November 28, 2022

The Dulverton Trust is pleased to be participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge again this year. We are very excited to be partnering with the following charities as a champion: Carefree, upReach, Shannon Trust and Family Rights Group.

We are also very pleased to be supporting One Small Thing’s Christmas Challenge campaign with a pledge.  

Starting tomorrow at 12pm and running for one week, any donation made to our charity partners via the platform during the challenge will be matched by us. To donate or see how they’re getting on please click here!

The Christmas Challenge starts at 12pm on Tuesday 29th November and runs for one week, closing at 12pm on Tuesday 6th December.

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The Dulverton Trust #iwill Fund: our learning from incorporating youth voice into decision making

November 22, 2022

In 2021 we were delighted to become an #iwill Fund Match Funder, awarding £611k in grants to youth social action projects across England over 18 months. The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to a £66 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.

To support our delivery of the Fund, we were very excited to recruit a panel made up of four young people and two of our Trustees. The panel’s job was to review applications and award grants, subject to the Board’s approval. We learned a lot from the process and wanted to share our top tips:

Recruitment of a panel is more resource intensive than you might think.

First, we had to recruit our young panel members. In our day-to-day work, we don’t have direct contact with young people, so we decided to go through our networks: charities we’ve worked with and our Board. The first lesson – which we learned quickly! – was that recruitment took longer and required more resource than we had planned. Without having relationships with young people in place, making time to form a connection with those who were interested was key.

Being clear on responsibilities and commitment is essential.

We wanted to make the best use of our panel members’ time. To this end, we aimed to be clear from the outset about the time commitment, responsibilities and what they could expect from us, as well as identifying where we were wanted to leave space in the process for flexibility. Understanding that young people tend to have less control over their timetables (particularly if they are in education) was important, we had to work flexibly and to their availability.  

Consider engaging a facilitator.

We were conscious that this would be the young panel members’ first experience of grant making: they might feel intimidated, uncertain about how to use their voice or frustrated if they didn’t feel listened to. We were very lucky to engage an excellent facilitator for our panel meetings who did a wonderful job of bringing everyone in. This, and checking in between meetings, proved to be effective in building each panel members’ confidence and creating a space for respectful and challenging discussion.

Recognise shortcomings and commit to doing more.

At the same time, we are wary of over-claiming the role of youth voice in the Fund. Staff and Trustees decided on the focus, recruited the panel and decision-making ultimately remained with Trustees. We know there is potential to shift more power; if we were to design a similar process again, we could use peer-to-peer recruitment or put young people in charge of identifying programme themes.

However, even with these caveats, this has been a meaningful step towards youth leadership at the Dulverton Trust. We’ve been challenged (in a good way!) by our panel members and the process has helped us to reflect on our grant making practice more widely, particularly around creating an environment where everyone feels able to speak up. It’s been a privilege to see the group grow and work together so effectively.


Crisis Funding List

September 13, 2022

For an up to date list of crisis funding available, please check the online Crisis Funding List which has been updated and includes the latest new crisis funders and links to other organisations providing sources of funding support and help.

The Dulverton Trust is accepting appeals in line with our usual guidelines that seek to support issues arising from the cost of living.

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