In my April blog, I highlighted The Foundation’s response to support the immediate and urgent needs of vulnerable people and communities across the UK through the launch of our Hardship Fund.  To date, we’ve supported around 30 charities through the Hardship Fund across the UK. Our funding supported people and families in refuges and homeless shelters, provided food, PPE and welfare care packages, and funded a range of counselling services for young people.  Please view our September blog for an update on Tranche 2 of our Fund which has now closed to applications.

The pandemic, lockdown and now evident recession have amplified the challenges facing the UK’s most vulnerable people and communities.  In this post, I wanted to reflect on the positive consequences of the pandemic: partnership working with purpose.

Our relationships with Foundation charity partners have deepened and strengthened. This has been evident through FARE’s recent employability programmes in Glasgow, supported by MyBnk (providing a continuing focus on financial education and resilience).  Charity partners are increasing their joint working by developing joint funding applications, supporting referrals.  The Foundation can also signpost charities to the excellent pro bono services from Scottish Tech Army and Covid Tech Support. A special shout out to Kirsty McIntosh at Scottish Tech Army for her unwavering support and guidance!

We have actively listened to our charity network to jointly design the Foundation’s sustainable support with local charities and younger people in education, training, employment and volunteering.  In the coming month we will announce an additional funding initiative directed to young people with our youth based charities fully engaged in its future delivery.

Finally, a thank you for all the ongoing support and interest in the Foundation.  I’d particularly like to highlight the work of our Hymans Robertson partners: Helping Hands colleagues who have been key to engaging local charities with the Foundation. We want to hear from you if you have safe volunteering or local fundraising opportunities which we can support in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Keep Safe

Marcella Boyle, CEO