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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!”

Find out more about Trustees’ Week.

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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.”

Find out more about who we support and the impact we have.

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DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal Donation

In response to the desperate situation which continues to unfold in Pakistan, the Hymans Robertson Foundation has recently made a donation of £5,000, on behalf of the firm, to DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal | Disasters Emergency Committee.

It’s been more than two months since the record monsoon rains began, affecting more than 30 million people and leaving more than 6 million in urgent need. At one point more than a third of Pakistan was underwater, and across the country more than 1.7 million home have been destroyed or badly damaged and whole villages remain submerged or cut off. Many people have been left homeless and facing huge challenges, and alongside a lack of food and clean water there is an increasing risk of waterborne diseases including cholera and dengue fever.

Support from across the UK, including matched funding from UK Government, has already reached £25million but rain continues to fall in some of the worst hit areas. Eleven DEC charities are currently engaged directly and with local authorities and other agencies, to provide emergency relief, with the immediate priorities to provide temporary shelter, emergency food support and access to clean water and medical care.

Visit the DEC website for further details or to make a donation directly.

Our priority right now is to help save and protect lives as waters continue to rise. The scale of these floods has caused a shocking level of destruction – crops have been swept away and livestock killed across huge swathes of the country, which means hunger will follow” said Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee

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Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Hymans Robertson Foundation Partners with Lifelink to bring professional counselling and wellbeing support to more young people throughout the UK.

The Foundation is delighted to welcome Lifelink to our charity network. Through working closely with our partners who are supporting young people across the UK, we recognise that young people are experiencing high levels of anxiety and social isolation. Poorer levels of mental health and wellbeing are adding to the barriers some young people already face moving into, or staying in, positive destinations.

Now in its 30th year, Lifelink is a social enterprise and registered Scottish Charity, focused on supporting people to make positive changes in their lives, by helping them realise their own abilities to cope with stress and find ways of overcoming anxiety and depression. Lifelink is bringing professional counselling and wellbeing support to the young people supported by our existing charity partners, as well as to those who support them through this work.

Read more about our partnership here.

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Tech for Good

This month (28 April 2021), our CEO, Marcella Boyle, was pleased to join a panel discussion as part of the Scottish Tech Army (STA) “Tech for Good Summit“, alongside STA’s Alistair Forbes, Geoff Huggins from the Scottish Government, Ilaria Albanese from JP Morgan Chase, and Jane Morrison-Ross from South of Scotland Enterprise. The panel discussed Scotland’s opportunity to strengthen and develop “tech for good” volunteering within the third sector in Scotland. 

The panel focused on the very much alive and kicking, Tech for Good Ecosystem in Scotland, and the roles and contributions that organisations can make as part of the overall mission, including how the ecosystem supports the charity, volunteer, employer and customer. The challenge identified by STA is how to aggregate efforts and amplify this to reach further.

Catch the replay and discover more here: “Tech for Good Ecosystem – Aggregate and Amplify

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Extending our Bursary – supporting more Young People across the U.K.

This month, we recognize a sad one-year anniversary as the ongoing pandemic and its restrictions continue to impact on people and communities.

The Prince’s Trust launched its annual Index (January 2021) with very sobering feedback from young people across the UK[1].  This year’s Youth Index, which surveyed 2,180 16-25 year olds from across the UK, reveals:

  • 60% of young people say that getting a new job feels “impossible now” because there is so much competition
  • a quarter (24%) of young people claim that the pandemic has “destroyed” their career aspirations
  • Young people state that they are more likely to feel anxious now than at any other time since the Youth Index was first launched over a decade ago

Bursary 2020 Background

In October we launched the Hymans Robertson Bursary, aimed at retaining 16-25 year olds in education, training, volunteering or employment. The Fund is nationwide and supported by four Foundation charity partners (Barnardo’s, FARE, Prince’s Trust and Works+). Our financial education partner (MyBnk – Delivering expert-led financial education to young people) also provides wrap services around the Bursary for young people receiving funding.

Our Impact

Over the last 3 months, charity partners identified over 50 young people in the Scottish Borders, Glasgow and North England to be supported by the Bursary. Young people have been able to access funding for a range of employability and training needs (including driving lessons, interview clothing, work and training kit (tools, digital and data).  We also recognize that needs relating to mental health and wellbeing are increasing and the Bursary has been able to support young people access wellbeing sessions with trusted providers.

“the funding gave me the chance to settle in at work without worry about how I was going to get there for the first couple of months”

“the Bursary has allowed me to progress to the Employability Fund Stage 2 course”

“I have just progressed to further training and I’ll be able to do my course work independently at home with my laptop”.

“I’ve secured a new job and feel supported and far less chaotic than I did before. I’m feeling positive about my future”

What’s Next?

The Foundation is committed to supporting young people who, with a little help, can access or continue in training, volunteering and employment. From April 2021, we will double our funding for the Bursary Fund and involve a wider range of our community based charities across the UK. That means over 200 more young people will be supported in 2021/22.  Similar to our crisis approach (Hardship Fund), we will work with our local offices and communities to ensure the Bursary is accessible to young people most in need.

Get In Touch

If you feel the Bursary can support you or vulnerable young people you know, please get in touch. We can connect you to one of our charity partners who can help you access Bursary funding.


[1] Youth Index 2021 | Research, policies and reports | About The Trust | The Prince’s Trust (princes-trust.org.uk)


For information please contact Marcella Boyle, CEO, at [email protected]

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Scottish Tech Army Podcast

Our CEO, Marcella Boyle, recently joined a podcast with Alistair Forbes and Rebecca Still from the Scottish Tech Army (STA), to discuss the opportunities and impact of digital, tech and social media resources and support available to charities through the pandemic.  

The STA has over 1000 volunteers supporting the third and public sectors.   If you think your charity could benefit from additional and expert support, why not get in touch with the STA in Scotland or Covid Tech Support for UK, Northern Ireland projects.

The podcast was hosted by Hymans Robertson LLP and is part of their ‘Fintech Feed’ technology focused podcast series. You can listen to this podcast online via the link below:

To listen to other episodes of the Fintech Feed click here.

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Launching our Bursary for Young People

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Bursary Fund for 16-25 year olds. Funding will be prioritised to support young people into jobs, volunteering, further education and may also be used to financially support young people at the senior end of school.

The Bursary will be delivered via our existing charity network and applications managed by the Prince’s Trust, Barnardo’s, Works + (Scottish Borders) and FARE (Greater Glasgow). Bursary applications will open on 12th October and the fund will operate for at least 18 months until April 2022.

Launching the Bursary Fund, our Chair, Clive Fortes commented:

“Young people are, and will be, disproportionately impacted by the UK recession and ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. Entry level employment opportunities have been significantly impacted by the pandemic and traditional routes to high-vacancy employment (retail, hospitality, travel and tourism) have contracted.

Our charity partners advised us of the urgent need for higher intervention in retaining young people in positive destinations – education, retraining and employability programmes, and volunteering – in the short to medium term. The Bursary is our response to this, and complements the UK and Scottish governments’ youth guarantee and employment schemes. Our financial education charity partner, MyBNK, will provide critical wrap-around support for Bursary holders to ensure that young people’s understanding of personal finance is also supported through the Bursary.

For information please contact Marcella Boyle, CEO, at [email protected]


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Announcing the launch of the Hymans Robertson Foundation website

The Hymans Robertson Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of its first ever website. Its aim is to provide an easy and accessible way to engage with the Foundation and find out about its work across the UK, its charity partners and the volunteering it supports.

Clive Fortes, Chair of the Foundation:

“Our website is launched at a critical time for the Foundation, our charity partners and the young people and communities we support.  Our ambition has been to secure financial futures for young people and support communities across the UK, it’s never been more needed.”

As the website was under development, the full force of the covid-19 pandemic was beginning to take hold. In response to the unfolding crisis and resulting increased demand for services delivered by charities across the UK, the Foundation set up a Hardship Fund to provide emergency funding support to its extended network of charity and community organisations. To date, +£30,000 has been distributed to over 20 charities across the UK. More information is available here.

Marcella Boyle, the Foundation’s CEO, commented:

“To support ongoing delivery, we must stay connected and influenced by the needs of the vulnerable people we support.  The Hardship Fund is our contribution to providing immediate support, alongside our existing investment in time, volunteering and funding to our charity partners.”

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Testimonials:

At such an acute time, we thank you for speedily enabling us to respond when it is most needed – to those struggling the most.

Steph Walker, TLG (UK)

I just wanted to thank Hymans Robertson for the very generous funding and also for all the support you have given over the years. Please pass on my thanks to the whole organisation. This is a difficult time for all and we really appreciate your support.

Sophia Symons, Home-Start (Lambeth)

I am delighted to read that the Hymans Robertson Foundation will donate to our services. The impact of this funding will be huge for the people we support in these services – this is such a challenging time for people with a learning disability, and the generosity of your organisation is truly invaluable. Thank you.

Naomi Love, Mencap (Birmingham)

I’m delighted to hear that we have been awarded (funding) from the Hymans Robertson Foundation, which will make a real difference to the vulnerable families we support, who can now access extra nights at our family flat.

Caroline Milton, Haven House (London)

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The Hymans Robertson Foundation partners with Scottish Tech Army and Covid Tech Support

The Hymans Robertson Foundation is progressing an exciting new relationship with the Scottish Tech Army. The network of over 700 registered Scottish Tech Army volunteers can be accessed by our Scotland based charity network to explore opportunities for skilled, remote volunteering on a range of projects from IT and technology through to social media assessments.

The Foundation welcomes engagement with STA and harnessing the opportunity to introduce new pro-bono skills and expertise to the charity sector.

To support our partners with projects running outside Scotland, we’re delighted to engage with Covid Tech Support who find tech talent to help non-profits, charities and Covid projects get up and running. Every day, it works with its sister community code4covid, consisting of over 1,200 talented volunteers from around the world, to find people to help with projects that are dealing with the worst of this pandemic.

In three short months, its community has built projects and teams for over 120 organisations including Crisis, Mencap, Coronavirus Tech Handbook as well as assisting community groups and local charities all over the world. If you need urgent help with any technical project, you can find out more and get in touch here.

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