Episode 11: Hannah Bratton talks about Hand Made Smiles

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In this week’s episode I talk to Hannah Bratton about Hand Made Smiles her project to try to ensure that all 2500 of the Royal Military Police receive a Christmas Card hand made by a child for Christmas 2014.

Hannah is 11 now but started the project last year because she wanted to meet people who knew her grandfather who was in the Royal Military Police. This led to her meeting lots of interesting people and sending Get Well cards to members of the RMP who were injured and she is now on her final push to get cards sent out for Christmas this year.

This is what we cover:

  • How Hannah came to set up the project for Christmas last year.
  • How hearing about her Grandfather inspired her to want to meet members of the Royal Military Police who worked with him.
  • How Hannah organises everything with her Mum, Jayne’s, help, including getting and sending out the cards, with letters and “wishing dust”.
  • The fact that the project allowed Hannah to meet lots of amazing people – and how the project has shown her the artistic side of people in Royston!
  • The challenges of getting all the cards needed by the deadlines – 950 have been sent but the rest of the 2500 are needed by 10 December 2014.
  • The way Hannah gets the word out about the project – mostly Facebook and her website.
  • Hannah’s future plans for the project.

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Any hand made cards for Hannah to use as part of her Hand Made Smiles project should be sent or delivered to 10 Owen Drive, Royston, Herts SG8 5US by 10 December 2014.

Thank you.

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Episode 10: Alana Hurd talks about My Million to One

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In this week’s episode I talk to Alana Hurd about her My Million To One project raising money for a home for 8 orphaned children in Africa and why she decided to do things a bit differently and emphasise the positive.

Alana is 32 and worked in TV from 2006 to 2012, first in drama and then in documentaries. She first began volunteering in Southern Africa in 2000 and made various fundraising documentaries (self funded) to help children in the area before she was asked to help these 8 disabled children in particular. She quit TV in 2012 to launch MMTO full time. The deadline for the MMTO campaign is Christmas Day 2014. She is on twitter @MyMillionToOne.

This is what we cover:

  • How she came to start the project to raise £1m to fund the Home.
  • Why Alana wanted to make the project positive for everyone so that it was a “dream swap”.
  • Why she set the membership rate at £1.
  • What membership offers: the kind of opportunities and benefits made available through her membership site.
  • How her background in documentaries and human rights influenced her approach in fundraising.
  • How she managed to get people to volunteer their time to help actors, film makers, adverturers and how other prizes offering unique opportunities came about.
  • The problem of being “too good to be true” and how Alana is overcoming people’s suspicions.
  • “Deliver a Dream Day” on 29 November 2014 starting a month of intense fundraising with a flash mob in Covent Garent and taking the portable pop up “Our House Christmas House” around the country.

Things mentioned in this episode include:

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Episode 9: Alex Swallow talks about Young Charity Trustees

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In this episode I talk to Alex Swallow about his involvement with not for profits and, in particular, how he came to found Young Charity Trustees.

Alex Swallow is the Programme Director of the Charity Leaders’ Exchange and Assistant Editor for Good News Shared. He is also the Founder of Young Charity Trustees, Advisor for London Young Charity Professionals, a mentor for the Charityworks Programme and a Fellow of the RSA. He was previously the Chief Executive of the Small Charities Coalition. He is passionate about using social media for social good. His website is launching soon: details at http://launch.alexswallow.com and on twitter he is @AlexSwallow.

This is what we cover:

  • How Alex became a Trustee in his twenties (rather than Santa!).
  • What does “young” mean in this context.
  • How Alex came to found Young Charity Trustees via a group of Young Charity Trustee Ambassadors in 2011.
  • Improving Board diversity.
  • Why people hesitate to offer themselves as Trustees.
  • Broadening awareness of Charities and Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Involvement with Good News Shared and launching his website.

Things mentioned in this episode include:

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Episode 8: Simon Weil talks about Trustees

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In this episode for Trustees Week, I talk to Simon Weil, a partner in the Charities and Social Enterprise team at Bircham Dyson Bell, about his experience both of being a trustee and advising trustees over a period of more than 36 years.

Simon specialises in charities, philanthropy, tax planning, trusts and the resolution of potentially contentious issues arising out of wills, trusts and co-ownership of property for private clients and charities.

This is what we cover:

  • Key issues relating to the roles and duties of trustees/directors etc of charities.
  • The different structures and risks associated with grant giving charities (usually unincorporated) and fundraising/service provider charities (usually incorporated).
  • The role of the Chairman and CEO in fundraising/service provider charities.
  • Conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties.
  • Investment powers, use of assets and fundraising.
  • How things have changed – the Trustee Act 2000 and practical changes that impact on Trustees in the third sector.
  • The challenges of equality and diversity.

Things mentioned in this episode include:

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Episode 7: Jonathan Brinsden talks about Social Enterprise

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In this episode I ask Jonathan Brinsden, a partner in the Charities and Social Enterprise team at law firm, Bircham Dyson Bell, to talk about the topics we did not have time to cover in Episode 2 that is Social Enterprise, Social Investment and Community Interest Companies.

Jonathan advises on a wide variety of commercial and constitutional issues affecting charities. He has developed particular expertise in advising charities operating internationally, in particular in helping overseas charities develop their franchise within the UK, often by a subsidiary or by a dual qualified charity.

This is what we cover (I’m afraid the audio quality is a bit mixed due to the location where it was recorded but the content is still very useful!):

  • What is a ‘social enterprise?
  • The focus on outcomes not form for social enterprises.
  • What is a ‘social investment?
  • The size of the social investment market (spoiler: small).
  • Incentives for investment in social enterprises.
  • Charity Commission Guidance – mixed motive investment etc.
  • Big Society Capital and its objectives.
  • Social Investment Tax Relief.
  • Community Interest Companies and the ‘asset lock’.

Things mentioned in this episode include:

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Episode 6: Mark Leruste talks about Movember

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In this episode I talk to Mark Leruste about his involvement with Movember.

Mark Leruste is the Movember country manager for France & Spain and an award-winning social entrepreneur, men’s health activist and author of “It’s Not You, It’s Me” who wholeheartedly believes everyone should pursue their wildest dreams.

This is what we cover:

  • What the Movember is and how it aims to promote mens’ health.
  • Achievements to date – numbers taking part and money raised.
  • When and how it started (11 years ago in a bar in Austrailia).
  • Spread and global reach of the campaign.
  • Funding of research specifically in France, Spain and Switzerland and the work being done by Professor Arnauld Villers at the University of Lille, France.
  • The importance of raising mens’ health issues and traditional reluctance to address this – and getting the right sort of treatment.
  • The Movember Rules.
  • What Mark does when he isn’t working on Movember – his book “It’s not you, it’s me” (see link below) and his retreat in January 2015.

Things mentioned in this episode include:

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Episode 5: Kate and Ben of Fabrily

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In this episode I talk to Kate Shoaf and Ben Sandhu of Fabrily and hear about how Fabrily acts as a crowdfunding platform to help people raise money through the sale of T-shirts and similar items.

This is what we cover:

  • What Fabrily does and how it came to be set up.
  • What sort of organisations works with and some campaigns they have been involved with.
  • The products Fabrily offers now and future plans
  • Ethical and environmental issues relating to soucing and production of products.
  • How the process works.
  • The useful guidance they provide on promoting campaigns via social media etc.

Things mentioned in this episode include:

  • If you need help with campaigns you can contact Fabrily at campaigns@fabrily.com

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Episode 4: Lilach Bullock talks about Social Media

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In this episode, I talk to Lilach Bullock about how charities use social media – and discover that in many ways the principles are not that different to “for profit” businesses.

Lilach, who is the co-founder of Communicastions Axis with Dan Purvis, is listed in Forbes as one of the top 20 women social media power influencers and as one of the top social media power influencers and is one of the most dynamic personalities in the social media market. 

She has experience of working with and providing training for the not for profit sector in relation to the use of social media to raise awareness and promote their causes and her clients have included Jewish Volunteering Network and Children England.

This is what we cover:

  • The importance of brand awareness and its relationship with fundraising
  • Using the right social media platform for your audience
  • Why you need a social media strategy
  • The importance of asking for likes, favours and support
  • Why you need to be creative to get attention
  • Should charities pay someone to manage their social media presence?
  • Is social media worth doing if you can’t update it regularly?

Things mentioned in this episode include:

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Episode 3: Jo Tasker and Technopop

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In this episode I speak to Jo Tasker, the founder and director of Technopop (www.technopop.co.uk), the social enterprise set up to engage children and young people with all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths). Its first event is Technopop London, a groundbreaking Science, Technology, Design and Innovation festival, aimed at 6-19 year olds, taking place in TIQ Stratford, East London, throughout October 2014.

Jo been developing Technopop for the past two years as a response to the UK technology skills gaps. As a business development consultant specialising in the construction industry, Jo was acutely aware of this gap, having worked with clients struggling to fill engineering roles who were looking, and even moving, overseas for talent. Research for the event revealed that the story is the same across all industries and 100,000 people are needed to enter the digital sector every year to ensure continued growth.

Technopop London, which is free to schools and colleges, is an immersive four-zoned exhibition and has interactive programme of scheduled activities and events across science, technology and the built environment. Each Thursday will be dedicated to Inspiring Women Across Industry, with careers and skills advice from across education and business, as well as from outstanding female role models working in the STEM industry today.

This is what we cover:

  • Background to the Technopop event and how and why it came about.
  • The shortage of your people working in and coming into Construction and Engineering.
  • The need to encourage children and young people to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • STEM and how Diversity issues are being addressed – and Inspiring Women at Technopop.
  • The different areas covered over the four weeks from 8 October to 2 November 2014: : Week 1 Looking up; Week 2 In Touch with Technology; Week 3 Built Environment; Week 4 Sports Science and the Human Body
  • Main Challenge – Funding!
  • Getting the word out…
  • The venue and what will be there.
  • How success will be measured.
  • Half Term special events and things to do.

Things mentioned in this episode include:

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Episode 2: Jonathan Brinsden Introduction to Charities

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In this episode I ask Jonathan Brinsden, partner in the Charities and Social Enterprise team at law firm, Bircham Dyson Bell, about some charity law basics: what are the requirements to be a charity in England and Wales, how are they regulated and what are the various structures available – and what are some of the pros and cons of each.

Jonathan advises on a wide variety of commercial and constitutional issues affecting charities and is the first point of contact for many charity chief executives. He has assisted a number of charities with Charity Commission schemes and other regulatory issues relating to their activities.

He has considerable expertise in the specialised area of NHS charity regulation and has worked with charities of all shapes and sizes in improving their governance systems and developing their legal frameworks. Jonathan has also built up a significant practice advising on fundraising, direct mail solicitations and sponsorship opportunities.

Jonathan has developed particular expertise in advising charities operating internationally, in particular in helping overseas charities develop their franchise within the UK, often by a subsidiary or by a dual qualified charity.

Jonathan is a trustee of a number of charities and frequent contributor to charities media debates.

This is what we cover:

  • Historical background – the Statute of Elizabeth I.
  • Charitable categories – and how they have been updated.
  • Public benefit and what it means.
  • Trading and why it can be a problem.
  • The Charity Commission and its role as Regulator.
  • Structures: Unicorporated and Incorporated (CIOs and companies limited by guarantee).

Things mentioned in this episode include:

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