Whilst fashion week has traditionally been a showcasing of the fashion industry’s biggest and brightest designers, Fashion Revolution Week is a movement calling for greater scrutiny towards our current culture of fashion consumerism. Jessica Travers, Graduate Trainee at Tower Hamlet Homes, helps us take a closer look.
Anna Wooding and Alice Varley are currently on the Charityworks 2020 graduate programme. Anna works for Christian Aid in campaigns & youth activism and Alice works as a housing officer for VIVID Housing.
Lizzie is currently working as a Graduate Trainee for Tower Hamlets Homes in the Asset Management Directorate. Lizzie is always eager to learn about the injustices and inequalities experienced by some and enjoyed researching into and understanding this year's theme, 'A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy.'
Melissa Saryazdi is a Social Media Officer Graduate Trainee at Transform Housing & Support. She is taking part in Dry January for the first time and has chosen to share her experience in this article.
Anna Scott and Emily House are current Charityworks trainees at Dot Dot Dot Property and GreenSquare Group respectively. They have written a blog highlighting International Migrants Day, the theme of which is Social Cohesion.
Advance's Head of ICT & Business Systems talks about his role, his relationship with the Charityworks programme and their experience of hiring graduates through the scheme.
Rachel Eatough, Customer Experience Graduate at Stonewater has taken the time to write about World Autism Awareness Week in order to combat the lack of autism awareness in the UK.
Earlier this month, the world celebrated International Women's Day and in honour of this event, current graduate trainee Aqsa Suleman has written about her interactions with women that she has met whilst working in the charity sector.
Rachel Green is a Projects Coordinator at Spark! and is a current Charityworks trainee. Here she speaks about National Careers Week which runs from 2nd-7th March this year and how her placement organisation works to help prepare people for working life and enhance their employability.
Philippa Norman is a Charityworks Trainee placed at Findacure as a Projects Officer. In this blog, Philippa tells us about Rare Disease Day which is dedicated to raising awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.
Current Charityworks Trainee, Ellie Howlings, is a Supporter Engagement Officer at WESC. In this blog post, Ellie reflects on the interview that she conducted with a WESC beneficiary in honour of LGBT History Month.
Phoebe Hanson-Lowe writes about International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM/C, an awareness day that takes place on February 6 as part of the UN's efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation.
As we come to the end of January, CW19 trainee Phoebe Hanson-Lowe, shares her reflections on life as a vegan after taking part in the annual Veganuary campaign.
Current Charityworks Trainee, Giorgia Bracelli, is an Regional Fundraising Executive at Barnardo’s . In this blog post, Giorgia discusses the importance of creating awareness of the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Young Carers in the UK.
CW18 trainee Rose Neild interviews Laura Coupe about her low waste lifestyle.
Luke Evason-Browning writes about the negative environmental, economic and social effects of litter, which has inspired his cohort to carry out their own litter pick.
Can green internet trends really make a difference? CW18 trainee Laura Patton explores the successes and limitations of the #Trashtag challenge and #FillTheBottle in this blog post.
Edie Marriner current Chartiyworks trainee shares a portrait of the essential cause of going plastic free.
In this piece as part of a series on Refugee Week, CW18 trainee Hannah Ryan busts common media myths about refugees.
As part of Refugee Week 2019, CW18 trainee Lauren Lovejoy has put together a list of some of the best opportunities to get involved with campaigns and organisations working with, and for, asylum seekers and refugees.
A day in the life of CW18 trainee Tessa Boyd, who works in the Media team at mental health charity Mind.
Hannah Wright, CW18 trainee at Guide Dogs, discusses the food poverty crisis in the UK and shares her experience of volunteering in a food bank.
CW18 trainee Catherine Ball recounts her 15,000 step a day challenge for Cancer Research’s Walk All Over Cancer campaign.
Edie Marriner writes on the intersection of environmental challenges and gender equality for Global Menstrual Hygiene Day.
Guide Dogs trainee, Hannah, shares a call to action to combat refusal, discrimination, and harassment for Disabled Access Day.
Nafisa and Edie write two brilliant pieces to mark the end of LGBTQ+ history month.
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.