Trustees’ Week 2022

Trustees’ week runs from 7 to11 Nov 2022, and is an annual event showcasing the great work trustees do.

There are almost 1 million trustees across the UK, and the positive impact they have is crucial to the charity and voluntary sector.

Foundation Trustee Tracey Washbrooke recently re-joined the board, and said, “When I first joined Hymans in 2013, I was aware of the Helping Hands teams and supported some of the fundraising activities in the office. I then signed up for some volunteering with Mencap doing a half day session with young people on a college course looking at money matters – that was just the start of my journey as I had always been interested in community and charity work (e.g. fundraising through sponsored events and being a Trustee for two small charities in the North of England). I am now based in the West Midlands and first joined the Foundation as a Trustee in 2017 seeing it as a great opportunity to support a range of charities and young people across the UK. After rejoining Hymans in April 2022, I returned to the Trustee Board in October 2022 and am looking forward to getting involved with projects, fundraising and volunteering!”

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HRF support for financially vulnerable young people across the UK

The Hymans Robertson Foundation has confirmed the charity partners receiving multiyear funding over the next 3 years. We are continuing our partnerships with Barnardo’s, the Prince’s Trust, MyBnk, FARE Scotland and Works +. New partners include London Screen Academy and St Basil’s. Our funding supports a range of employability, education and financial education services focussed on young people across the UK.

In addition, the Foundation will provide 2-year funding to LifeLink. Our new partnership with LifeLink is a response to the growing need of young people to access support for their mental health and wellbeing. Support will also be extended to charity partners’ staff.

Our total committed funding to our charities over the next 3 years is more than £470,000.  For our smaller and mid-size charity partners, we are also providing an unrestricted grant towards their core costs.

The Foundation’s CEO Marcella Boyle said, “We recognise the challenge of the cost-of-living crisis, particularly the impact and added stress to communities across the UK. Our support for our charity partners enables them to focus on supporting low income and financially vulnerable young people, and we are proud to continue to work with these vital organisations.”

In addition, the Foundation continues to fund the Hymans Robertson Bursary for young people. The bursary offers up to £300 for eligible young people across the UK to support them to stay in or achieve a positive destination in education, learning and employment. Over 100 young people have already been supported in 2022, with bursaries meeting the costs of travel, clothing for work, examination costs, IT and data kits, fuel and care costs. 

One of the bursary recipients told the Foundation, “The bursary has really helped me feel like I can go to college and maybe get a career I like, and it also gives me a break from caring responsibilities.”

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Lights, Camera, Action: Breaking Barriers Behind the Scenes with LSA

This year, the Hymans Robertson Foundation was delighted to welcome the London Screen Academy as a new charity partner, with 3-year funding approved for a particular project around neurodiversity.  LSA is a free sixth form academy for students aged 16 to 19 years old, founded by some of the biggest names in the British film industry. It aims to plug the skills shortage gap in the industry with a focus on improving diversity – 55 per cent of LSA pupils are from ethnic minority groups and 23 per cent are eligible for pupil premium (pupil equity in Scotland) a measure of poverty.

In July, Marcella Boyle (CEO of the Foundation) visited the Academy at its London home in a converted factory.   

“Introduced by the team at Mayor’s Fund for London, we’ve worked with LSA over the last year, principally on the distribution of the Foundation’s Bursary which the Academy used to support young people with direct grants for travel, training equipment, subsistence and driving lessons. 

We have been impressed by the Academy from the start: its commitment to deliver a high standard of education to its Year 12 and 13 students, its inclusiveness (a high number of students are from black and ethnic minority, LBGT backgrounds) and their enthusiasm to work with the Foundation secure financial futures for young people (with MyBnk now actively working with the Academy to deliver financial education services within the Academy curriculum). 

As our partnership develops, we will work to identify volunteering opportunities. We are delighted that Lucy Steers and her team at Hymans Robertson is already building a relationship with LSA and exploring opportunities to engage their students directly on short/longer-term marketing and communications projects.”

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