Effective Fundraising

Posted on 12/01/2022 in Resources , Funding

Optimise your fundraising potential

Fundraising effectively has become a heightened issue over the pandemic, with many charities seeing reduced donations, a rise in costs and an increase in demand for services.

Some societal shifts we’ve experienced over the past year and a half could potentially become permanent and, indeed, 48% of charities we surveyed in August 2021 said they believed the pandemic has changed fundraising forever. So how can we adapt our practices to maintain a steady flow of donations?

With over half of charities (55%) acknowledging that one of the main challenges in the year ahead will be adapting to new ways of fundraising, our in-house experts share their recommendations for maximising your charity’s fundraising potential.

Whether that be by optimising your digital fundraising, ensuring you land a charity grant, or improving your relationships with your donors, our resources aim to help you adapt to the new fundraising landscape and ensure those much-needed funds reach our communities.

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Women’s Voices 2022 – International Women’s Day

Posted on 11/01/2022 in Opportunities

If your charity supports women and girls and is looking to reach new audiences, develop a campaign or raise awareness about your cause, then we invite you to apply for a place at Media Trust’s Women’s Voices in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Join Media Trust virtually on Tuesday 8 March 2022 from 10:00 – 16:00 for a day of creative brainstorming and advice with your own dedicated team of media and creative industry experts.

Free advice from media and creative industry professionals

For the sixth year running, Media Trust will be celebrating International Women’s Day by bringing together 30 charities that support, campaign and advocate for all women and girls, with 150 media and creative volunteers from organisations such as adam&eveDDB, BBC, Bloomberg, Dentsu Aegis, Google, Hearst, ITV, MediaCom, Meta, Telegraph and Twitter to help raise their profile and voices, and the issues that affect them.

Who should apply?

To be eligible to apply for Women’s Voices your organisation must meet the following criteria:

  • Supports, campaigns or advocates for all women and girls;
  • UK Registered Charity or Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Support beneficiaries from more than one of the nine protective characteristics detailed in the Equality Act (2010).
  • Two members of staff must be available to attend the event on Tuesday 8 March 2022 from 10:00 – 16:00. This should be one person who deals with the charity communications and one who is a senior leader/decision-maker;
  • Be willing to take part in one case study post event.

Priority will be given to organisations that work with females of colour, LGBTQIA+ and/or disabled females.

How to apply

To apply, complete the application here. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 19 January at 17:00.

With only 30 places available, we are looking for strong applications that clearly outline a specific communication challenge that you would like help to solve, along with how this support will impact your charity and the women and girls that you work with.


A guide to writing a great grant application

Posted on 11/01/2022 in Resources

With the pressures of funding, combined with increased demand on services due to the repercussions of the pandemic, writing winning grant or funding applications has never been more important.

Increased demand for funding has left funders inundated with applications and competition is rife. Understanding how to put together a great application will increase your chances of gaining the funding you need for critical projects, however large or focused they are. Making sure that you are able to clearly define your organisation’s need for funding and how it will benefit the beneficiaries and communities you serve is vital.

Monica Brown, Head of Advisory and Programmes at CAF, outlines some key aspects to help you make the most of your grant applications.

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Posted on 08/01/2022 in Youth Sector News

The Youth Endowment Fund’s Toolkit, a free online resource to help you put evidence of what works to prevent serious violence into action.

What is the Toolkit?

At the Youth Endowment Fund our mission is to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice – our Toolkit is one way we’ll do this.

The Toolkit summarises the best available research evidence about different approaches to preventing serious youth violence. It is based on real life data about what has happened when these approaches have been used before.

It provides insight on 17 different approaches, with more to be added in the future. For each approach it explains what it is, how effective it’s likely to be, how confident you can be in the evidence of its impact, as well as indicative costs and links to related resources and programmes.

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BBC Young Reporters Podcast

Posted on 08/01/2022 in Youth Sector News , Community

Honest personal stories on what it’s like growing up in in the UK today, as told by BBC Young Reporters. Young people share their own stories in their own words, with authenticity and honesty.


Key Stage 3 PSHE resource

Posted on 08/01/2022 in Resources for teachers , Youth Sector News

Aimed at Key Stage 3 learners, this resource is designed to equip students with the skills needed to make considered and informed choices about the content they watch.

BBFC has worked closely with the PSHE Association to create a resource that includes three lesson plans, a comprehensive teaching guide and extension activities allowing pupils to explore areas such as:

  • Representations of sex and relationships in films on and offline
  • Decision making and peer influence
  • How and why age ratings are given to films and other content
  • How the BBFC reflect public and teenager views when making those decisions

Digital Youth Index for action

Posted on 08/01/2022 in Youth Sector News

The Nominet Digital Youth Index is a free-to-use national, annual benchmarking and barometer report identifying and monitoring the key drivers, issues and opportunities in young people’s relationship with digital technology across the UK.

The Nominet Digital Youth Index is a benchmarking report offering insight into young people’s digital experiences. What are the challenges and barriers they face? What do they love – and what do they worry about? Importantly, how can we help them harness the positive power that the digital world promises?

It’s the brainchild of Nominet’s Social Impact Programme and we’ll be gathering this data every year. It helps us – and you – to understand the digital lives of the young and identify the areas where we need to help them thrive.

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Young People’s Mental Health Priorities During and Beyond COVID-19

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Mental Health , YPF Webinars- Mental Health , Youth Sector News , Resources

In this webinar the CoRAY team share an up-to-date summary of the evidence base on how young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been affected by the pandemic.

Join the CoRAY team to hear what the latest research says about how the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 11 – 16 years has been affected by the pandemic and what young people themselves are concerned about this summer.

In this webinar we share an up-to-date summary of the evidence base on how young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been affected by the pandemic.

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Five ways to make measurement of youth provision more meaningful

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Resources

The Centre for Youth Impact talks about how youth provision measurement can become a meaningful part of working with young people and what are the five ways to make it possible.

For many, matters of measurement in youth provision are a deeply contentious issue. However, I’d argue that, when done well, and in the right circumstances, measurement can become a meaningful part of working with young people that ‘goes with the grain’ of practice.

Over the past few years I’ve worked on two projects that are ambitious in the way they try to tackle the known issues in evaluating youth provision.

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Building a Better Grants Strategy Post-COVID

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Fundraising , Resources

In this video Rachel Werner will go through what you need to know to become more grant ready, whether you are new to grants, and/or re-evaluating how your organization seeks out grant funding,

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Girls' Attitudes Survey

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Community , Resources

Girlguiding asked over 2,000 girls aged 7 to 21 across the UK for their views on a range of areas across their lives. The results this year show girls’ and young women’s happiness has been in decline for over a decade, but the last three years have seen an acceleration in this trend.

This snapshot of the Girls' Attitudes Survey explores what girls have told us. And how you can use the Girlguiding programme and resources to build their confidence, develop new skills and improve their wellbeing.

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Exploring the absence of Black girls’ experiences of sexual abuse in research and practice

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Help for Young people and Parents

NSPCC spoke to Jahnine Davis, co-founder of Listen Up, about her work into exploring the lack of representation of Black girls’ experiences in research and child sexual abuse services, including suggestions to help improve practice.

We spoke to Jahnine Davis, co-founder of Listen Up, about her work into exploring the lack of representation of Black girls’ experiences in research and child sexual abuse services, including suggestions to help improve practice.

Ineke Houtenbos, a senior consultant with the NSPCC, and Jahnine discuss:

  • why the experiences of Black girls are missing from research and the impact on policy and practice
  • key findings from Jahnine’s research, including the experiences of participants
  • learning to improve practice and research
  • Jahnine’s experience as a Black woman embarking on this work.

This episode contains quotes from research participants about their experiences which might be upsetting and cause distress. If you need further support, please contact the NSPCC helpline or visit the Childline website.

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Draw the line

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Help for Young people and Parents , Mental Health

Read stories about real relationships written by teens and draw a line through harmful behaviour. The platform is only designed for mobile devices.

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expert advice on hiring top talent, faster

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Resources , Opportunities

Watch this webinar with expert advice on hiring top talent, faster. The webinar includes best practices for hiring in an extremely competitive talent market.

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Khulisa - Impact Report

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Resources

Khulisa ensures young people affected by trauma or adversity have the social skills and emotional support they need to thrive. This year's Impact Report, marked by a global pandemic, it recognises that all young people have experienced trauma of some kind.

Khulisa ensures young people affected by trauma or adversity have the social skills and emotional support they need to thrive. This year, marked by a global pandemic, we recognised that all young people have experienced trauma of some kind.

From bereavement and anxiety to having to isolate in unstable home environments, we knew they would need our support more than ever. Normal delivery of our intensive, therapeutic group programmes for young people in schools and prisons was affected by multiple lockdowns and uncertainty over how we could continue delivery safely.

In response we;

• Pivoted quickly to providing support online through a suite of webinars, toolkits and digital content to meet the increased demand for our services.

• Provided universal support to all students, regardless of their background, through a blended social and emotional learning programme delivered as part of the school curriculum.

• Consolidated, and reduced expenditure and launched an emergency fundraising campaign to ensure we could maintain critical support for vulnerable young people.

• Returned to in-person delivery as soon as schools re-opened to support the most at risk young people through our Face It Programme for 11–18 year olds.

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The online harms research

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Resources

Delivered by Catch22 and Redthread, The Social Switch Project is switching the narrative on how social media’s relationship to youth violence is understood, tackled and solved.

New research into the impact of COVID-19 on online harms revealed that more than two thirds of young people interviewed had seen content online that was either violent or explicit during lockdown. In light of the increased amount of time young people spent online during the pandemic to learn, socialise and for entertainment, London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) commissioned an in-depth exploration of online harms, ‘acceptable’ use and regulation, that included the voices and experiences of young people, whose voices were missing from the body of existing research.

The Social Switch Project, a collaboration between charities Catch22 and Redthread, carried out interviews with vulnerable children and young people that use its services, frontline youth workers, police and tech platforms.

Research showed that 97 per cent of Catch22’s child sexual exploitation referrals have an online or social media element – with substantial increases related to online grooming and abuse. Consultation with young people also showed that more than 70 per cent of young people had seen content during lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 that was either violent or explicit, which included videos of suicide, nudity and extreme violence. They also described social media as ‘toxic’ and found it led to a negative impact on a young person’s mental health and wellbeing.

Young people cited unwanted contact online from adults, companies and bots, while there were also complaints of cyberbullying, threats and sharing of explicit content.

There were also examples cited of young people receiving responses a long time after a complaint, which caused them to relive the event or incident.

The data provides much-needed context on the wide-reaching implications of the pandemic and the need for services and training for professionals, parents and guardians during this time.

Further findings include:

  • Young people want to see better training for professionals and guardians in relation to online behaviour
  • Young people felt responsible to report content, but also felt the ‘damage’ had already been done
  • Children and young people want to see improved monitoring, swift action and accountability from tech organisations, rather than the responsibility being placed on the user
  • Police are ‘one step behind’ developments in technology and so need to develop stronger relationships with tech companies
  • As well as harms, young people highlighted significant benefits to their online world – in their education, their social lives and in their identity

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