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In this short blog, we investigate the value of the VCSE sector beyond economic worth – encouraging VCSEs to be bolder in demonstrating their value to their community.

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Never underestimate young potential

November 2020

Aga Dychton | West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Young volunteers are bringing some normality to West Hertfordshire Hospitals as they respond to Covid-19 - with a smile, and a hot tea.

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The good, the bad and the future

November 2020

Ciorsdan Brown | The Goldsmiths' Company

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In the sixth and final of our learning from lockdown blog series, Ciorsdan Brown describes how The Goldsmiths' Company family united around a shared vision to deliver emergency grants.

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Hampstead Gown Factory: Creative roles for young volunteers

November 2020

Monika Sobanska | Young Volunteer Programme Coordinator | Royal Free Charity

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How young volunteers were involved in a project to make over 50,000 surgical gowns for the Royal Free London, in response to a national shortage of personal protective equipment in March 2020.

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Four principles to shape your grant-making today

November 2020

Ben Cairns

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We need to find the confidence, skills and ways of working to operate effectively in our current environment, accepting that changing restrictions will feature in our lives for the foreseeable future.

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A funding approach rooted in trust

November 2020

André Clarke and Emma Stevenson | Comic Relief

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In the fifth of our learning from lockdown blog series, André Clarke and Emma Stevenson describe how Comic Relief is driving forward an approach to funding that is rooted in trust.

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My Volunteering Experience during Covid

November 2020

Tahmed | Young Volunteer at Birmingham Children's Hospital

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Tahmed shares his experience of volunteering at Birmingham Children's Hospital during Covid-19. The hospital is part of a network of 30 NHS Trusts and their respective charities who have been welcoming young volunteers since early 2018.

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How you make grants is as important as what you fund

November 2020

Kate Peters | Community Foundation for Surrey

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In the fourth of our learning from lockdown blog series, Kate Peters describes how the Community Foundation for Surrey has begun to embrace a different philosophy of grant-making: 'How you make grants is as important as what you fund'.

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Old dogs, new tricks?

October 2020

Oliver French | Lankelly Chase

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In the third of our learning from lockdown blog series, Oliver French, from Lankelly Chase, reflects on what he and colleagues have been learning about what’s been made visible, possible and necessary as the covid-19 pandemic has unfolded.

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Promoting equitable, inclusive and transparent grant making

October 2020

Himali Dave | UMI Fund

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In the second of our learning from lockdown blog series, Himali Dave (Urban Movement Innovation Fund), reflects on what she and colleagues have been learning about how best to support organisations to create a collective impact.

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