons link directly to your Localgiving charity page. Charities and fundraisers can find the new Buttons in their fundraising toolkit. If you have any questions or require help with anything included in our latest release, please feel free to give us a call on 0300 111 2340 or email help@localgiving.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
    Jul 01, 2015 4862
  • 26 Mar 2014
    Borough Bowling Club is one of the oldest crown green clubs on the East Coast, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for anyone wanting to bowl. The club encourages everyone of any ability to get involved in bowls, providing coaching, training and social opportunities for new and existing members. Pete Charter is Chairman for the club. “Our sport is for people of all ages and ideal for families to join. I’m very passionate about it and it’s part of the local community. Many of them use the facilities and love to watch matches and competitions in the summer”. Like many local clubs, Borough Bowling Club have large maintenance costs to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all. “We are looking to take over the green maintenance ourselves from Scarborough District Council. While we have a good relationship with them, the costs are great and currently costs us over £5000 a year, as well as rental of the grounds” explains Pete. A donation through Localgiving, would have a huge impact in achieving this vision. “Our members work hard to raise money through social events though we need to raise more in order to complete our project.” As Pete points out, the project is vitally important in ensuring the sustainability and viability of the club. “Borough Bowling Club has been there for many years and has become an important part of local area. Not just for members, but for the community as a whole”. The club was able to receive over £4,000 in matched donations following our North Yorkshire match fund campaign, which help greatly towards their yearly costs. Click here to visit their Localgiving page and learn more. 
    3078 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Borough Bowling Club is one of the oldest crown green clubs on the East Coast, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for anyone wanting to bowl. The club encourages everyone of any ability to get involved in bowls, providing coaching, training and social opportunities for new and existing members. Pete Charter is Chairman for the club. “Our sport is for people of all ages and ideal for families to join. I’m very passionate about it and it’s part of the local community. Many of them use the facilities and love to watch matches and competitions in the summer”. Like many local clubs, Borough Bowling Club have large maintenance costs to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all. “We are looking to take over the green maintenance ourselves from Scarborough District Council. While we have a good relationship with them, the costs are great and currently costs us over £5000 a year, as well as rental of the grounds” explains Pete. A donation through Localgiving, would have a huge impact in achieving this vision. “Our members work hard to raise money through social events though we need to raise more in order to complete our project.” As Pete points out, the project is vitally important in ensuring the sustainability and viability of the club. “Borough Bowling Club has been there for many years and has become an important part of local area. Not just for members, but for the community as a whole”. The club was able to receive over £4,000 in matched donations following our North Yorkshire match fund campaign, which help greatly towards their yearly costs. Click here to visit their Localgiving page and learn more. 
    Mar 26, 2014 3078
  • 02 Apr 2014
    We listened to you and added new features to Localgiving.com’s charity accounts to improve your experience on our site and to help you increase awareness and funds for your great work. Here is an overview of all the exciting new features that are now available to you: Dashboard This is a new landing page that will give you a quick status update, including information about overall activity and activity that has happened since you last logged in. To make sure that you are getting the right advice and support we also added lots of helpful tips. My Webpage To connect with you on social media platforms and better support you we’re now collecting your social media information. We’ve updated the volunteering section, so that you can tell us what skills you need and how many hours are needed each month from your volunteers. We’ve added the ability for you to provide details for a financial contact at your organisation; this means that we can also send them important financial information, such as donation payment emails. We’ve updated the cause and beneficiary categories to make them more inclusive and to ensure donors can search by causes that are important to them. My Donations You can now filter the donation information by date, type (one-time, regular or via a fundraising page) and whether you’ve sent a thank you. We have added thank you buttons to the list of Direct Debit Agreements so you can thank your ongoing supporters as soon as they set-up their donation. The updated reports now provide better information for you and the people that do your marketing and finances. My Fundraisers You now have a new section about supporters who created fundraising pages for you; this includes an overview of all fundraising pages and the ability to look at more information about each specific page. All changes we made are based on feedback we received from you. And as always we are keen to hear what you think about the new features we introduced, so log into your account today and please send us your feedback by emailing feedback@localgiving.com. Watch out for our video showing you how to get the most out of your new charity account that we will be sending to you soon. In the meantime, happy fundraising, The Localgiving Team
    3603 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • We listened to you and added new features to Localgiving.com’s charity accounts to improve your experience on our site and to help you increase awareness and funds for your great work. Here is an overview of all the exciting new features that are now available to you: Dashboard This is a new landing page that will give you a quick status update, including information about overall activity and activity that has happened since you last logged in. To make sure that you are getting the right advice and support we also added lots of helpful tips. My Webpage To connect with you on social media platforms and better support you we’re now collecting your social media information. We’ve updated the volunteering section, so that you can tell us what skills you need and how many hours are needed each month from your volunteers. We’ve added the ability for you to provide details for a financial contact at your organisation; this means that we can also send them important financial information, such as donation payment emails. We’ve updated the cause and beneficiary categories to make them more inclusive and to ensure donors can search by causes that are important to them. My Donations You can now filter the donation information by date, type (one-time, regular or via a fundraising page) and whether you’ve sent a thank you. We have added thank you buttons to the list of Direct Debit Agreements so you can thank your ongoing supporters as soon as they set-up their donation. The updated reports now provide better information for you and the people that do your marketing and finances. My Fundraisers You now have a new section about supporters who created fundraising pages for you; this includes an overview of all fundraising pages and the ability to look at more information about each specific page. All changes we made are based on feedback we received from you. And as always we are keen to hear what you think about the new features we introduced, so log into your account today and please send us your feedback by emailing feedback@localgiving.com. Watch out for our video showing you how to get the most out of your new charity account that we will be sending to you soon. In the meantime, happy fundraising, The Localgiving Team
    Apr 02, 2014 3603