Sarah Gilmour

Our 2020 Roundup

The Foundation started the year with a clear plan to further develop relationships with our charity partners and offer opportunities for Hyman Robertson LLP’s volunteers and fundraisers, to continue to deliver support to young people and our communities. The full extent of the global pandemic took hold, our plans adapted and funds were redirected. Despite everything 2020 threw at us, there have been some memorable and positive achievements we want to recap on.

The Hardship Fund

The Fund was launched in April, with extra funding released to help charities across the UK to meet the immediate and urgent needs of the most vulnerable in our communities. By the time funding closed, just over £45,000 had been donated to more than 30 charities, helping to provide urgent food and care packages, vital PPE, counselling and support, educational and digital tools.

Moving online

With face to face support either limited or prohibited, we worked with our Foundation partners to move our financial education support – delivered by our partner MyBnk – to an online delivery model, rolled out directly to young people who could engage remotely via our other partners. This change meant we’ve been able to help over 500 young people since the start of the pandemic.

The Foundation Bursary Fund for Young People

In October we launched the Bursary, aimed at retaining 16-25 year olds in education, training or employment. With young people disproportionately impacted by the UK recession and ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, our charity partners advised us of the urgent need for greater intervention in supporting young people in a positive destination.  The Fund has been rolled out nationwide via our existing charity partners and will operate for at least 18 months until April 2022.  In the first 3 months, the Bursary has supported over 50 young people in Glasgow, the Scottish Borders and North England. Here’s the impact of the Bursary for some young beneficiaries:

“the funding gave me the chance to settle in at work without worry about how I was going to get there for the first couple of months”

“the Bursary has allowed me to progress to the Employability Fund Stage 2 course”

“I have just progressed to further training and I’ll be able to do my course work independently at home with my laptop”.

More work is planned to expand the bursary to Birmingham/Midlands and London area in 2021.

Looking ahead

2020 has shown us that we work best when we listen and respond to the needs of community based charities and young people. We want to thank all our partners who continue to work in hard hit communities and with young people who now, more than ever need practical and expert advice to secure a positive future.

Thank you for reading this Roundup.

Marcella Boyle

CEO, February 2021

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Scottish Tech Army Podcast

Our CEO, Marcella Boyle, recently joined a podcast with Alistair Forbes and Rebecca Still from the Scottish Tech Army (STA), to discuss the opportunities and impact of digital, tech and social media resources and support available to charities through the pandemic.  

The STA has over 1000 volunteers supporting the third and public sectors.   If you think your charity could benefit from additional and expert support, why not get in touch with the STA in Scotland or Covid Tech Support for UK, Northern Ireland projects.

The podcast was hosted by Hymans Robertson LLP and is part of their ‘Fintech Feed’ technology focused podcast series. You can listen to this podcast online via the link below:

To listen to other episodes of the Fintech Feed click here.

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Charities in challenging times, ICAS webinar 11 November 2020

On Wednesday 11 November, our CEO, Marcella Boyle, is joining an expert panel hosted by ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland) Glasgow & West Area Network, to discuss how challenging times have affected charities and the third sector – in particular the impact of Covid-19 on raising funds and delivering services, and the importance of good governance.

For more information please refer to the ICAS website.

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Join our Team

UPDATE January 2021: This opportunity has now closed. We look forward to announcing our new appointments soon.

The Hymans Robertson Foundation is looking for two new Independent Trustees to join our Board. This an exciting period for the Foundation as we build on a busy, successful year and adapt to the ongoing impact of Covid19 in our communities.

We are looking for people who share our passion and have the time to commit to helping us achieve our ambitions. You don’t need to have any previous experience of being on a Board – this is a fantastic opportunity to not only share your knowledge and skills, but also to learn from your fellow Trustees. All new Board members will receive an induction into the Foundation, and we can pair you up with an existing Trustee to help support you through your first few Board meetings.

We want people who can bring different views, voices and experience to our Board. We’d love to hear from people from across the UK, with a wide range of skills. We particularly encourage younger candidates, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and people with lived experience or knowledge of young people policy in the UK.

Our ambition is to make a difference to the lives of people and communities facing disadvantage across the UK. Our Trustees play a valuable role in helping us work towards this. As a Trustee, you will have the opportunity to help shape our future, inspire change and make a real difference.

Closing date for applications is 1.00pm, Monday 30th November.  Please refer to the full Trustee advert and Trustee Information Pack for help with your application.

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Launching our Bursary for Young People

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Bursary Fund for 16-25 year olds. Funding will be prioritised to support young people into jobs, volunteering, further education and may also be used to financially support young people at the senior end of school.

The Bursary will be delivered via our existing charity network and applications managed by the Prince’s Trust, Barnardo’s, Works + (Scottish Borders) and FARE (Greater Glasgow). Bursary applications will open on 12th October and the fund will operate for at least 18 months until April 2022.

Launching the Bursary Fund, our Chair, Clive Fortes commented:

“Young people are, and will be, disproportionately impacted by the UK recession and ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. Entry level employment opportunities have been significantly impacted by the pandemic and traditional routes to high-vacancy employment (retail, hospitality, travel and tourism) have contracted.

Our charity partners advised us of the urgent need for higher intervention in retaining young people in positive destinations – education, retraining and employability programmes, and volunteering – in the short to medium term. The Bursary is our response to this, and complements the UK and Scottish governments’ youth guarantee and employment schemes. Our financial education charity partner, MyBNK, will provide critical wrap-around support for Bursary holders to ensure that young people’s understanding of personal finance is also supported through the Bursary.

For information please contact Marcella Boyle, CEO, at [email protected]


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Hardship Fund Update

In April 2020, The Foundation launched its Hardship Fund as a response to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. The Foundation recognised the need to immediately support charities working with our most vulnerable communities and people. The first tranche of funding was directed at existing Foundation partners.  In June, the launch of a second tranche of funding expanded eligibility to include community-based charities across the UK supported by staff at Hymans Robertson LLP.

In the last 3 months, we were able to support a further 24 UK charities with emergency funding to provide food, care and PPE packages. As charities responded to online and remote delivery of services, funding was also used to support the provision of data and technical gadgets enabling young people to access counselling and welfare services.  

Our charity partners have demonstrated care and support to their communities throughout. Their resilience has been outstanding and humbling.  Our Chair, Clive Fortes, commented:

“It’s sobering to remember how much £250 can support: 15 families for 2 days with essential food supplies; 6 counselling appointments for young people in distress. At a time when many charities are facing reduced income and meeting increasing need, The Foundation was compelled to take immediate action.”

We are pleased to share a few of the responses from our charity partners on the positive impact that hardship funding has had:

The Hymans Robertson award has helped us to purchase PPE so that we can re-open our building to the families we support and ensure that the important connection between counsellor and family can be established.” Edward’s Trust

“We are very grateful to The Hymans Robertson Foundation for their grant, which will go towards helping Sebastian’s Action Trust provide emergency provision packs to families of seriously-ill children. Whilst lockdown restrictions for many of us are easing, for our families, the reality of isolating at home stays the same. With this grant, we will be able to provide six families with much-needed emergency provisions’ packs.” Sebastian’s Action Trust

We were delighted to receive the funds which have been used to purchase PPE and new, cleanable seats for our waiting area. As restrictions have lifted, we have opened our Glasgow office to run a Low Vision clinic in partnership with NHS. It has been fantastic to once again welcome our service users and provide much needed face to face services.” Visibility Scotland

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