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Jo Wells stands down as Director of Blagrave after nearly 10 years

We would like to share the news that Jo Wells is standing down as Director of Blagrave in June 2022 Jo joined Blagrave in Autumn 2012 and has taken the organisation from a relatively small,...
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Annual partner meeting

When you share power with young people, where can you go? WATCH OUR VIDEO Blagrave’s annual partners meeting this year was a real celebration of being able to come together in person once again and...
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Celebrating our partners tackling racial justice

Following the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Report, The Blagrave Trust has joined other Foundations in calling for the government to affirm its commitment to actively tackling racism in...
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Beyond the rhetoric: Provocations on power, voice and listening

Blagrave Trust and Lankelly Chase joined forces to curate a set of blogs discussing power, privilege and voice in our sector. Philippa Knott, Policy Manager at the Blagrave Trust introduces the...
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Welcoming four new trustees to Blagrave

The Blagrave Trust is delighted to welcome four new Trustees to our Board! After an open recruitment we were thrilled with the quality of applications – so strong were our candidates that we have...
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Do I hear you?

Edd Fry, Blagrave’s Listening Manager, reflects on how funders listen. At the end of December, I got a copy of a report which was written during the first phase of the Listening Fund. Called...
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Challenge and Change update

We were ​amazed to receive nearly 200 applications of fantastic quality and vision, requesting more than £1,250,000 in total funding. It has been fantastic and inspirational to see so much...
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Listening to young people during C19

‘The quickest way to be out of date is to not listen’ How did effective listening practice to young people by youth organisations help or hinder their response to Covid-19? New, insightful...
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Demanding change from Trusts and Foundations

Blagrave Trustee Tasneem Alom reflects on the questions now facing Trusts and Foundations who seek to support issues of social justice. The Black Lives Matter movement has shown us that there are...
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Launching the Challenge and Change Fund

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new funding stream, Challenge and Change, which expands our work to directly invest in young people creating positive change. History illuminates the...
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Youth peer research – a review of methods

Young London has published a useful and practical review of peer research projects. It includes the dilemmas around how young people’s time should be paid (payment or vouchers) how to recruit a...
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Blagrave, Covid 19 and future plans

Here’s a short update on our work which addresses Covid-19. We’ve also set out our plans for the months ahead as we move forward, into recovery… Covid-19-June update Blagrave
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Welcoming two new trustees to Blagrave

We are delighted to welcome two new trustees to the Blagrave Board!   Climate change activist Daze Aghaji is a 20 year-old student from London currently studying History and Politics at...
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Young Peoples Experiences During the COVID 19 Crisis

Help Us to Move On  is a youth movement led by young people in Southampton which Blagrave is supporting. The youth advocates are working with No Limits and the Southern Policy Centre to advocate...
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Covid-19 as a re-set switch?

Recently we offered a facilitated space for our partners to come together, to share experiences, and challenges. 17 individuals from a variety of partner youth charities in the South East of England...
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Listening to young people about Covid-19

We believe that listening carefully and deeply to young people to understand the implications of Covid-19 is more important than ever. Service-delivery organisations need to listen to their...
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The Blagrave Trust – Covid-19 response

Blagrave Covid-19 response We are a small funder working with and for young people, operating primarily across 4 counties in the South of England, with a national footprint via our work on policy,...
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Sources of funding for Covid response

See this list for a comprehensive overview of sources of funding for Covid-19 response:
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Legal issues – coronavirus and your charity

NCVO and legal experts Bates Wells and Braithwaite have made available some very helpful resource materials on the legal implications arising from Covid 19....
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Coronavirus – what we’ve heard from partners

Over the last challenging week, we’ve had conversations with many of you who have let us know about the measures you’re taking in response to the coronavirus. We are all incredibly impressed...
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Managing coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak is an exceptional event that is going to have an impact on all of us. We’ve written to all our partners to reassure them that we will do what we can to support them at...
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Losing Control or Taking Control ? of the funding system

Last week Philippa and I from Blagrave attended the Losing Control network event for funders and commissioners – how we can do more to fund grassroot movements, communities and networks, rather...
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Charities launch ESG ‘investing olympics’

We believe that charities should use all their endowment to achieve their mission, not just their income. Like an increasing number of asset owners, we are seeking to maximise the social and...
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What do you really think about evaluation?

Our friends at the Centre for Youth Impact have launched a new, regular survey for youth organisations about evaluation and impact. Called Asking Good questions, the regular survey is only 3 simple...
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Young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow, so why not let them lead?

Charde Pinnock, Team Assistant at Blagrave, writes about her first impressions in the role. From one end of the spectrum to the other, it seems I’ve now seen both sides of the charity sector....
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Young Trustees role – now closed

Following an amazing response, these roles are no longer available. Watch this space for updates!
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Grants for young people to learn a craft

Blagrave partner QEST funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople. They provide scholarship & apprenticeship grants of up to £18,000 for craftspeople who intend to undertake a...
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How are young people leading change?

We are pleased to present a report from researchers Natasha Evans and Jim Coe, which looks at where and how young people are leading change on issues that affect them, and how we as funders might...
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Student Hubs are looking for new trustees

Blagrave partner, Student Hubs, are looking for new trustees – application pack here. They’re very keen to keep up their representation of young trustees and are particularly interested...
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Founding signatory to funder commitment on climate change

The growing climate emergency is a serious threat to our mission to enable young people to make a positive transition to adult life. We want to play a part in addressing the causes of climate change...
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New analysis shows impact of inequality on young people in the South

Recently, fellow grantmaker Local Trust published a report identifying over 200 specific areas in the UK that exhibit features they call ‘Left Behind’. Areas where are there are...
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Is influencing policy change a core part of your work? Should it be?

It could have been risky, gathering about 40 our partners – many of them small, local charities working directly with young people – to discuss policy and social change, and our and their...
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Amazing opportunity for young entrepreneurs to win £10,000

Unloc is a social enterprise working with schools and colleges develop entrepreneurship in young people and one of our partners. The organisation has for a second year joined forces with Verizon to...
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Welcoming our new Chair and a new trustee to Blagrave!

The Blagrave Trust is delighted to welcome Peter Babudu as Chair and Segun Olowookere, to our Board. Peter is currently Head of Evidence at the Youth Endowment Fund – a fund dedicated to preventing...
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Experts by profession, or experts by experience?

Thousands of young people in Hampshire are forced to sleep rough or sofa surf. Supported accommodation or hostels, funded by the council and provided by voluntary sector organisations, have been cut...
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Summarising what we’ve heard

Lankelly Chase and Blagrave have now published 10 blogs on power, voice and listening to explore how power is held in the social sector; particularly by funders; whose voices get heard in decision...
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Questioning the concept of ‘outreach’

Have you ever questioned the concept of outreach? Mona Bani, youth worker and Strategic Director at May Project Gardens asks: Who are we ‘outreaching to’ and why are they on the outside in the...
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Free online resources for leadership development

Clore Social Leadership has launched the Backpack, a free online resource with the most impactful leadership tools they’ve gathered over the past 10 years of running leadership programmes. The...
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Lighting the candle of democracy at both ends

When it comes to solving societal problems democratically, we need to make sure we’re putting as much focus on listening as we are on speaking up. It’s time to burn both ends of the candle, says...
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Rolling with the punches

Small social sector organisations tackle constant challenges, like financial insecurity and lack of resources, and the onus is often on them to be resilient in the face of adversity. Jessica...
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Power and vulnerability in the charity-funder relationship

A CEO, who wants to remain anonymous, challenges social sector funders to own their power and use it to improve the system. Well this is rather nice. Being anonymous means that I can speak my mind. I...
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The paralysis of power: How outdated structures are stifling foundations

Is the benefactor-beneficiary relationship stuck in the past? And why aren’t foundations shifting their approach to power sharing? Fozia Irfan, Chief Executive of Bedfordshire & Luton...
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Does business listen better than the social sector?

David Bonbright, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability, says that when it comes to listening to the people that count, businesses are doing better than social change...
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Does coproduction really empower people?

Mark Brown, Development Director of Social Spider CIC and writer in residence at the Centre for Mental Health, discusses the inequalities and empty promises that can arise when service users get...
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Does coproduction really empower people?

Mark Brown, Development Director of Social Spider CIC and writer in residence at the Centre for Mental Health, discusses the inequalities and empty promises that can arise when service users get...
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Shifting the power dynamic in funding

Max Rutherford, Head of Policy at the Association of Charitable Foundations, considers how the funding pot can create a power imbalance – and what foundations and others can do to change it. The...
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Living Wage Grantee Survey 2019

We support the Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme which aims to end low pay in the Voluntary and Community Sector. The real Living Wage rate of £9.00 per hour throughout the UK except London, where...
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Harnessing power for social change

The idea of relinquishing our power can be daunting. Raji Hunjan, Chief Executive of anti-poverty charity Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, considers how people in positions of power can learn to share more of...
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The Listening Fund: do we hear that it is time for change?

Last week, the partners in The Listening Fund came together to try and answer one question: how we can better listen to young people so that they are empowered to improve the circumstances,...
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The Blagrave Trust 1981 – 2018

We were established in 1981 and over much of our history, we were a relatively conventional and unobtrusive regional grant maker. We operated along traditional lines with modest annual grants and the...
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The Advocacy Academy is hiring!

One of our partners, the Advocacy Academy, has some big news – They’re hiring! Advocacy Academy are an activist youth movement based in South London. Their mission is to unleash the power...
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Policy solutions to problems facing young people in Hampshire

‘Help us to move on’ addresses the problems facing young people in Hampshire and makes recommendations for practical policy solutions. It was commissioned by the Blagrave Trust and...
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Why We Must Involve Young People In Decision-Making

From the Youth Strikes 4 Climate movement, to the March for Our Lives and Global March against child labour, student-led, youth movements provide a powerful message that their future is too...
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Researcher wanted into youth led change

We are seeking a researcher / adviser to help us learn where young people are leading policy and broader social change, and how we can best support them to do so as a funder and through our own...
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We’re moving to be youth led

The Blagrave Trust sees it as imperative that we reduce the distance between ourselves and those we seek to help. Read Jo Wells’ blog Reducing Social Distance on why we’re moving to being...
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Congratulations to amazing young campaigners

The Blagrave Trust are proud sponsors of the Sheila McKechnie Young Campaigners Award – a national awards scheme that recognise the best campaigns and campaigners locally and nationally. The...
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Practical insights for managing in complexity

We’re pleased to be featured in Exploring the New World: a new report by Collaborate on funding, commissioning, and managing services in complexity. The report is a great chance to learn from...
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Opportunity for care experienced young people

The Unite Foundation scholarship scheme provides free student accommodation for care leaver and estranged students in universities across the UK. Applications are open now. If you work with any young...
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Call for inspirational young leaders and adults

Lighting the Fire is Leap’s flagship national awards event that celebrates the young people, adults and projects/organisations that support young people to manage the conflict in their lives. If...
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The Blagrave Trust 1981 – 2018

We were established in 1981 and over much of our history, we were a relatively conventional and unobtrusive regional grant maker. We operated along traditional lines with modest annual grants and the...
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Beautiful countryside site for groups

The Blagrave Trust owns Linkenholt Countryside Adventure, a beautiful site in Hampshire available for schools, youth groups and charities to use. The site is set within a 2000 acre estate offering...
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Why we’re moving to being a youth led trust

Reducing social distance – starting with governance. Read Jo Wells’ blog Reducing Social Distance on why we’re moving to being a youth led trust and what this means.
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Young people’s mental health campaign

Mental health: the students who helped themselves when help was too slow coming With conventional services overstretched, teenagers in the Cumbria coastal town of Maryport teamed up to assist their...
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New (free!) toolkit for meaningful participation

Blagrave partner, the Young Women’s Trust, has launched ‘Working inclusively with young women’: A toolkit for meaningful participation. Developed with young women and drawing on Young...
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SMEX19 – A Creative Day for Charity Staff 

Sounddelivery‘s flagship conference the Social Media Exchange – SMEX19 – takes place on Monday 11th February. This creative training day has been designed to enhance...
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Looking for support to scale?

Spring Impact are launching the third Scale Accelerator – a funded programme, supporting UK-based organisations to scale their social innovations. Organisations taking part in the Big Lottery...
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New Job, new start!

Philippa Knott, The Blagrave Trust’s new policy manager, shares her thoughts on her new role. Reflections on three months in post at Blagrave Trust. Looking ahead to the next year. I love my...
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New – Managing Challenging Behaviour online course

One of our partners, Releasing Potential, has recently made available its expertise in managing challenging behaviour with the launch of a new, online course. The 10-hour online course can be...
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The Young Trustees Movement – Will you pledge? 

The Young Trustees Movement has launched! This campaign, which Blagrave has backed, aims to double the number of trustees aged 30 and under on charity boards by 2024 in England and Wales. While the...
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Trafficked children still at risk – new report

Two leading UK charities, ECPAT UK and Missing People, have released a new report warning that trafficked and unaccompanied children are 30 times more likely to go missing than other children their...
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Young Campaigner Award – nominations needed!

Nominations for the Sheila McKechnie Young Campaigner Award 2019 are now live! Each year, SMK celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners – whether working locally or nationally, and from...
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How can we be more inclusive to diverse views?

At our annual partner meeting this year we asked ourselves a seemingly simple question – who holds us accountable for our missions? And if we are committed to ensuring young people can hold us...
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Becoming a pioneer…

Darren Keenan is a 2016 graduate of the Advocacy Academy, a social justice fellowship that develops the knowledge, skills and confidence of young people in south London. After successfully...
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Are you genuinely shifting power to young people?

Here are three simple tests, proposed by Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, Chair of the British Youth Council Amanda:
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Can we make feedback the expected thing?

Edd Fry, Listening Fund Project Manager gives his thoughts on feedback practice within organisations. In early October, I was in Washington D.C. to attend the Feedback Summit, a two-day global...
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Reflections on accountability

Every year we get our partners together for a day to connect, share, reflect and learn from each other.  This year we explored the question “who holds us accountable to our missions”? Amanda on...
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The next generation of charity governance – workshops 12, 13, 20 Nov

As part of the Blagrave Trust Young Trustees project, we are holding a series of workshops. “The next generation of charity governance”  is in London on the 12th of November, Leeds on the 13th...
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Why don’t we have more young people on charity trustee boards?

In October 2017, we advertised for two new trustees under 25 years of age. We were looking to both expand and diversify our Board, whilst ensuring that our own practice mirrored our mission and...
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Trusting in partnerships

My motivation for working for a funder is to bring benefit to the fantastic organisations and people supporting my local community. That’s why it is so depressing to read quotes like this: “Some...
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Expert training on enterprise for the youth sector

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is offering free training for established charities and social enterprises in the youth sector. They are offering a FREE programme of support to help you: develop...
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Why we need the energy, brains, imagination and talent of young people

  This striking quote from the American writer and futurist Alvin Toffler was an inspirational find today! “The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around...
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Expert training for small charities in Southampton – FREE

Small charities in Southampton may be interested to know that the DCMS is subsidising training offered by the Foundation for Social Improvement on 16th October offering small and local charities and...
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Workshop on group dynamics: leadership, power and social change!

You may be interested in this four day workshop exploring the conscious and unconscious dynamics at play in the governance and management structures of the social sector. It’s an OPUS workshop...
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The launch of the Listening Fund website!

In March, we were delighted to launch our collaboration with Big Lottery, Comic Relief and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: The Listening Fund.  Working with 22 partners across England, we are...
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“Bad behaviour could be a cry for help” – a Fixers story

The Blagrave Trust is supporting Fixers, which amplifies the voices of young people through media, to work with young people across the South East. The Fixers films shine a light on issues the young...
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What research do charities and donors need?

Charity research consultancy, Giving Futures, wants to know the views of charities and funders on the type of evidence, information and data that would assist their work. What research could help...
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A Generation Together? Listening to young people’s views on Brexit

In this powerful report, researcher/ author Caroline Macfarland argues that young people – who feel strongly the impact that Brexit could have on them and the country – are being let down...
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New research on the benefits of outdoor learning

Following the publication of the Blagrave report in 2015, highlighting the need for better join-up between academics and practitioners and better co-ordination of research activity in the sector, the...
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Social Power! Civil society to be bolder and braver

The final report of the Social Change Project has launched. It is the culmination of a research project by The Sheila McKechnie Foundation into the question: what can we learn about how social...
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Grant reporting is broken: lessons from Blagrave experience

Tessa Hibbert, Regional Partnerships Manager, sets out the Blagrave Trust learning about a new way of grant reporting. At the Blagrave Trust, we are passionate about ensuring that we do everything we...
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Five principle for listening

Become – the national voice for children in care and young care leavers – shares their five principles for listening to children and young people in this short blog for Medium.  
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New! Practical tools for charities on impact measurement

There is a new website with a suite of free tools and guidance on impact measurement for charities and social enterprises. The site is a joint venture from New Philanthropy Capital, NCVO,...
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Power in Our Hands?

The independent inquiry into the future of civil society has published its first year’s report. The represents the culmination of over 60 ‘community conversations’ with voluntary...
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The power of stories

For the Old Fire Station, Oxford – an amazing arts and community venue – communicating the real impact of what they do to funders and commissioners was proving challenging. More to the...
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Young and homeless 2018 – new report

An excellent new report from Homeless Link on youth homelessness gives a clear picture of the situation today – and makes clear recommendations for future policy and practice. The...
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New framework available for highly effective organisations

April 2018 This month, US based organisation Leap of Reason published a revised version of their ‘PerformanceImperative_2.0‘  They call this a framework for highly effective civil...
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Young Leader of the Year Award!

April 2018 Temi Adekoya – A leading young activitist from one of our partner charities, ECPAT – has won the prestigious Young Leader of the Year Award from London Youth. Temi won the...
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Why we’re supporting the Listening Fund

March 2018 Edd Fry, Listening Fund Project Manager, explains the importance of listening to young people – and why funders must listen too. Most of us working in the third sector want to live...
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New resources for measuring the impact of open access youth work

£40 million of government and National Lottery funding from the DCMS and Big Lottery Fund has gone into the Youth Investment Fund, and funding has been awarded to 86 charities across the UK....
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We are a Living Wage Friendly Funder

We’re proud to announce we’ve received recognition as a Living Wage Friendly Funder from the Living Wage Foundation. Living Wage Friendly Funders themselves are Living Wage Employers and...
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We are recruiting!

We are looking for an engaged and energized individual to be our next Policy Manager and take forward our exciting policy agenda. The role will suit someone who is excited by the opportunity to bring...
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The Listening Fund is here!

We are so excited to announce the launch of the Listening Fund!  The £900k fund is a collaboration between ourselves, the Big Lottery Fund,  Comic Relief, and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and...
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Using a theory of change in systems change

NPC has published a paper setting out how they see theories of change contributing to planning and measuring the outcomes of systems change. There are those that argue that theories of change have...
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Transitions to adulthood: a review of the literature

Over recent years we, and the partners we fund, have become increasingly concerned about the plight of so many young people leaving school without the necessary support they need. In particular,...
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Outcomes measurement – in young people’s best interests?

The Blagrave Trust was one of a number of funders involved in the Alexi project – a recent large-scale evaluation of the impact of service delivery on improving local responses for children...
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Free new research and planning resource for charities

Is merger the right ‘survival strategy’ for your organisation? How do you decide what to prioritise when everything is important? What works for setting up cross sector working? What is core...
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Funding available for small scale research projects

Community groups are invited to take part in a new scheme matching them with academics to complete research for social benefit. The Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI) is open for...
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Voluntary roles at the Children In Need S&W committee

BBC Children in Need are currently looking for a Voluntary Advisory Committee Chair and Vice Chair in the South and West region. BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives...
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Introduction to accounts for small charities

Our friends at Wiltshire Community Foundation are holding an affordable training course for small charities on managing your accounts. This is an interactive workshop for trustees, staff and...
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Brain + Heart + Ears

Blagrave’s own Director, Jo Wells, is the subject of this insightful profile from American thought leader, the Leap of Reason. The profile gives some background into Jo’s professional...
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Learn to listen to young people…..learn to collaborate

Every year we bring partners together for a day of shared learning and collaboration around a common theme. This year, we considered some of the questions raised by the independent Inquiry into the...
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Promoting educational equality – free conference, London, 27/2/18

On 27 February 2018 from 2pm – 4pm, the University of Reading will be sharing results of their research on promoting educational equality. This will be a fascinating opportunity to hear from Dr...
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Nominations open for best young campaigner

Each year, the Sheila McKechnie Foundation celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners in their National Campaigner Awards. Campaigners work locally or nationally, and can be individuals and...
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Managing My Money – free online course

The Open University recently launched a free online course with Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert, specifically designed to support the financial education of 16-18 year olds. Whether you’ve...
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Young people experiencing CSE

The Blagrave Trust was part of a funders’ alliance supporting a range of voluntary sector partners to provide support to young people who were affected by child sexual exploitation. The...
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Proud to celebrate Youth Voice stars!

The Blagrave Trust was proud to present the ‘Best Campaign’ award at the first ever Youth Voice Star Awards recently. The awards celebrate the breadth and diversity of local work...
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The Blagrave Trust is looking for Young Trustees!

The Blagrave Trustees have decided to recruit two additional young adult trustees to the Board. Because we are focused on young people, it is both important and appropriate that our own decision...
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So much to give – UK Youth Parliament

This morning I had the great privilege of attending the House of Commons to listen to the member of the UK Youth parliament debating the top issues of importance to 11 – 18 year olds.   And what...
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‘The World Outside is Beautiful…’

One of our charity partners supports children experiencing a bereavement. This quote was reported to me by their youth worker who had recently finished a youth session. The young person they were...
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NSPCC funding for evaluation

The NSPCC has a research fund available for smaller organisations to demonstrate the impact of their work. They are calling for expressions of interest from organisations (with an annual budget up to...
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Ever wondered what happens in Government?

If you have, the NCVO Day in the Life work shadowing scheme is a great opportunity. A Day In The Life offers staff from government and voluntary sector organisations the chance to step into each...
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10 tips for collecting feedback from young people

Feedback consultancy, Keystone Accountability, has written a blog on their website about the learning from the Blagrave Trust feedback fund 2016. We launched the feedback fund to build the youth...
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Shining a Light

I visited the Isle of Wight recently to meet young people and youth charities. I was keen to find out more from young people about what they think about life on the Island, what the challenges are...
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10 tips for charity leaders

Grant funder, The King’s Fund, has published advice to help third sector CEOs address the challenges they face. 10 tips for charity leaders, based on the Fund’s work with the GSK Impact...
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Free media support for charities

One of the challenges that many of our partners tell us they face is the need to raise their profile locally and nationally. The Media Trust has launched a new platform connecting charities with...
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What matters to young people in Slough?

This week I went to Slough’s ‘Youth Question Time’ event, to hear young people from across the Borough put their concerns to adults in positions of power. As the Blagrave Trust funds youth...
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12 steps you can take to prepare for GDPR

The ICO has published a very helpful overview of some key steps you can take to prepare for the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018. They include thinking about how you gain consent from individuals...
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GDPR is coming!

Data protection is something charities can’t ignore, especially with the new General Data Protection Guidelines coming into force in May 2018. I’ve been reviewing the potential impact of the...
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Challenges verifying young people’s identity?

Do you have challenges verifying young people’s identity? Or do the young people you work with have challenges proving their identity? This is a common issue being faced by organisations...
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Third sector jobs site – no upfront fees

Changemaker Jobs is a new jobs site that charges no up-front fees and only allows verified charities to post opportunities. They are attempting to shake up the ‘beyond profit’ jobs market by...
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A partnership of equals

In a fascinating blog ‘Putting People with Lived Experience in the Lead’, Darren Murinas, CEO of Expert Citizens sets out what he sees as the challenges and opportunities of participation...
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‘Bullies are victims too’

A young woman who made peace with her childhood tormentor wants people to realise that bullies often need help too. Supported by the charity Fixers and the Blagrave Trust, Amy Payne from Southampton...
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Drugs Spiral

A young woman from Aldershot whose life spiralled out of control after becoming addicted to drugs at 15 wants to warn people that substance abuse can often be a cry for help. Ellie, whose real name...
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‘My life with absence seizures’

Thanks to the support of the Blagrave Trust and the charity Fixers, a young woman who has a type of epilepsy which causes her to ‘zone out’ has produced a resource to educate people about the...
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Key lessons learned: the Feedback Fund 2016

We launched the feedback fund in June 2016 to support the youth sector to build their capacity to listen and respond to young people. Each funded organisation wrote a short blog by way of reporting,...
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Trends in measurement and evaluation

NPC has published research into new trends in charity measurement and evaluation practice. Key amongst them it is good to see user centric evaluation: asking users what they think about the service...
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The changing picture of poverty in the UK – why we need to act now

  The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published an insightful set of resources setting out the changing picture of poverty in the UK.     Their analysis covers the meaning of the term...
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National Lottery Awards for All funding – new criteria

The National Lottery Fund have launched new guidance and application materials for their small grant programme National Lottery Awards for All. The new materials have been made simpler and more...
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Exploring the Chairs role in Governance: free session for your Chair

Would your Chair of Trustees be interested in attending a free session with the Charity Commission exploring the Chair’s role in governance? The event is Tuesday 25 July 2017. 2:30 pm – 5:30...
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Volunteer Committee opportunity – BBC Children in Need

Grant funder BBC Children in Need are currently recruiting for Volunteer Committee Members. Committee Members advise the Trustees of BBC Children in Need on grant applications from organisations...
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Listening for Change – Two Sides of the Same Coin?

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Blagrave Trust commissioned an anonymous survey of social purpose organisations towards the end of 2016 to shed light on their experiences of working with...
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Youth Options has a fresh new look!

A Blagrave Trust partner charity, Youth Options in Romsey, is celebrating its 80th birthday this year. To mark the occasion they have unveiled a fresh new look to help take them forward to the next...
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Vacancy: Partnerships Manager

The position of Partnerships Manager is a new post to join our small team. We are looking for an engaged and energized individual who is excited by the opportunity to bring about real change in...
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Great new leadership programme open for applications

The King’s Fund, Comic Relief and Big Lottery Fund have opened applications for their ‘Cascading Leadership’ programme. This FREE programme matches experienced, high-performing...
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Opportunity for women interested in public life

If you are a woman looking to develop or further a career in politics or public life then this could be the scheme for you. Following the success of the first six years of the Fabian Women’s...
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Evaluation grants available

The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse has launched a fund to support organisations in the child sexual abuse sector evaluate their work. Front-line services tackling child sexual abuse and...
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Funding for young people interested in craft apprenticeships

The QEST Craft Apprenticeship Scheme  Created in 1990 as a response to the rapid decline in traditional crafts,  Blagrave Trust’s partner QEST’s aim is to support the best of British...
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Young people’s vision for a better country

Blagrave Trust partner, the British Youth Council, has launched ‘Our Vision, Our Parliament’, a manifesto which outlines young people’s vision for the next Parliament. The manifesto sets...
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Making Noise: children’s voices for positive change after sexual abuse

The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched Making Noise: Children’s voices for positive change after sexual abuse about children’s experiences of seeking help and support after...
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Young people’s voices needed for Government fostering stocktake

The Government is currently running a Fostering Stocktake. The charity for young people in and leaving care, Become, wants to make sure that young people share their views about foster care....
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Connect 1-2-1 opportunity to explore leadership coaching

Between 5th and 9th June, 2017, executive coaching organisation The Kairos Project is offering leaders from charities/ not for profit organisations the opportunity to have a free session to explore...
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New hospice for Wiltshire children

The Blagrave Trust is delighted to welcome Julia’s House Devizes, a new Wiltshire children’s hospice, which opened on Saturday, 6th May. The hospice was opened by actor Martin Clunes and its...
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How can we manage young people’s expectations without crushing their dreams?

This week I attended the youth sector’s annual conference Creative Collisions to hear from, and celebrate, the diversity of young people and the youth sector. Organised by a coalition of 9 leading...
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“Change is in our DNA” Julia Unwin launches Civil Society Futures

Julia Unwin has launched a major new two year review into the future of civil society. Civil Society Futures is an independent inquiry which has been supported by a group of forward thinking Trusts...
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New study reviews impact of peer mentoring

An interesting new literature review commissioned by the DfE has been published into the effectiveness of peer mentoring schemes to improve young people’s mental health. The study focused...
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The Blagrave Trust supports a Portsmouth teenager to have a voice

We have supported a young person from the Roberts Centre, a Blagrave funded charity, to create a booklet to break down barriers between children and their foster carers. Chloe Geer, 17, has built up...
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At What Cost? Estimating the unit cost of service delivery

Why estimate unit costs? One of the concepts considered in making funding decisions is whether a service provides ‘value for money’. But in order to identify this we need to know how much is...
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What exactly is ‘perceptual feedback’?

Academics, and those with a special interest in the area of youth participation and user feedback, tend to define new terms for what seem like simple concepts at an alarming rate. One such term is...
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From a funder-centric to user-centric social sector

In a powerful new blog, NPC’s Tris Lumley argues that the social sector is incentivised to be accountable to funders, not its users, and that this must change. He sees hope in three important...
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Listen and Learn

Charities and social purpose organisations working to systematically embed user voice into their planning and development cycle will want to take account of a new guide written by NPC. Explaining how...
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‘Nothing about us, without us’

This phrase from the disability rights movement captures perfectly the importance of user involvement: that consulting beneficiaries is, fundamentally, about empowerment and dignity—two things...
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Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects charities, donors and companies in nearly every country around the world. They offer their charities a chance to...
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CAF Resilience grants for smaller charities

If you run a smaller charity, you’ll have limited time to step back and think about how to secure your organisation’s future because you manage pressing operational and financial issues, day in,...
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Young people’s participation – child sexual exploitation services

The Blagrave Trust is proud to be one of the funders of a research project by the Alexi Project into the nature and extent of young people’s participation and feedback in child sexual...
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The Echo of Constituent Voice

In 2015, Alliance magazine ran a special edition on beneficiary feedback and user voice. The pieces contained in the edition raised some big questions as to why – if almost all foundations...
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Young People Count – new data resource

Partnership for Young London has published ‘Young People Count’, a a guide to the different data sources that are available on the problems that young people face in the United Kingdom....
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Growing up digital

A new report from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner calls for action by government to help keep children and young people safe online. With one third of internet users under the age of...
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Is leadership development a priority in the 3rd sector?

A new report from the Clore Foundation reveals that organisations in the third sector are three time less likely than companies to offer leadership development opportunities to their staff. Whilst...
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Commissioning in crisis?

A new report from the Lloyds Bank Foundation draws on research from its grantee charities to highlight poor commissioning practice and how it disadvantages small charities.
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Our commitments to the organisations we fund

At the Blagrave Trust we recognize that running and sustaining a high impact charity can be incredibly difficult and never more so than now.  We also recognize that for many charities the business...
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Alarming numbers of trafficked children going missing from care

Blagrave partner charity, ECPAT-UK, has published new research with Missing People into the extent of the issue of trafficked children going missing from care. Trafficked and unaccompanied...
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Childline reports online bullying counselling on increase

This is anti-bullying week, and new Childline figures published today show that the number of children and young people needing counselling about online bullying has increased by 88% over five years....
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Do you work with exceptional young people?

A television production company are on the look out for ‘Exceptional 16s’ – remarkable young people who are doing something, or living in a way that other teens simply don’t –...
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The Christmas Challenge 2016

In partnership with the Big Give, the Blagrave Trust has offered a new opportunity for charities we support to use our grant as match funding in this year’s Christmas Challenge, the...
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Tech resources available to support feedback

Most social development organisations believe it is important for people to have a meaningful voice in the programs that affect them. But how many listen effectively? And how many respond to what...
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Exploring Trust: reflections on the ACF conference, 3/11/16, London

What do you get when you gather together 350 grant makers to have a discussion about trust in the world of Trusts and Foundations? Jokes about chickens! This year’s annual conference of trusts and...
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Barnardo’s Hants & IoW gains gold!

Barnardo’s in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has been awarded the Hear by Right Participation Gold Award by the National Youth Agency. The award, which is available at bronze, silver and gold...
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Closing the feedback loop

The first ever Feedback Summit held on 1 November was a fascinating day spent with colleagues in the domestic and international non profit sector discussing the opportunities, challenges and...
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Feedback summit: 1 November 2016, London

The Blagrave Trust is one of a number of organisations involved in the first ever feedback summit, to be held in London on 1 November 2016. Our partners and stakeholders are invited to attend. The...
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Graduate of Blagrave funded charity makes racecourse debut!

Just four years on from his first ever contact with a racehorse at Greatwood Charity, James Paget’s remarkable story continues. After leading in a Cheltenham Festival winner in 2015, James has now...
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New HR management system for VSOs

Our funder friends at Zing – zing.org.uk – who support start-ups and organisations helping young people achieve their potential, have developed a new product. CiviHR is an integrated,...
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Blagrave partners give us their feedback!

During July and August, we invited our all our funding partners to provide us with some anonymous feedback regarding the Blagrave Trust’s work.  This was undertaken on our behalf by Keystone...
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Blagrave Feedback Fund: First Steps

The Blagrave Feedback Fund aims to support charities to embed youth feedback practice within their organisations. Research conducted by Keystone Accountability and the Blagrave Trust in 2015 into the...
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Measure and improve your impact practice

Two new versions of the Measuring Up impact assessment tool have been published by Inspiring Impact. As a result of feedback they have received from the sector, Inspiring Impact have developed...
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Bringing in Beneficiary Voice

This article in Trust and Foundation News, summarizes some of Blagrave’s work and plans in this area, alongside our funding partners. Trust and Foundation News Article
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The Alexi Project – Evaluating a new model of tackling child sexual...

For all those working in Child Sexual Exploitation, you may be interested in a new website that brings together all the resources relating to a new model for tackling child sexual exploitation across...
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New evidence that learning outdoors has strong impact on engagement and...

A new study from Natural England provides strong evidence that learning outdoors has multiple benefits for children and young people’s learning. The Natural Connections project, delivered by...
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What is effective youth mentoring and how do you measure it?

The Careers and Enteprise Company has launched a set of resources which will be of use to any of our partners supporting young people’s engagement with school. The Company is particularly...
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Blagrave launches new Feedback Fund

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Blagrave Trust Feedback Fund to support improved listening, learning from, and support to, young people. Small grants are available of between £1,000...
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Out of the Shadows

Staff blog by new Regional Grants Manager, Tessa Hibbert. Recently I came across the concept of the charity world’s ‘shadow economy’ in an interesting article in the US Journal The Chronicle of...
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Opportunity for charities to get an understanding of leadership coaching and...

Connect 101 – Connecting charities and coaches worldwide –  The Project Between 6th and 10th June, we are initiating 101 conversations worldwide between charities and leadership coaches....
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Blagrave partner Extratime uses funding to listen and respond to its key...

EXTRA TIME – STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION In the summer of 2015, children’s disability charity Extratime carried out a comprehensive stakeholder consultation with parent carers, professional...
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Blagrave is looking for a new Trustee

The Blagrave Trust is looking for a new Trustee to join the existing team of four.  This is a really exciting time in Blagrave’s history and we are looking for someone dynamic with experience...
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New Regional Grants Manager

We are happy to announce that Tessa Hibbert will be starting work for the Blagrave Trust next week.  Tessa will lead on monitoring and evaluation for Blagrave and local partnerships, though given...
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Funder Collaboration – is it worth it?

The Blagrave Trust is one of 12 funders that have been working together to support victims of child sexual exploitation.   The attached short document outlines some of the pro’s and...
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The Performance Imperative

I highly recommend that anyone interested in impact take a look at the work of Leap of Reason and the 7 elements of performance they have developed – the performance imperative....
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Where do the incentives for listening to service users come from?

The announcement of an anti-advocacy clause being added into government grant agreements with charities is in danger of de-valuing the vital importance of listening to those on the front-line of...
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NCVO summary – The Road Ahead

This report summarizes some of the key challenges for 2016 for the charity sector. NCVO-the-road-ahead-report-2016-summary
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NPC research on qualitative research

For those partners engaged in user voice and feedback from young people, interesting that New Philanthropy Capital are highlighting qualitative research in this relevant report published this week!...
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Outdoor learning study

The Blagrave Trust funded some research attached here, into the outdoor learning sector, which has just been completed.   This is an area where we receive many funding applications and support a...
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The Blagrave Trust is recruiting!

We are pleased to announce that we are looking for a Regional Grants Officer to be based in Hants, Wilts or Berks.  If you are an enthusiastic individual with a passionate commitment to making a...
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Listening to young people

Gathering feedback and listening to young people – challenges and approaches. A study commissioned by the Blagrave Trust. September 2015 The Blagrave Trust and Keystone Accountability are...
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Listening and learning from young people

We are currently excited to be working with a selection of the charities we fund and Keystone Accountability to look at current constituent feedback practices, looking at the different experiences...
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BLAGRAVE GRANT TO SPLITZ IN WILTS

Please see press release below for news of an exciting new grant! www.splitz.org/news/93-news/406-teenztalk-takes-off-with-135-000-of-funding
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Exciting new study on outdoor learning!

The Blagrave Trust is funding a study of outdoor education. Here is a blog on the study written by Giving Evidence, who along with UCL will be conducting the research. Systematic review of evidence...
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Principles of good funding?

There is a huge volume of commentary on what makes a ‘good’ charity and how as a funder you should go about assessing and finding the best ones. But as the Director of a Trust that funds...
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Hard Edges, Report by Lankelly Chase on Multiple Deprivation

For all charities we work with supporting young people whether they be homeless, young offenders, victims of domestic violence and with mental health issues, I recommend a read of this report just...
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Blagrave and Comic Relief fund vital support for exploited children

MORE THAN 100 exploited children will be helped by specialist Barnardo’s project workers thanks to The Blagrave Trust and Comic Relief. The organisations will generously match-fund two additional...
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Blagrave attends launch of the new Inspiring Impact tool – Measuring Up

Charities that Blagrave funds may be interested in a new tool just launched called ‘Measuring Up’. It’s a straightforward, step-by-step self-assessment tool that allows you to...
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Blagrave joins the Child Sexual Exploitation Funders Alliance

What are we doing? The Blagrave Trust has been part of the Child Sexual Exploitation Funders’ Alliance (CSEFA) since November 2013. CSEFA is a group of charitable funders who are aligning resources...
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New Trustee for Blagrave!

The Blagrave Trust is delighted to announce we have a new Trustee!  Diana Leat Phd, who joined us in March, is well known in the world of Trusts and Foundations having worked with many of them...
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We produce learning to improve our practice and increase our accountability to our partners and the young people we serve. We are open and transparent with this learning hoping it can support and influence the wider sector.

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We fund research when we there is a gap in our knowledge or if we believe it would benefit our partners, the wider sector and/or the young people we are here to serve in relation to our mission.

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