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Last updated July 2017

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News relating to the activities and work of our ACO charity members. Please contact us if you would like to add news about your organisation here.

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  • Social Sunday with Jason Atherton and Hospitality Action - Photo of Jason Atherton
    Social Sunday Update

    This summer, Hospitality Action is asking restaurants, hotels and bars across the nation to help raise funds to support people who work or have worked in hospitality and find themselves in crisis. The aim is to unite the UK's restaurant community in July to help transform hospitality lives.

  • CABA personal and professional development courses - Graphics including the CABA logo
    CABA launches 3 new courses

    CABA is launching three new courses on how to supercharge your sleep, mindfulness for busy people, and how to develop your self-awareness and improve your career. The courses are designed to help past and present ICAEW members and their families regain control in their lives, and take a more proactive approach to the challenges they face.

  • iprovision trustees - from left to right, Kevin Taylor, Jenifer Stirton, Gary Taylor and Caron Jones
    New trustees at iprovision

    The CIPR benevolent fund, iprovision, has appointed four new trustees as it looks to raise awareness of the range of support it is able to offer members with financial or health issues.

  • Care home ponies - Shetland pony visiting a care home
    New neighbours at care home

    Friends of the Elderly's New Copford Place care home features beautiful gardens and courtyard with a sheltered seating area - perfect places to relax and read, or talk to friends and family. Thanks to Magical Miniature Ponies, two ponies came in to the home to spend time with residents and their relatives.

  • Nursing training - four students practice moving apatioent from gurney to bed
    RCN Foundation Spring 2018 bursary

    The RCN Foundation's Professional Bursary Scheme supports individuals in learning and development activities such as post-graduate university study or professional short courses. Three bursary schemes providing up to £5,000 funding are open for applications.

  • Officers' Association - Our Impact 2016/17 Report - cover graphics
    OA employment support

    In 2016-17, the Officers' Association employment team helped 4,782 officers - a 7% increase from the previous year. In addition, 1,757 new job seekers registered with the OA, an increase of 10% from the year before.

  • Stress - Closeup of a red pencil and paper with the word STRESS scribbled and underlined
    LionHeart's top tips to beat stress

    April was National Stress Awareness Month, which has been running as an awareness campaign since 1992. LionHeart's support team has compiled their top 10 stress-busting tips - most of them are simple tweaks to your working day that can have a huge effect on your mental health.

  • Pop Punk Pile Up - Graphics from the Pile Up Festival website
    Pop Punk Pile Up

    Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is partnering with Pile Up Festival. Pile Up is holding the first pop punk edition of the festival, Pop Punk Pile Up for 2018, in association with RFF Promotions and Thumbhole Records.

  • Chelsea Flower Show's 'The Force For Good' garden - A student from Sparsholt College and Help For Heroes participant show off their design
    'The Force for Good' at Chelsea Flower Show

    Help for Heroes and Sparsholt College have announced their partnership for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Their garden, The Force for Good, will tell the powerful story of the role horticulture plays in the recovery and ongoing support of injured British Armed Forces personnel and their families.

  • GroceryAid - Helpline staff and GroceyAid logo
    GroceryAid Traumatic Incident Support

    GroceryAid offers free support to everyone who works within the grocery industry and one service available through the Helpline is Traumatic Incident Support.

  • Charity Governance Awards 2018 - Graphics from the awards website
    Family Fund shortlisted for Award

    Family Fund has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards 2018. The shortlisting is in recognition of the establishment of Family Fund Business Services, which has raised £2.5 million to fund work supporting families raising disabled or seriously ill children.

  • Legal Charities Garden Party - The Legal Charities Garden Party 16th June 2016. Photo courtesy of Jules B Photography
    Legal Charities Garden Party

    The Legal Charities Garden Party (LCGP) was six years in the planning and was largely the brainchild of Dennis Gordon, the principal founder of the Holborn Law Society. It was set up with the express aim of raising funds for charities which provide financial support for lawyers and their dependents who find themselves in need.

  • Simon Hopkins, Turn2Us - Portrait of Simon Hopkins and Turn2Us logo
    Simon Hopkins to leave Turn2us

    National poverty charity Turn2us has announced that its Chief Executive, Simon Hopkins, is to step down in the summer after almost five years at the charity. He is to take up a senior position in the education sector.

  • ABS Chicken Run 2018 - Participants in the 2017 event pose for photo in costume
    Chicken Run is back!

    On Saturday the 23rd June, the Architects Benevolent Society Chicken Run will take place. It's a 5K event - run, jog, walk or even peck your way through the streets of London - followed by an after-party, hosted by Bennetts Associates.

  • Building & Civil Engineering Charitable Trust - Building with logo of the Building & Civil Engineering Charitable Trust logo
    Mowlem Award 2018

    The Building & Civil Engineering Charitable Trust has to date given out over £3 million, providing financial help for people in need. The charitable trust has announced applications are now open for the Mowlem Award 2018.

  • The Film & Television Charity - Graphics from the home page of the redesigned website
    The Film & Television Charity

    The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund has been relaunched as the 'Film & Television Charity' with a revitalised strategy to support the wellbeing of people working in film, TV and cinema.

  • Care Home - Care home residents engage in garden activities
    Hallmark Care Homes pledge £50,000

    Hallmark Care Homes are joining forces with the Care Workers Charity this year in an effort to ensure no care worker will ever face financial hardship alone.

  • Electrical Industries Charity - Logo and graphics from promotional video
    Fundraising the hard way

    Two brave team members from City Electrical Factors (CEF) are preparing to battle the elements to raise funds for the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) and Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • Barcode Festival 2018 - Graphics promoting featured bands
    Barcode Festival Line-up Announced

    GroceryAid, the charity for the grocery industry, has revealed headline acts ahead of the first ever Barcode Festival in London on 28th June 2018.

  • Help Musicians UK announce Music Minds Matter - HMUK logo and photo of double bass player
    Transmission Fund celebrates genre diversity

    The Creative Programme is always working to support Help Musicians UK's aim to have no single genre dominating the charity's activities.

  • Tom Sellers - celebrated chef
    'Merry Men' fundraise for Hospitality Action

    From the 4th April to the 22nd April, celebrated chef Tom Sellers, who holds one Michelin star at his critically acclaimed Restaurant Story in south London, will launch a one-off 'pop-up' - 'Merry Men' - designed to give an immersive dining experience in the heart of SE1.

  • Lesley Garrett - famous northerrn singer
    Diva swings in with a windfall

    Hospital Saturday Fund patron Lesley Garrett took time out of her busy schedule to present a cheque of £10,000 which will go towards purchasing new medical equipment for Leonard Cheshire Disability's Randall Close Day Centre.

  • ICE Benevolent Fund - Izzy - Izzy and her family
    How Izzy rebuilt her life

    The ICE Benevolent Fund has launched a new film, featuring Izzy, who shares why she needed help and how the fund lifted her up and enabled her to get back on track again after a relationship breakdown.

  • Newspaper distribution - Worker prepares sorted stacks of newspapers for delivery
    The Nightly Miracle

    The NewstrAid Benevolent Fund helps people and their immediate dependents who have been employed in newspaper and magazine distribution in the UK and who have fallen on hard times.

  • Veterans Work film - Veterans Work celebrities behind the scenes
    Veterans Work film illustrates challenges

    'What does an idea sound like?' is one of three new films featuring Matt Barber, Clare Balding OBE, 'Judge' Robert Rinder, Richard Wilson, Nick Knowles, Larry Lamb and Joanna Lumley OBE.

  • Help - Couple work out their finances together, man holds out cardboard sign reading 'help'
    More horticulturists seek help

    The number of people finding themselves in crisis and in need of help from Perennial increased again last year. For many across the horticulture industry, working in jobs that are often low paid and seasonal, the effects of the economy and welfare reforms have taken their toll.

  • Sir William McAlpine - Sir William McAlpine with locomotives Flying Scotsman and Typhoon from RH&DR
    Sir William McAlpine

    It is with great sadness that the Railway Benefit Fund reports the death of President Sir William McAlpine. He was unstinting in his support for the RBF over many years and this reflected his passion and interest in rail staff and their welfare.

  • retailTRUST Celebration 2018 - Event held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and hosted by Gyles Brandreth
    Retail Trust event raises thousands

    Over 700 of the key influencers and decision makers in the retail industry helped raise a spectacular £410,000 at a recent gala event to raise funds and awareness about the work of the Retail Trust.

  • Royal Society of Musicians’ annual concert - Close-up of chamber orchestra playing violins
    Noteworthy appointment at RSM

    Charlotte Penton-Smith has been appointed to the newly-created post of Chief Executive of The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain.

  • Royal Variety Performance 2018 - Graphic with details of the performance date and venue - Monday 19th November, 2018, at the London Palladium Theatre
    Royal Variety Performance 2018

    This year's Royal Variety Performance will be held on Monday 19th November, 2018, at the London Palladium Theatre. The Royal Variety Charity is the only supplier of tickets and is working with ITV Studios to produce what will undoubtedly be a truly fantastic and memorable night of entertainment; in the presence of senior members of the Royal Family.

  • Stormy sea - High seas
    Seafaring Heroes to be honoured

    The Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, is calling on members of the maritime and rescue communities to nominate those who have demonstrated outstanding courage and expertise in aiding those in peril at sea, for its 167th Skill and Gallantry Awards.

  • The Festival Service 2018 - Sons & Friends Of The Clergy Festival 2017 at St Paul's Cathedral
    The Festival Service 2018

    Sons & Friends Of The Clergy has origins dating back to 1655, when a group of sons of clergymen gathered for a service in St Paul's Cathedral and a collection was taken for destitute clergy and their families. The Festival Service, as it is now known, has continued each year since then.

  • Tovertafel - Two particilants interact with the  award-winning innovation from the Netherlands
    Tovertafel helps dementia clients

    Triangle Day Care Woking has installed the Tovertafel, a Dutch word for 'Magic Table', in its service. The Tovertafel is an award-winning innovation from the Netherlands, which is renowned for its cutting-edge approach to dementia care.

  • Wimbledon Guild Annual Review 2017 - Part of the report content showing design
    Wimbledon Guild Annual Review 2017

    Wimbledon Guild are deeply rooted in Merton and work with communities throughout the borough providing advice and help, clubs and classes, small grants, befriending and bereavement support. Wendy Pridmore, Chief Executive, introduces their latest Annual Review

  • Seed funding - group of women connected to the Smallwood Trust
    Seed funding from the Smallwood Trust

    Women's groups based in the Midlands and coastal areas of the North of England are being invited to apply for seed funding to trial and test new ideas and imaginative approaches to support women along the employability pathway.

  • Dr Kate Granger -  Doctor's Doctor at RMBF
    Dr Kate Granger Doctor's Doctor at RMBF

    As part of the Together for Doctors campaign, the RMBF's Trustees put forward a 10-strong list of doctors who have made vital contributions to the support and reform of the profession, and asked supporters, to vote for the most influential figure. The overwhelming choice was Dr Kate Granger MBE, who received over half of all votes cast.

  • D-Day Veterans - Royal British Legion organised tour of battlefield remembrance sites
    Find WW2 veterans for free Remembrance tours

    The Royal British Legion wants to take all surviving veterans of the Second World War on a free Remembrance tour to where they served during their time in the Armed Forces. The Legion is asking the public to help make sure every surviving veteran can take part.

  • Anne Casey - Home Manager at Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society's care home in Banstead
    Home Manager celebrates 35 years service

    Home manager Anne Kasey is celebrating 35 years of service with the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society. During her career, Anne has overseen the expansion of the charity’s care facilities at its Belvedere House near Banstead, Surrey, to include a dementia wing and helped it achieve top CQC ratings.

  • Jen Kelly - Executive at the RAF Benevolent Fund
    'My role as a Welfare Benefits Executive'

    Jen Kelly is a Welfare Benefits Executive for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Read in her own words about her role in supporting RAF personnel and veterans navigating the complex world of state benefits.

  • Uncovered single - Lean on me - Artwork from the single sleeve
    'Uncovered' release single for Racing Welfare

    Up-and-coming band 'Uncovered' have released a single, 'Lean on me', inspired by their involvement in the horse racing industry and the work of Racing Welfare.

  • Krone Baler - Krone Comprina F155 XC Baler
    Win a Krone round baler

    To celebrate 40 years of their round baler, Krone UK is raffling one of their products for charity and donating the proceeds from the raffle to R.A.B.I and Farming Community Network.

  • Elderly couple - Older male and female in close contact
    Over 65's not getting enough sex

    52% of people aged 65 and over say they don't feel like they have enough sex. And almost one in three people aged 65 have had sex on a first date since turning 65, or would consider it. That's according to a new survey on older people and attitudes to sex, published by Independent Age, the older people's charity.

  • Scott Meenagh - Scott Meenagh selected for theParalympicsGB Team at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games
    Scott Meenagh in ParalympicsGB Team

    Help for Heroes athlete Scott Meenagh has been selected to ParalympicsGB for the Winter Games, meaning the team will be represented in Para Nordic skiing for the first time since Nagano 1998.

  • GroceryAid takes to Parliament - Speakers and audience ath the GroceryAid parliamentary reception
    GroceryAid takes to Parliament

    GroceryAid and industry supporters took residence at the Houses of Parliament recently. The event saw MPs from across the UK come to find out more about the industry charity and the support GroceryAid can provide to those who are working or have worked in grocery.

  • Making Money Matter - Graphics from the ForYouByYou website
    Making Money Matter

    The Charity for Civil Servants has developed an interactive Financial Capability tool to help people facing financial challenges. This adds to a range of resources available including digital tools and downloads.

  • CWC Cycle Challenge - One of the participants in CWC's cycle challenge
    CWC Cycle Challenge raises £24k

    A woman who agreed to cycle 75 miles to raise money for care workers in need has admitted the scale of The Care Workers Charity challenge shocked her and was even greater than giving birth.

  • Bullying Free Zone - Signpost with wording
    New Film & TV Support Line opens in April

    The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has announced that the new Film & TV Support Line will be launched in April 2018. It will form an essential follow-up service for those working in film and TV.

  • Auriga - Graphics from Auriga's web site
    CSP's Members Benevolent Fund

    The administration of applications to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Members Benevolent Fund has been outsourced to Auriga Services.

  • Thornbury Nursing kick-start fundraising - Valentines Day cake stall organised by Thornbury Nursing Services
    Thornbury Nursing kick-start fundraising

    Thornbury Nursing Services and their sister company the Scottish Nursing Guild kick-started their fundraising for Cavell Nurses' Trust by baking for Valentine's Day. Offices across the UK got involved, selling tasty treats to raise an amazing £547.40 in vital funds for nursing professionals facing severe difficulties.

  • Prison Radio Association - Proson Radio Association project participant at the microphone
    Prison Radio Association awarded £10,000 grant

    ABF The Soldiers' Charity has awarded the Prison Radio Association (PRA) a £10,000 grant towards their Roll Call programme for veterans in prison. Prison radio offers a unique, innovative and effective way to communicate with prisoners and engage them in education, debate and community.

  • Older Dancers - Mats Ek, one of several older dancers from the Elixir Festival at Sadler's Wells
    The Way to Work

    Dance Professionals Fund has launched a programme for actors, dancers and performers who want to increase their earning capacity during and beyond their performance career.

  • RCEL awarded a £200,000 grant - Mural painted on a public housing block in Mbare township, Harare
    RCEL awarded a £200,000 grant

    ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has awarded The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) a grant of £200,000 to help towards support for eligible ex-service personnel and their families, their work with the Zimbabwe A National Emergency (ZANE) and to assist with distributing grants on behalf of the Army Regiments and Corps.

  • CSIS Charity Fund report - Younger woman kisses older woman on cheek
    CSIS Charity Fund report

    Charities supporting people from the civil and public services facing hardship have received more than £900k from the CSIS Charity Fund, in one of its biggest distribution of funds in its history. Projects range from physical rehabilitation programmes and stress counselling to activity breaks for bereaved families and expanding home visiting services to combat loneliness.

  • Charity for Civil Servants launch new Carer's Test - Close-up of one woman's hand touching another person
    Charity for Civil Servants launch new Carer's Test

    With 1 in 8 people of working age in the UK caring for someone, the Charity for Civil Servants thinks it’s highly likely someone you know is a carer and that you may even be a carer yourself, yet have never considered yourself to be one.

  • Older carers struggling to afford healthy food - Older parent with two small children cooking in their kitchen
    Older carers struggling to afford healthy food

    A new report by Family Fund has found that more than half of older carers on low incomes raising a disabled child found it difficult to afford healthy food for themselves and their family at least once in the last 12 months.

  • Winner of Peter Whittingham Jazz Award announced - Scottish tenor saxophonist and band-leader Helena Kay winner of the coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz award 2017 of £5,000
    Winner of Peter Whittingham Jazz Award announced

    HMUK has announced that young Scottish tenor saxophonist and band-leader Helena Kay has won the coveted Peter Whittingham Jazz award of £5,000. HMUK also awarded additional development funds to three other jazz artists: Olly Chalk, Faye MacCalman (Archipelago) and Jasmine Whalley (Tȇtes De Pois).

  • Hospitality Action; information on sexual harassment in the hospitality industry - Cropped mage of woman seated on table with man leaning into her
    Hospitality Action publishes information about sexual harassment

    A recent ComRes survey for BBC News shows that 40% of women and 18% of men have experienced harassment in the workplace, and highlights that flexible workers are more likely to have experienced unwanted behaviour.

  • Insurance Charities Awareness Week - Insurance Charities publicising material to raise awareness of charity activities
    Insurance Charities Awareness Week

    This year’s Insurance Charities Awareness Week will take place between the 25th-29th June and the charity is inviting all insurance and insurance-related employers across the UK and Ireland to take part.

  • Homeless - Homeless person sitting at one end of the Millennium Bridge, London
    Licensed Trade Charity supports homeless into work

    The Licensed Trade Charity is working with Crisis and The House of St Barnabas charities on a project to support people without a home, into work within a pub or restaurant setting.

  • Vintage surveying equipment to raise money for LionHeart -  Cooke Troughton & Sims 1 inch Tavistock transit theodolite, circa 1940
    Vintage surveying equipment to raise money for LionHeart

    A collection of vintage surveying equipment is to go under the hammer in aid of LionHeart following a generous donation by a chartered land surveyor. Nigel Atkinson FRICS spent years snapping up the items, preserving a little piece of the profession’s history. Now, as he prepares to retire, he has decided to donate the fascinating collection to LionHeart for auction.

  • If Macmillan hadn’t helped me… - Cath speaks of her experiences dealing with cancer and Macmillan support
    If Macmillan hadn’t helped me…

    When Cath was diagnosed with bowel cancer she had to deal with the shock of her diagnosis, on top of the financial implications of taking a year off work. She had a mortgage to pay and was anxious about the cost of bills. She found herself worrying more about her finances than about getting through treatment. Cath speaks of her experiences dealing with cancer and Macmillan's support.

  • Officers’ Association grants help for care costs - Close-up of elderly woman's hands holding walking stick
    Officers’ Association grants help for care costs

    In 2016/17 the OA helped 28 people with Care Home top-up fees, totalling £66,987.

  • Perennial supports horticulturists in Carillion collapse - Carillion signage on site fencing
    Perennial supports horticulturists in Carillion collapse

    The collapse of construction firm Carillion poses a threat to horticulture businesses that had contracts with the company. Britain’s second largest construction firm, which employs 20,000 people in the UK, went into liquidation on Monday 15th January with debts of around £1.5bn.

  • Racing Welfare launch telephone befriending service - Photo of three 70's era telephone handsets in different colours
    Racing Welfare launch telephone befriending service

    Racing Welfare has launched ‘Be Friendly’ - a telephone befriending service for vulnerable, lonely or isolated people from the horseracing industry with the aim of reducing and preventing loneliness and social isolation.

  • Winston Churchill's support for the RAF Benevolent Fund - Still from 2017 film Darkest Hour showing Gary Oldman in leading role
    Winston Churchill's support for the RAF Benevolent Fund

    One of the most vocal advocates for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Sir Winston Churchill, is the focus of a new film, Darkest Hour, released in January.

  • retailTRUST supports fashion’s new entrepreneurs - A group of young fashoin entrepreneurs attend training session
    retailTRUST supports fashion’s new entrepreneurs

    An innovative new partnership made up of GCU’s British School of Fashion, retailRIGHT and European retail property specialist Hammerson, has teamed up to create a brand new initiative to support students in becoming successful fashion entrepreneurs.

  • The Royal Alfred Wins Laing Buisson Award - Laing Buisson Healthcare Intelligence Awards, Westminster Park Plaza Hotel – 15 Nov 17
    The Royal Alfred Wins Laing Buisson Award

    The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society has won “Residential Care Home Provider of the Year ‑ Small Organisation” at the Laing Buisson Awards. The award recognises the top quality care facilities that the independent charity provides in its Surrey nursing care home for former seafarers and their dependents.

  • Royal Society of Musicians’ annual concert - Close-up of chamber orchestra playing violins
    Royal Society of Musicians’ annual concert

    Six world-class musicians, Daniel Hope (violin), Freddy Kempf (piano) and the Sacconi Quartet will collaborate for the Royal Society of Musicians’ 23rd Annual Jacqueline du Pré Charity Concert.

  • ScotsCare help build strong families - Two young children at Scottish national event, face painted and holding the Scottish flag
    ScotsCare help build strong families

    ScotsCare’s Annual Review for 2017 shows that a major focus of their work has been children and families. The charity is dedicated to helping all Scots in London who need emotional, practical and financial support.

  • Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Appoints New CE - Captain Justin Osmond RN
    Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Appoints New CE

    The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society (Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society) has appointed Captain Justin Osmond RN as its new Chief Executive.

  • Christmas cheer at FOTE and Triangle Wallington - Group of senior citizens enjoying a good laugh
    Christmas cheer at FOTE and Triangle Wallington

    Friends of the Elderly care teams and volunteers helped to make Christmas a special time for residents and clients at Triangle Community Services in Wallington.

  • Ruth Jenkins: SBA Volunteer - Photo of Ruth Jenkins
    Ruth Jenkins: SBA Volunteer

    SBA The Solicitors’ Charity is recruiting volunteers across England and Wales to assist people in the grant application process. This involves meeting them on a one-to-one basis and providing feedback. The SBA interviewed one of their volunteers, Ruth Jenkins; read about her reasons for joining and her experiences within the role.

  • Cavell Nurses' Trust's #10kForNurses  - Graphics from the Cavell Nurses' Trust website, photo of a tandem skydive
    #10kForNurses

    Cavell Nurses' Trust's #10kForNurses fundraising campaign running passed the £10,000 target, with more money coming in all the time.

  • The importance of holistic health and wellbeing at work - Graphics from the CABA report cover
    CABA releases whitepaper on health

    CABA has announced the launch of its first ever whitepaper: The importance of holistic health and wellbeing at work. The whitepaper addresses wellbeing concerns of businesses of all sizes, and provides analysis and recommendations.

  • Veteran sets up his own businesses - Carl Marsh in a swimming pool
    Veteran sets up his own businesses

    An Army veteran from South Wales has set up two businesses after being the 100th wounded, injured and sick veteran to attend a self-employment course funded by Help for Heroes.

  • Help Musicians UK announce Music Minds Matter - HMUK logo and photo of double bass player
    Music Minds Matter

    Help Musicians UK is leading three panel discussions in London and Berlin to explore and discuss the music industry's response to mental health, as well as detailing the charity's 24/7 support line and service - Music Minds Matter - launching in December.

  • Irish charities receive donations from HSF - Award winners at the HSF evening at University College Cork
    Irish charities receive donations from HSF

    Irish charities received donations from the Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) at a special reception hosted at University College Cork on Monday 20th November 2017.

  • Independent Age Home Security Guide - Pages from the guide
    Independent Age Home Security Guide

    During the autumn and winter when it gets dark early, there tend to be more burglaries, especially in the run-up to Christmas. In response, Independent Age has launched a new, free advice guide to help older people and their families make their homes safer and know what precautions to take.

  • LionHeart impact report 2017 - Pages from the report
    LionHeart impact report 2017 published

    LionHeart has just released its 2017 Impact Report covering the work of the charity over the last year, including progress with the John O'Halloran Initiative and success stories and statistics.

  • New Officers' Association promotional video - Armed forces Officers attending Armed Forces Day in June 2017
    New Officers' Association promotional video

    The Officers' Association has launched a short film that outlines their purpose and services. The minute-long film is aimed at former and serving officers to help them understand how the OA can support them. This can be at any point on their journey to finding a new career after leaving the Armed Forces.

  • Pharmacist support awards 12 student bursaries - Three happy pharmacist graduates
    Pharmacist support awards 12 student bursaries

    2017 saw the Pharmacist Support national student bursary scheme present its 4th round of awards. Piloted in 2014, the scheme has allowed the charity to assist pharmacy students facing financial hardship who have demonstrated outstanding and exceptional qualities to overcome an ongoing adversity and maintain sound academic performance with a bursary of up to £5000.

  • Nursing calendar celebrates 70 years of the NHS - Group of trainee nurses practising giving injections
    Nursing calendar celebrates 70 years of the NHS

    The Queen's Nursing Institute 2018 wall calendar celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS with photographs and other images from the charity's archive going back to 1948.

  • RABF Welly Week - Supporters in Anglesey took part in a lunchtime ‘welly walk’ in the beautiful countryside around the Holyhead Breakwater Country Park
    RABF Welly Week

    According to The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Welly Week 2017 was a roaring success, but sadly could only last for eight days. The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of the RABF - as well as funds to support work in rural communities.

  • Racing world statement on sexual assault allegations - Gay Kellaway at a recent horse racing event
    Racing world statement on sexual assault allegations

    Racing’s main trade bodies and associations issued a joint statement offering the trainer Gay Kelleway support after claims that the former leading amateur jockey had suffered persistent sexual harassment throughout her career.

  • Treasury awards RAF Benevolent Fund £1m - Close-up of the HM Treasury logo on the wall of main government building in Whitehall
    Treasury awards RAF Benevolent Fund £1m

    The RAF Benevolent Fund has announced that £1m funding from the LIBOR fund has been approved by the Chancellor. This grant will enable the Fund to respond to the needs of the serving RAF and their families by providing additional facilities and services on RAF stations to enable greater social engagement, better relationships and the provision of welfare facilities.

  • RBF House of Lords Event - Palace of Westminster at dusk
    RBF House of Lords Event

    On the 13th November 2017, the Railway Benefit Fund hosted a reception, kindly sponsored by East Midlands Trains, at the House of Lords to showcase their new services. The event was hosted by Lord Snape, an RBF vice-president.

  • PayPal Turkey Dash - Aardman animated characters created for the Paypal Turkey Dash
    PayPal Turkey Dash

    This Christmas, the Royal British Legion's very own turkey - Poppy Pecksalot - will race against seven other charity turkeys in a live race.

  • Survey reveals crisis of confidence in career medicine - RMBF logo and 'Together for Doctors' graphic icon
    Survey reveals crisis of confidence in career medicine

    A new survey conducted amongst senior hospital doctors, GPs, trainees and charity supporters by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF), finds that an alarming two-thirds (67%) would now not recommend medicine as a career to their children. This news comes despite the fact that traditionally it has been a family career throughout generations.

  • What is Advocacy? - Close-up of the word 'impossible' with a pencil eraser removing letters to read 'possible'
    What is Advocacy?

    Advocacy empowers people to secure their rights, say what they want, and by representing their interests, obtain services that meet their needs. It is one of ScotsCare's most successful services for people dealing with the welfare system.

  • West Ham fans Q&A with Sir Trevor Brooking - Sir Trevor Brooking
    West Ham fans Q&A with Sir Trevor Brooking

    Friends of the Elderly along with West Ham Foundation invited West Ham football fans aged 65 and over to join them for a special Q&A event with Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking.

  • Personal debt advice for solicitors - SBA logo and graphics
    Personal debt advice for solicitors

    A solicitor's personal debt problems can affect their fitness to practice their profession. Last year SBA The Solicitors' Charity asked specialist advisers at Citizens Advice Manchester (CAM) to provide its beneficiaries with confidential, bespoke advice on welfare benefits and debt management.

  • Sons & Friends appoints Sarah Crombie - Sarah Crombie and the Sons & Friends logo
    Sons & Friends appoints Sarah Crombie

    The 362-year old clergy support charity Sons & Friends of the Clergy has appointed Sarah Crombie as its first Director of Charitable Services. She will start with Sons & Friends in February 2018, and take responsibility for the charity's three-strong grants team and an annual grants budget of approximately £2.5 million.

  • Seven years of Grocery Aid helpline support - Graphic showing the Grocery Aid logo and helpline details
    Seven years of Grocery Aid helpline support

    In 2010 Grocery Aid launched a confidential helpline service which is open 24/7. Just over seven years later more than 33,000 people have called the freephone helpline or accessed the free online knowledge base for advice and support.

  • Recovery through reflexology - Participants in the Introduction to Reflexology course at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House
    Recovery through reflexology

    Six wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans have completed the first ever Introduction to Reflexology course at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House. The course was led by City and Guilds tutor and holistic therapist Lynda Greenwood, who travelled from Northern Ireland to volunteer her time and teach wounded heroes about reflexology.

  • Independent Age wins Charity Times Award - Shappi Khorsandi hosts a glittering awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
    Independent Age wins Charity Times Award

    Independent Age has won a Charity Times Award for its new website. The submission for the award, 'Best Use of the Web', particularly highlighted the information section of the website, which provides clear and accessible information and advice to older people and their families.

  • Gardeners bare all for Perennial 2018 calendar - Perennial's intrepid volunteers have once again dared to bare all
    Gardeners bare all for Perennial 2018 calendar

    A group of gardeners has stripped off to star in a naked calendar to raise money for Perennial, the charity helping all those working in or retired from horticulture. The hardy group of volunteers from across the horticulture industry, collectively known as The Grubby Gardeners, decided to get together again, baring all for their trade charity.

  • Contactless card donations for Poppy Appeal - Poppy Appeal ambassador, Nell McAndrew launches the promotion drive for contactless card payments for the 2017 poppy appeal
    Contactless card donations for Poppy Appeal

    This year's Poppy Appeal will give the British public the chance to donate via contactless card, alongside cash, for the first time on such a large scale. The Royal British Legion, in partnership with card payment services provider Cardnet, is piloting the scheme with 200 mobile donation terminals across the UK.

  • RMBF in review - Graphics from the front cover of the RMBF Annual Review 2017
    RMBF in review

    This year, the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund celebrated its 180th anniversary. Its President, Professor Dame Parveen Kumar DBE, said: "Much has changed over the years, but we have continued to adapt to the needs of a modern medical profession, ensuring that the core principle established at the charity's founding remains the same: we will provide help to those working in medicine who have the greatest need.

  • Skill and Gallantry Awards winners - Captain Patrik Norrgård and Captain Marek Rowiński are presented with awards at the Skill and Gallantry Awards 2017 by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, President of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society
    Skill and Gallantry Awards winners

    The national Skill and Gallantry Awards, now in their 166th year, were presented at Fishmongers' Hall by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, President of national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society.

  • FOTE Annual review 2016-17: Living well - Graphics from the front cover of the downloadable report from Friends of the Elderley
    FOTE Annual review 2016-17

    Friends of the Elderly has been supporting and caring for people since 1905. This year, the charity renewed their values to strengthen a commitment to promoting wellbeing, striving for excellence, treating people with respect and keeping everyone safe in all that we do. Steve Allen Chief Executive said: "Our values hold us to account, ensuring that we never forget the people who use our services - even in these challenging times for the care sector".

  • Glasspool helps Vicars Relief Fund - Close-up of someone holding a set of keys for their home
    Glasspool helps Vicars Relief Fund

    Glasspool is partnering with St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity to launch a one month pilot to support people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are vulnerably housed, to establish and maintain their tenancies.

  • Family Fund to help 150,000 cases per year - Close-up of young boy smiling outside his home
    Family Fund to help 150,000 cases per year

    Family Fund has announced a five-year strategy to deliver more for families and advance grant-making and support services for those raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

  • UK’s ultimate sea view is revealed! - Winning entry by William Pollard entitled 'Beams'
    UK’s ultimate sea view is revealed!

    The eagerly anticipated results of the UK-wide photography competition to find the ‘Ultimate Sea View’ have been revealed by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, following a challenging judging process of over 1,300 entries.

  • Helping veterans access their eligible benefits - Stan Harthill, together with other veterans, was helped by the fund to secure entitlements from welfare
    Helping veterans access their eligible benefits

    The RAF Benevolent Fund has helped more than 1,000 people access £1.5million in unclaimed benefits after identifying that a large number of veterans were not receiving what they were entitled to.

  • RABI Assistes Owain Roberts - Owain Roberts (left) and Mel Jones (right)
    “I would do things differently next time”

    In some ways, Owain Roberts was lucky. Attempting to repair a barn roof that had been damaged in a storm, his ladder gave way right under him and he slid – rather than fell – to the floor from around 15 feet. Read his story and how RABI helped.

  • Perennial INSIGHTS - Sheila Thomson and the Perennial Logo
    Perennial INSIGHTS

    As the government’s welfare reforms continue to affect families in work across the UK, Sheila Thomson, Director of Services at Perennial, talks about how her team of trained, professional caseworkers and debt advisers deliver one-to-one help, advice and support to clients.

  • Pharmacist Support: 2016 year in review - Images of 175th Anniversary tee shirts from Pharmacy Support
    Pharmacist Support: 2016 year in review

    2016 proved to be an epic year for Pharmacist Support. An array of activities were organised to celebrate the organisation’s 175th anniversary year, and to help raise awareness and funds to support the vital work that the charity does.

  • ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit - Music teacher with primary school pupils playing musical instruments
    ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit

    The ISM Trust, supported by the Schools Music Association (SMA), has commissioned the Primary Music Toolkit to help primary school teachers further their self-assurance in teaching music in the classroom.

  • Partnership with Shelter announced - Graphic from Shelter with a campaign message '9 Million voices'
    Partnership with Shelter announced

    The Insurance Charities has teamed up with the housing charity Shelter to provide specialist help and support with issues such as mortgage or rent arrears, domestic abuse, and unsuitable properties.

  • 1 in 10 MPs in England believe the social care system is fit for purpose - Nurse talks to elderly patient in wheelchair
    Few English MP's think social care fit for purpose

    Only 10 per cent of English MPs believe that the current social care system is suitable for the UK's ageing population. And 86% of MPs in England believe a cross-party consensus is needed for a lasting settlement on health and social care.

  • Scottish Artists inspire new collaboration fund - Close-up of violin section in an orchestra
    Scottish Artists inspire new collaboration fund

    Help Musicians UK has launched an exciting new fund, with grants of up to £5,000 available for creative collaborations and research and development for Scotland-based artists.

  • 2 in 5 UK veterans have trouble sleeping - Image of empty bed with sheets and pillows
    2 in 5 UK veterans have trouble sleeping

    A survey from Help for Heroes has revealed that many ex-servicemen and women in the UK have issues sleeping, with a quarter of veterans getting less than five hours’ sleep on an average night.

  • £100,000 funding boost for families in Wales - Mother and child play with washing at home
    £100,000 funding boost for families in Wales

    Family Fund has received an additional £100,000 of funding for grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children in Wales from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

  • CTBF appoints new Chief Executive - Photo of Alex Pumfrey and the CTBF logo
    CTBF appoints new Chief Executive

    The CTBF has appointed Alex Pumfrey as its Chief Executive. Alex was formerly COO of Digital UK and has spent her career leading digital change in the creative industries. She will join the charity in October 2017.

  • Blind veteran receives prestigious medal for helping liberate France from the Nazis - Peter Johnson is formally presented with the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur at a ceremony in Bristol
    Blind veteran awarded medal

    A blind Second World War veteran has been formally presented with the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur for his part in the liberation of France.

  • ‘Back to The Beaches’ campaign support - Wreath of poppies and bouquets of flowers at a memorial in Normandy
    ‘Back to The Beaches’ campaign support

    The Taxi Charity is a group of London taxi drivers who volunteer their services to take veterans on a range of trips. They span from day trips around Britain to historical spots throughout Europe, such as Normandy, Dunkirk, and Wageningen, Netherlands.

  • Legion Honours 101-Year-Old World Record Skydiver - Verdun Hayes D-Day veteran from North Devon skydiving in May 2017
    Legion Honours 101-Year-Old World Record Skydiver

    The world’s oldest tandem skydiver has been presented with his official Guinness World Records certificate by The Royal British Legion. Verdun Hayes, a 101-year-old D-Day veteran from North Devon, smashed the world record on 14th May 2017 when he skydived from a height of 15,000ft.

  • Hands of Love gathering celebrates BME contribution to war efforts  - BME merchant navy sailors
    Hands of Love gathering celebrates BME contribution to war efforts

    The Merchant Navy Welfare Board-supported “Port Horizon” project has discovered that the ancestors of Southampton’s Black & Minority Communities in Southampton who were Merchant Navy seaman sacrificed a great deal during World War One & World War Two.

  • ISM launch #FreeMoveCreate - The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) Logo and 'Free Move Create' logo
    ISM launch #FreeMoveCreate

    The Incorporated Society of Musicians and a-n The Artists Information Company have announced their collaborative campaign #FreeMoveCreate to protect freedom of movement for all who work in the creative industries.

  • Independent Age announced as Charity Times awards finalist - Closeup of Independent Age letterhead in an envelope
    Independent Age announced as Charity Times awards finalist

    The older people’s charity has been recognised for the strength of its website, being shortlisted for Best Use of the Web in the 2017 Charity Times Awards. Independent Age offers regular friendly contact, a strong campaigning voice and free, impartial advice on the issues that matter to older people: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility.

  • Over 240 ICE members accessed Back to Work programme - Graphics for the ICE  Back to Work programme
    Over 240 ICE members accessed Back to Work programme

    Over 240 ICE members have been supported by the ICE Benevolent Fund’s Back to Work programme since its inception. It is one of the core offerings of the Ben Fund and continues to be an important part of building members’ resilience and getting them back into work and in particular, civil engineering.

  • Help Musicians UK announce Music Minds Matter - HMUK logo and photo of double bass player
    HMUK announce Music Minds Matter

    Help Musicians UK has announced a new campaign for music industry-wide support of the world's first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for people working in music. It has identified a ‘mental health crisis’ in the industry, which has led the charity to initiate an investment starting at £100,000.

  • GroceryAid helps record numbers - Infographic highlighting the year's achievements at GroceryAid
    GroceryAid helps record numbers

    It has been a year of change at GroceryAid with another increase in the number of grocery people they help. In the 12 months ending March 31st, this figure reached over 14,000 people and represents growth of 27% on last year. GroceryAid have just published their annual report which makes interesting reading.

  • CABA personal and professional development courses - Graphics including the CABA logo
    Personal development refresh thanks to CABA

    CABA has successfully returned to Cyprus to deliver personal and professional development workshops, covering happiness and mindfulness. After four years of running workshops based predominantly on professional development, CABA this year switched its attention to focus more on personal wellbeing, to help Cyprus-based ICAEW and ICPAC members and their families improve their emotional health.

  • A big thank you from Zach - Graphic promoting ABTA LifeLine's 'Go La La for LifeLine' campaign in March 2017
    A big thank you from Zach

    Thanks to the support received from the Go La La for LifeLine campaign, ABTA LifeLine was able to send Zach and his family on a week away to Norfolk. Read the full story.

  • The Soldiers’ Charity photo competition 2017 - Photo of soldier in battledress and camouflage by Murray Kerr, titled “Section Commander”
    The Soldiers’ Charity photo competition

    Now in its fourth successful year, the competition is hosted to find images for the annual Soldiers’ Charity calendar and is open to both professional photographers and amateur photographers alike.

  • Licensed Trade Charity launches “Time to Open Up” campaign - Neon sign in bar reading TIME TO OPEN UP
    Licensed Trade Charity's “Time to Open Up” campaign

    The Licensed Trade Charity has announced the launch of their latest marketing campaign, “Time to Open Up”. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the free resources available to anyone who has worked or is working in pubs, bars and breweries, when they have a personal or family problem.

  • BT Benevolent Fund AGM - Attendees at the AGM in July 2017
    BT Benevolent Fund AGM

    The Fund held its AGM at BT Centre in London on 25th July, announcing record income and grant giving for the third tear in a row.

  • London Freemasons grant to fight “neglected” cancer - Brain Tumour Research logo and graphics
    London Freemasons grant to fight “neglected” cancer

    Pioneering charity Brain Tumour Research has been awarded a £150,000 grant over three years by London Freemasons. The six-figure sum will support vital research into glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), one of the most common and deadliest forms of brain tumour, in a project undertaken at the charity’s Research Centre of Excellence in London.

  • Turn2us grants for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire - Image of the burning Grenfell tower, Kensington, London on 14th June 2107
    Turn2us grants for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire

    The horrific fire at Grenfell Tower left many people having to deal with immediate financial costs and harrowing emotional difficulties, trying to come to terms with the horrors that they had witnessed and the loss of friends, neighbours and family for many. In response, poverty charity Turn2us decided to give grants to those who were affected by the fire.

  • Scottish Ballet becomes dementia friendly - Scottish Ballet performs in an evening of Stravinsky for Autum 2017
    Scottish Ballet becomes dementia friendly

    Scottish Ballet has been awarded £150,000 by the Life Changes Trust to enable them to become dementia friendly. They will use the funding to set up a programme of dementia friendly dance based activities for people living with dementia, their carers and families across Scotland, and raise awareness about the condition.

  • British Forces TV promotes OA Virtual Careers Fair - Forces.tv news desk
    British Forces TV promotes careers fair

    The Officers Association welcomed British Forces TV to their London office to speak to Head of Employment, Liz Stevens, about the Virtual Careers Fair which took place in June.

  • Care home launches specialised training to help staff understand life at sea - Carronade outside Belvedere House nursing home, Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society
    Care Home Launches Specialised Training

    Award-winning seafarers’ nursing care home, Belvedere House of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, has launched an innovative training scheme to help staff better understand the life experiences of their residents and enable them to tailor care provision to best suit residents’ needs.

  • Volunteers Week 2017 - Volunteers Week Logo
    Volunteers Week roundup

    A summary of notable events within ACO member organisations during Volunteers Week 2017

  • Tour de Salah - Participants in the biggest organised Muslim bike ride in the UK
    Tour de Salah

    Are you up for a cycling challenge to help people living in poverty across the UK? Then join Al-Mizan Charitable Trust for Tour de Salah, a unique physical and spiritual challenge like no other!

  • Friends Scheme Launch - Image of the interior of a theatre and the Actors' Benevolent Fund Logo
    Friends Scheme Launch

    The Actors’ Benevolent Fund has re-launched its Friends scheme.

  • No One Alone - A group of five blind ex-soldiers walking down a hill, accompanied by the Blind Veterans logo and the No One Alone campaing graphics
    No One Alone

    Blind Veterans UK has launched a new campaign to mark Carers Week by asking carers organisations to refer the carers of vision-impaired veteran to the charity.

  • Coalition to tackle inequality for disabled families - Parents playing with their child
    Coalition to tackle inequality for disabled families

    The UK’s leading children’s charities, including Family Fund, will fight for better health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families under the newly-formed Disabled Children’s Partnership.

  • Forces Veterans take to the stage to aid recovery - The Stand Easy Theatrical Group
    Forces Veterans take to the stage to aid recovery

    Stand Easy uses theatre and drama as a means of recovery for wounded, injured and sick military personnel, building communication skills and positive mental health, raising self-confidence, motivation and self-esteem and giving participants more control over their lives and helping them make the transition from serving to civilian life.

  • Empowering women in the music industry - Photograph of two women at a recording studio mixing desk, along with the women in music logo
    Empowering women in the music industry

    A ground-breaking partnership between Help Musicians UK and Women in Music will further establish HMUK’s commitment to promoting gender equality in the UK music industry after their recent high profile work with the UN Fund for Women’s HeForShe campaign.

  • The Insurance Charities partners with The Silver Line - Photo of elderly man holding a phone while scratching his head
    The Insurance Charities partners with The Silver Line

    The Insurance Charities is partnering with The Silver Line, contacting older beneficiaries to ask them if they would like to receive a weekly phone call or letter or would like to volunteer to become a Friend.

  • Alone in Berlin - Black and white photo of woman walking across a Berlin bridge with the river and industry in the background
    Alone in Berlin

    The Royal Literary Fund has published a literary walk around a great European city by Christina Koning.

  • Merchant Convoy Centenary - Survivors of two merchant ships crowd the decks of a rescue trawler at St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 1943
    Merchant Convoy Centenary

    National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has marked the centenary of the introduction of the ocean convoying of merchant ships in World War One by launching a video detailing the history and impact of the convoy system.

  • St Edmunds Society Award - Instructor and students working on a motorcycle in St Edmunds Society's workshop
    St Edmunds Society Award

    Vocational education charity St Edmunds Society (St-Eds) is the winner of the B&CE Mowlem Award 2017.

  • MCF Community Awards - A banner from the MCF website announcing the MCF community awards celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry
    Vote for your favourite charity

    To celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is holding a public vote to decide how to spend £3 million of charity funding.

  • RMBF Support for Medical Students - Screenshot of graphic headline reading 'Support for Medical Students 2017  We're extending and improving the help we offer to medical students, to help safeguard the future of the profession.'
    Support for Medical Students

    The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has relaunched its programme of support for UK medical students, releasing two new publications encouraging students to seek help and offering advice on how to cope with the demands of studying medicine.

  • Social Sunday with Jason Atherton and Hospitality Action - Photo of Jason Atherton
    Social Sunday

    Jason Atherton will host a series of fundraising lunches with special guest chefs to raise money for Hospitality Action across The Social Company restaurants.

  • Text services added to Racing’s Support Line - Closeup of a woman holding a mobile phone
    Text services added to Racing’s Support Line

    Racing Welfare launched a new text contact method of accessing its services. Racing’s Support Line, the charity’s multi-channel helpline will now enable people to access support via the telephone, online and text message.

  • RABI Chairman underlines importance of charity - Pictured are Malcolm Thomas (left), Lord Plumb and R.A.B.I CEO Paul Burrows (right).
    ‘Our work is more important than ever’

    Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) chairman Malcolm Thomas told guests at this year’s AGM and conference that the charity’s work is ‘more important than ever’.

  • Jo Cleary announced as new Chair of Independent Age - Photo of Jo Cleary and a graphic of the Independent Age logo
    Jo Cleary announced as new Chair of Independent Age

    Jo Cleary will take up the role as new Chair of Independent Age formally at the AGM on 29th June 2017, succeeding Dame Diana Brittan, who is to step down from the post after eight years.

  • Help Musicians UK provide vital support to 79 musicians - Photos from Left to right, of award winners Jonathan Radford, Emily Mitchell and Jamal Aliyev
    Help Musicians UK provide vital support to 79 musicians

    HMUK support over 100 students every year, for life changing postgraduate training at the major conservatoires and performances colleges across the whole of the UK. The charity recognises that intensive post-graduate study is fundamental for the next generation of musicians to achieve their ambitions.

  • #notbuyingit campaign by GroceryAid - Pictures of two fictitious products, a tin labelled 'Loneliness' and a soap powder labelled 'Debt'
    It’s time to stop buying it

    GroceryAid has launched a new campaign raising awareness of the issues of about debt, loneliness, mental health, illness and stress affecting thousands of grocery workers.

  • CTBF appoints new President - Photo of Daniel Craig meeting fans at a CTBF fundraising event
    CTBF appoints new President

    The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund has announced the appointment of its new President, John Pike. A professional with more than 30 years of corporate and commercial law experience, John will be responsible for helping the Film and TV charity to increase its profile, reach and impact.

  • Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover braves injury, landslides and live firing - Photo of Bryan Glover and the Rainy Day Trust Logo
    Walker braves injury, landslides and live firing

    On 3 May, Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover set out to walk the entire length of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Challenge in 10 days, to raise funds for the industry charity. He succeeded in completing the 186 mile trek from St Dogmaels to Amroth half a day ahead of schedule, and has so far raised over £6,797 (including Gift Aid) through his efforts.

  •  Ivan Savage appointed as TTBS National President - Photo of  Ivan Savage appointed as TTBS National President along with logo of the charity
    Ivan Savage appointed as TTBS National President

    At the Timber Trades Benevolent Society’s Annual General Meeting, held on Thursday 11th May 2017 at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, Ivan Savage, the Society’s General Manager since 2011, was also appointed as the National President for 2017 and 2018, succeeding Robert Bruce of MH Southern & Co Ltd.

  • ICE Benevolent Fund Chairman’s time he needed help - Photo of Jon Sturgess, ICE Benevolent fund chairman
    ICE Benevolent Fund Chairman’s time he needed help

    A new awareness raising film focuses on how the ICE Benevolent Fund once came to the aid of its Chairman, Jon Sturgess CEng, FICE.

  • BTBF Review of 2016 - Screenshot of one of the pages in the eNewsletter focusing on a review of 2016
    BTBF Review of 2016

    BT Benevolent Fund made grants totalling £730,000. As in previous years, 2016 saw need in many varied forms. The largest grant was over £8,000 for adaptations so a disabled child could come home from hospital, while the smallest was just £30 for food in the week before Christmas.

  • The 2017 Newton Charity Investment Survey - Graphic showing a bank of microphones with the wording 'SPEAK UP! Please complete The 2017 Newton Charity Investment Survey'
    Newton Charity Investment Survey

    The 2017 Newton Charity Investment Survey is now open. The survey aims to provide a valuable snapshot of current views, positioning and investment practices across the charity sector.

  • Sons & Friends of the Clergy appoints new CEO - Photo of Jeremy Moodey, the new CEO of Sons & Friends of the Clergy, along with a logo of their organisation
    Sons & Friends of the Clergy appoints new CEO

    Following a year of considerable change and development, the Sons & Friends of the Clergy, a 362-year old charity which provides support to Anglican clergy and their dependants, has announced the appointment of its first Chief Executive. Jeremy Moodey.

  • Celebrating 100 years of the Wrens - Wrens, members of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), move a torpedo for loading into a submarine at Portsmouth
    Celebrating 100 years of the Wrens

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, and to tie in with this special event, Blind Veterans UK is reaching out to WRNS veterans who are eligible for our support.

  • Making video work for charities - Closeip of professional video camera with presenter and producer blurred in the background
    Making video work for charities

    Video should be about more than just shiny content on your website – it should be a tool that will help you achieve a clear strategic aim: awareness, branding, fundraising or advice. And a successful strategy means thinking of different ways in which video can work for you – case studies, fun DIY fundraising videos and longer, documentary style pieces.

  • Architects Benevolent Society working with Anxiety UK - Picture of woman with several other hands reaching in with additional work for her to perform
    Architects Benevolent Society working with Anxiety UK

    The Architects Benevolent Society in consultation with the RIBA, CIAT and the Landscape Institute, has partnered with Anxiety UK to provide support to members of the wider architectural profession living with anxiety, stress or anxiety based depression via a range of services, including one to one therapy, a dedicated helpline and email services to provide emotional support, self-help materials and annual membership to Anxiety UK.