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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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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Hardship Fund

In March, the Foundation’s Board approved funding for a Hardship Fund. The Fund was created in response to the growing and urgent needs of the UK’s most vulnerable people and communities as a result of COVID-19. The Board approved funding in 2 tranches over the next 4 months.

For the initial tranche, the Fund prioritised support to the Foundation’s existing charity partners (over 50 UK wide and local, community based charities). Supported by Hymans Robertson’s internal volunteering team (Helping Hands), charities completed a simple application process with funding reviews undertaken weekly and, where approved, funding released within 3 working days.

From Tranche 1, we:

  • Received 25 applications (about 50% of eligible charities) from charities across the UK.
  • Around 50% of applications responded to poverty and food hunger (supporting vulnerable children, young people and communities).
  • Most applicants noted grant purpose resulted from falling fundraised income and/or increased demand for services.
  • 12 applications (representing 13 charities) secured funding for vital services.
  • Others, who weren’t directly funded were referred to other funders or charity partners.

Tranche 2 funding opened in May 2020, providing further emergency funding and extended access to charities nominated by Hymans Robertson staff.

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