Posted on 05 November 2021
At Hyde we're very proud of our fundraising work. Lucy Norgate, Business Development and Fundraising Manager, gives an update on our fundraising for 2021 so far:
Last year, we secured a huge £1.04 million in funding for Hyde Foundation, the Hyde Charitable Trust and our partners delivering in our communities.
There was a lot of additional funding available last year – the impacts of the pandemic meant that charities and funders stepped up to help as many people as they could. We did the same at Hyde Charitable Trust and increased our grants significantly, giving away almost £1 million in grants to customers and our communities, our biggest ever grant giving programme.
This year we didn’t know if there would be as much funding available. But, we still set ourselves an ambitious target - £580,000, up from £350,000 last year.
We’re just over half-way through this financial year and we’ve already secured more than £500,000, so we’re well on our way to smashing this year’s target.
Highlights from this year include:
We received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Catalyst digital charity, and CAST (Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology) to develop our free online Universal Credit tool. Along with customers and frontline staff, we designed the tool to help and support customers who are applying for Universal Credit for the first time. We launched this new tool in October. The funding was part of a ‘Covid-19 Digital Response Development programme’.
Kickstart is a national government scheme, creating thousands of six-month job placements for young people. We have partnered with other housing associations to create hundreds of placements in the sector. We currently have nine young people working at Hyde in roles across housing, finance, customer service and Hyde Foundation. By the end of the programme, we will have created 29 placements for young people to help kickstart their careers.
We partnered with We Are Digital and supported them to secure funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to support residents whose jobs have been affected by Covid-19. The funding is to help people get back into work, by providing them with IT equipment and helping them gain the right digital skills they need to find work.
Back in April, our community partner ‘Be Enriched’ launched the Community Food Bus in Kennington and Stockwell. We have supported Be Enriched to secure funding and resources to help them deliver affordable, fresh food to our communities in Lambeth.
We’ve also been working with an organisation called Money Tree Fundraising. We’re in the final phase of completing their ‘Kickstarter programme’ to further develop our fundraising strategy. This will mean that we can raise even more funding, so we can do even more to support our customers and communities. Watch this space for some exciting news coming soon.’
If you’re interested in any of the activities or organisations mentioned above, follow the links or email us for more information.