Hannah Wright, CW18 trainee at GuidedogsUK raised money for Crisis by keeping to a strict Dry and Vegan January. She excelled her target by 25% and shares with us the ups and downs of being sober.
As we come to the end of January, Catherine Ball, a trainee at Grand Union Housing Group shares her reflections on life as a vegan in 31 bite-sized tips.
Katrina and Sophie, trainees at Green Square Group, have shared their impression of the third Charityworks conference on the Power of Community Networks Conference.
Rhona is on the programme placed at the Royal College of Physicians. She works as a trainee policy advisor and has shared with us a quick introduction to policy.
Lauren shines a light on active ways young people are getting involved this Human Rights Day.
Read Izzy's blog on her campaigning over last 16 days that also constitute the UNs campaign to end all gender-based violence.
Human Rights Day marks the end of the UNs #16days campaign to end gender-based violence. Erin writes for us on Chai Day, an initiative she's been involved with and has now introduced to her placement host.
Edie gives us her perspective on the intersectionality of human rights and climate change in light of the recent UN report.
Luke works at Christian Aid and this Human Rights Day, shares his impressions of working for an organisation with the same cause at it's heart.
Yesterday was the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which begins their annual 16-day campaign to end gender-based violence. Tessa, Charityworks trainee at Mind and key Impact Storyteller gives the current state of play surrounding this pressing and international issue.
Unicef's CW18 trainee, Emmet shares an overview of World Children's Day and this years' focus on defending children from toxic air.
Luke, Charityworks trainee, on the contentious issue of International Men's Day, challenging mental health stigma and positive male role models.
Charityworks trainee Lea gives a perspective on the benefits of being kind this World Kindness Day.
Tessa Boyd, current Charityworks trainee at Mind, gives a mindful perspective on doing good and feeling good this World Kindness Day.
As part of World Mental Health Day, we're featuring our trainees at Mind. Sophie's blog is on language and talking about mental health.
As part of World Mental Health Day, we're featuring our trainees at Mind. Read about the experience of working for Mind and what they do to support mental health.
As part of World Mental Health Day, we're featuring our trainees at Mind. Tessa's blog is on the global mental health crisis.
Current Charityworks Trainee, Sara Brandao, is an External Affairs Graduate at Marie Stopes International. In this blog post Sara discusses the importance of giving adolescents reproductive choices and the solutions explored by Marie Stopes International to bring youth friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights services to communities.
Iona Casley is a Charityworks Trainee placed at Mind as a Policy and Network Relations Trainee. In this blog, Iona tells us about the history of the research into unconscious bias, how it impacts society, and how it can be mitigated.
Charityworks trainees Annie Gainsborough, Clare Saltiel, Eleanor Covell, Hannah Kunzlik, Holly Smith, Kirsten Greenaway and Polly O'Callaghan are researching sexism and sexual harassment in the UK third sector. In this blog they share some preliminary results and let you know how you can help.
Ethny Childs is a Charityworks Trainee placed at The Dunhill Medical Trust. In this blog, Ethny tells us about the importance of good impact practice in the third sector and what we can do to achieve this.
Annie is a Charityworks Trainee placed at John Taylor Hospice in Birmingham. In this blog, written on World's AIDS Day back in December, Annie tells us about why the day is so important and what she got up to on it, but also let's us in on some of her thoughts about what more needs to be done!
Stuart is a Development Trainee at GreenSquare Group on the Charityworks 2017 programme. Read what he got up to on Human Rights day with Bristol Refugee Rights.
Megan Andrews is a Charityworks 2017 trainee, working at Princess Alice Hospice as Executive Assistant. We asked Megan to tell us about her day at the second Charityworks Learning Session, which focuses on Social Innovation.
Celia Wandio is a Charityworks Fellow from the 2016-17 programme, working as a Customer Champion with Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA). In this article, Celia describes her entry into the social housing sector and reflects on the need for better service user engagement and customer feedback particularly in a time of funding cuts and serious social housing shortages.
Charityworks is overseen by a Board of Trustees and we're looking for new people to join us.
Kathryn shares her experiences working in the Small Charities Coalition for her Charityworks placement and what she has learnt about the role of small charities in shaping social change.
Keji gives her insight into the social sector and the professional skills and opportunities it offers to anyone.
Last time we spoke to Sahil, a Charityworks alumnus, he was working in an operational managerial role at City and Hackney Mind. We've caught up with Sahil for an update on what he has been doing recently and to see how professional skills and opportunities have helped him progress in the social sector.
Lucy describes her experience visiting a hospice and dispells some common myths.
Charityworks graduate, Donya, joined our 2016 intake. In her role as a support worker in an organisation providing personalised support and housing to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs, she describes her experiences with bureaucracy and connecting with others.
Charityworks graduate, Ali, joined our 2016 intake. In his role as Executive Assistant to the CEO of the LGBT Foundation he describes his first moments.
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is relationships. Here we look at line managers and their employees as an anonymous graduate working in fundraising for a health charity describes what it felt like to disclose a mental health condition to their line manager, and the concerns they had regarding the effect that might have on their working relationship.
Charityworks graduate, Donya, joined our 2016 intake. In her role as a support worker in an organisation providing personalised support and housing to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs, she describes her first week in a reflective diary.
In the second in the series of posts reviewing the 2015 Charityworks scheme you can read about the exciting learning and development opportunities on offer. Here, some of the recent graduates talk about what the scheme taught them!
The 2015 Charityworks graduate scheme is coming to an end and we are preparing to welcome a new intake! As we bid a fond farewell to the current trainees, it seems a good time to reflect on their experiences and what they'll take with them from the scheme. Here, some of them talk about their highlights from the past year.
Chris Keen manages the board of trustees at Aston-Mansfield, an organisation helping to transform some of the countries most deprived communities, and talks here to Charityworks trainee Kitty Mounstephen about the role of a trustee and his observation of young talent entering the non-profit sector.
Amelia Norton is a current Charityworks trainee working for Futures Housing Group as a Business Development Graduate. Amelia highlights her expectations entering the sector from a volunteering background and compares this to the reality of her corporate role in housing.
Michelle Nyberg, before joining the Charityworks programme volunteered for Amnesty International UK’s media team. Here she interviews Niall Couper, the Head of Media, PR & Supporter Care at Amnesty International UK about his route into third sector media, his daily role, and the challenges in charity PR given the controversy around unethical fundraising practices.
Izzy Roberts, a current trainee and current Marketing & Brand Assistant at Brandon Trust conducted her impact research on the topic of Thought Leadership and explains the value and best practice of organisational thought leadership in the third sector.
What motivates someone to work in the third sector? Find out from Daniel, one of our current Charityworks trainees, working for the disability charity Enham Trust. Daniel talks about his role, his growing networks, and what really motivates him in his work.
Becka Moorhouse is a Business Development Assistant at SHP (Single Homeless Project) and is a current Charityworks trainee. Here she speaks to fellow trainee Alice Bryant from The Children’s Trust about her role supporting the Head of Business Development, her favourite aspects of the Charityworks programme and the biggest challenges she’s faced to date.
Trainee and Communications & Project Officer at Developing Health & Independence (DHI), Roisin Moyle, talks to her Charityworks mentor Gauri Goyal about getting into campaigning from organising at community level to lobbying for policy changes. Gauri is an experienced on-the-ground organiser who has worked with many grassroots campaigning organisations in the US before her recent move to the UK.
Meet David Pond, the Individual Giving and Donor Care Manager at Keech Hospice Care, who discusses the purpose and practicalities of fundraising, with Charityworks trainee and colleague, Morven Lean.
This week (13th – 19th June) is Men’s Health Week, and the theme is about stress. Daniel Cunningham, Quality & Assurance Graduate at Enham Trust, and current trainee talks openly about his experience of stress and what he has found most helpful in coping with it.
Alice Negrini is a Project Manager at Gateway Housing Association. More than half way through the Charityworks 2015 programme, she reflects on the experiences she’s gained and how this has impacted on her personal development.
Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year, contributing around £23.9bn to the UK economy. This week is Volunteers' Week (1 - 12 June), and one of our trainees, Jenny Lake, speaks to fellow volunteer and Food Surplus Coordinator at the food redistribution charity FoodCycle, Kirsty Haines about her experiences.
As many of you will know, our very dear colleague (and the original Charityworks Programme Manager) Amy Pettipher has decided to finally leave us to fend for ourselves after 6 years at Vanilla/Charityworks. Here, our Programme Director Ned says thanks and wishes her luck.
Suzanne Birkett, Business Analyst at Origin Housing and current Charityworks trainee considers the perceived disconnect between back office roles and those on the front line in the third sector. She explores the expectations millennial talent has of making social change through their work, and identifies solutions for employee engagement.
Current trainee and Student Voice Coordinator at Liverpool Students' Union, Demi McIntosh, experiences so much variety in her job. The Law graduate talks here about her experience of impact research on Charityworks, her most positive moments working in the sector so far, and the benefits of playing with puppies on a Monday morning!
On Charityworks, each trainee completes two independent research assignments. Michelle Nyberg reflects on her first 6 months as a trainee on the programme, revealing what motivates her in her day-to-day role, her passion for campaigning and activism and what the value of conducting research for her personal development.
The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 is relationships. Today an anonymous graduate working for a housing association speaks openly about what prevents them from disclosing their condition at work and how important relationships with their colleagues are for their mental wellbeing.
Rhona Willder is a current Charityworks trainee and Business Systems & Information Administrator at NSPCC. She talks openly about her own mental health, her mixed experiences of support in the workplace, and how, particularly in the non-profit sector, this support for staff with mental health conditions impacts on service to beneficiaries.
Suzanne Birkett is a current Charityworks trainee and Assistant Business Analyst at Origin Housing. More than half way through her placement Suzanne talks about the day-to-day responsibilities of her job, the challenge of being new to IT, and the skills she's developed as a result of conducting her impact research.
Kieran Aldred looks at the importance of open dialogue and transparency for effective sexual and mental health campaigning.
Florence Hart is a performance analyst at RNLI. She talks here about what her job is like, the skills she has developed and reflects openly about some of the challenges she has faced in her role to date.
The government announced last Wednesday (27 Apr) that it was pausing the introduction of new regulations due to come into effect on 1 May preventing charities from spending government grant money on lobbying. Current Charityworks trainee and Support & Community Investment Fundraiser Daniel Walsh reflects on what this controversial policy may mean for the third sector.
Charityworks trainee and Assistant Business Analyst at Origin Housing, Suzanne Birkett, speaks to the CEO at her placement organisation, Karen Wilson. Karen talks about her career journey to becoming Chief Executive at a large housing association, barriers she had to face and gives advice for those starting out fresh in the social housing sector.
Jenny Lake, a current Charityworks trainee working at Acorns Children’s Hospice talks about what those closest to her feel about her working in the third sector, what motivates her, and her reflections on the importance of the 5Cs in leadership.
A visual record of some of the Charityworks 2015 trainees explaining why they're in the non-profit sector.
Lucy Olliff and Maddy Race, two current Charityworks trainees tell us about the career journey and motivations of their colleague Kathleen Caper, head of policy and advocacy at Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care, which champions the voice of hospice care on a national level and supports over 200 member hospices and their staff across the country.
Six months into her placement at Enham Trust, Shona Buchanan talks about her job, and the value of the peer coaching and network building opportunities that she has experienced on the Charityworks programme so far.
Jacqui Roynon, Director of People and Communications at Hft, a national learning disabilities charity speaks to Molly Sutcliffe, a Charityworks trainee working across her department. Jacqui talks about being a woman in the charity sector, whether a collaborative approach is a feminine one and on the influence of embedded organisational and sector-wide cultures on gender.
Izzy Roberts, a Marketing and Brand Assistant at Brandon Trust tells us about the social impact she is making in her role, how Charityworks has helped her personal development and the opportunities she has had to highlight gender parity for International Women's Day.
Kitty Mounstephen, Volunteering Development Officer at Aston-Mansfield, and Charityworks trainee interviews Ruth Mounstephen, Chief Administrative Officer at the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. Ruth has worked in the health service, local government, and national and international charities and gives her thoughts on the role of women in the third sector.
Craig Pemblington talks to Farheen Mohammed, Charityworks alumna and Deputy Manager at The Sycamore Project. Farheen talks about her career motivations, her cultural background and her perspectives on working in the non-profit sector as a British Muslim.
Femi Biyibi is a Charityworks alumnus and Policy Officer at the UK Faculty of Public Health. He talks about his role as a leader in public health policy, his experience of the Charityworks programme and gives informed insight into the engagement of black and minority ethnic groups in the sector.
Charityworks trainee and Marketing & Comms coordinator at Avenues Group, Alice Bowen, talks to Gabby Abbott about her motivations for joining the third-sector working to build the skills of young people at the National Citizen Service.
Craig Pemblington interviews colleague Katrina Hau, a Charityworks Programme Manager. Born in East London, but from a Chinese background, Kat talks about her upbringing, her transition from the private sector and Charityworks as an entry point in to the non-profit sector.
Kruti Shah is a current Charityworks trainee and Fundraising Assistant at MyBnk. Indian-born and British, Kruti talks about what it is like to be on the Charityworks programme, cultural aspects to her motivations and gives advice to prospective applicants.
Sahil Patel is a Charityworks alumnus working in an operational managerial role at City and Hackney Mind. Sahil talks about his time on the programme, how it supported him in is career, and what it means to be an ethnic minority in front line mental health community services.
Morven Lean, a Charityworks 2015 trainee working as a Clinical Systems Support Analyst at Keech Hospice Care, discusses the role of the 5Cs in leadership, with contributions from CEO Liz Searle.
Busayo Abidakun, the Recruitment & Campaigns Manager for Charityworks talks about his motivations and professional life in the third sector, family pressures and being a black British leader working for a major charity.
Speaking to Adrienne Sanders, a Charityworks trainee working as an Organisation Development Assistant at Mind, colleague Hassan Wanini gives a fascinating employee insight into his background and motivations for working at the mental health charity.
Innovation requires open, effective communication in a supportive and challenging environment in order to deliver meaningful change. Charityworks graduates explore how organisations can embed principles which enable this to happen.
Speaking to 2015 Charityworks graduate trainee Jennifer Lake, Lou Arnold, the Director of Income Generation at Acorns Children's Hospice discusses her thoughts on innovation in practice at the charity.
Claire Proctor, Charityworks Graduate 2013-14 and Service Improvement at Marie Curie Cancer Care explores how introverts have plenty to offer the sector.
Meike Beckford, Charityworks Graduate 2012-13 and now Financial Advocate at Dosh Ltd discussing the need for more collaborative approaches in the sector, and the value of sharing.
Here, Jamie Lawson, a Charityworks 2015 trainee currently working as an Asset Management Analyst at Acclaim Housing Group, gains insight from fellow trainees in the Northern Cohort about their views on leadership.
Madeleine Haughton-Boakes is a current Charityworks trainee and regional fundraiser for London and the South East at Action on Hearing Loss. Here she interviews David Steadman, the Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing at her placement organisation who describes his career path, motivations and ambitions.
Here George Edwards, Charityworks Trainee 2013-14 at the Richmond Fellowship explores the idea of collaboration in charities.
As part of the Charityworks programme all trainees undertake research and assignments, a number of which helped inform this piece written by Francesca Baker.
Michelle Mitchell, the chief executive officer of the Multiple Sclerosis Society talks to Ruby Bayley-Pratt, a Charityworks trainee currently working at the charity as a Programme Officer, about her leadership style and journey.
Tommy Snipe, Charityworks 2015 trainee and Business Development Researcher at Enham Trust interviews Peta Wilkinson, the Chief Executive Officer at his placement organisation about what being a leader really means, the challenges it brings and receives some great advice for aspiring social leaders
In a piece exploring management - of oneself and other's - Jenny Lake interviews Daisy Bland, Programme Manager at Charityworks.
Rikke Hansen moved to London in 2014 to begin the Charityworks graduate programme and begin her placement at Mind, the mental health charity. Today Rikke continues to work for Mind, focusing on Volunteer Development and acting as a mentor to current Charityworks trainees.
Carole Mallett is a volunteer with the Helper service at Marie Curie. Helper volunteers provide companionship and support to people living with terminal illnesses – this can range from having a chat over a cup of tea to helping people carry out practical tasks. Here she speaks about the role and her experience of frontline volunteering with Stephanie Scott, Volunteer Development Officer at Marie Curie.
Alice Bowen is a trainee on the 2015 Charityworks programme, placed at the Avenues Group. She spoke to colleague and former trainee Hannah Akitt about her experience in 2014-15.
Roman Zethoven is a trainee on the 2015 Charityworks programme. Here he speaks to James Carroll about his role as Employment, Training and Education Coordinator at Camden Aftercare, a service run by SHP, a London charity in working to prevent homelessness and promote social inclusion.
Why do young people volunteer? Is it altruism, or does the graduate job market demand it? Ross Young explores how organisations can make volunteering a mutually beneficial relationship.
It can be greatly beneficial for charities’ efficiency and productivity if they operate like businesses, despite general public perception of what the sector should look like. My recent experience in the sector has taught me that charities do have differences separating them from the private sector, but by embracing their similarities to businesses whilst continuing to act according to their values, they can achieve the best consequences for the causes they are working for.
"Until fairly recently, I was the sort of person to baulk at the word ‘commercial’, believing that the drive to increase profit was essentially incompatible with positive social change. It turns out that this was a naïve point of view." CW15's Megan McPerson looks at commercialism and social change in the context of housing.
We recently asked everyone who has participated in the Charityworks programme since its launch in 2009 to let us know where they are and what they are up to, their experience of Charityworks and its impact upon their careers, and what the alumni network can offer to help support their work in the non profit sector. The results are here, and the information has informed our alumni strategy for the next year.
The 2015/16 Charityworks graduate cohort from the north of England are two months into their placements. Here they share their collective thoughts about the sector they have chosen to enter.
Recruitment on Linked In and Twitter is the new normal, and non-profits that engage effectively on social media have more success recruiting staff.
Charities need to embrace digital now or they will suffer in the future. George Horgan, who is on the Charityworks graduate scheme, explains how they can do so.
The recent acrimony over charity chief executive salaries has once again thrown up questions around the very nature of the sector. In the rush to defend the many excellent organisations under fire, we need to be more radical in setting the terms of the debate, but also scrutinise our practices more intensely. This article discusses the charity pay debate and asks if we want a competitive or a transformative sector?
The question of why people give is much-debated amongst those with an interest in charity funding – is it intrinsic altruism, a connection to a cause, a sense of duty? As charities struggle financially, understanding and tapping into people’s reasons for giving, particularly of those who can most afford to do so, can ensure continuity of service to those beneficiaries most in need.