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Our 2021 Roundup

Welcome to our 2021 summary from the Hymans Robertson Foundation.  Our impact is delivered through our charity partners. On behalf of the Foundation’s Board, I recognise the hard work and commitment our partners have made throughout the pandemic: supporting minoritized young people and communities. Without them the Foundation cannot deliver against our priority areas: securing financial futures for young people and making a positive change to communities through fundraising and volunteering.

During 2021 we continued to listen and be advised by our charity partners, our stakeholders and like-minded funders, ensuring we prioritised our resources to areas of most need and where we could make real differences to people and communities’ lives.  The Board saw the early impact of the introduction of the Foundation Bursary and approved at least a further 2 years (and increased) funding during the year. We also engaged with new charity partners in Birmingham and London during 2021: ensuring that we extended the Bursary’s reach to young people in those cities.

Some of our partners distribute the Bursary to young people directly and the stories from young people have shown the impact that direct funding can have on young people’s lives. Please see our annual report which provides more information on our Bursary and 20/21 impact.

We invite our charity partners to our Board meetings throughout the year. Our Board always benefits from direct engagement with our partners: highlighting areas which are working well and areas of emerging need which could be supported by the Foundation in the future.

In late 2020, our charity partners collectively highlighted the growing and urgent need to support more young people with mental health and wellbeing support. The Board recognised that young people had additional barriers to opportunities resulting from poor mental health and wellbeing and that our own charity partners’ staff needed support and training in this area.  At the end of 2021, we were able to appoint a new mental health charity partner to working directly with young people and provide complementary training to charity staff. I look forward to sharing more of this new partnership shortly.

Finally, a big thanks from the Foundation team to the Firm’s volunteers and fundraisers. Our charity network has brought through specialist, active and virtual volunteering opportunities for Hymans Robertson LLP’s staff and, despite an ever-moving horizon with restrictions and lockdowns, volunteers have continued to support local and Foundation charities throughout the year.  

As we leave our 5th anniversary year, the Foundation has demonstrated its strong social purpose and impact. The new year lies ahead and given the tumult of 2021 we will continue to be a flexible, thoughtful long-term funding partner: showing agility in our Foundation funding commitments, particularly exploring how and where we can support charity partners build back reserves or contribute to core costs. We are also partnering with an increased number of Foundation charities and I look forward to sharing more news on that in the coming months.

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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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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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