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Celebrating Small Charity Week 2021

It’s Small Charity Week 2021 and we want to celebrate the amazing work small non-profits are doing within our network.

There are over 168,000 registered charities in the UK1, of which 97% are classed as small charities - typically having an annual income under £1 million. However, despite their dominance, these small charities share less than 20% of the funding that goes into the charity sector2

We feel honoured to have played our part in funding this underfunded charity group. And we wanted to draw attention to three in particular:

The Lightyear Foundation

The Lightyear Foundation is breaking down barriers to disabled children participating in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine). During the pandemic they developed virtual work inspiration trips, visual tours into STEM employers and common job roles. Their membership from scientific and other institutes within their SEN in STEMM network is now over 160, boasting new influential members such as The Royal Society and the Natural History Museum, giving them the opportunity to generate a real ripple effect in accessibility.

Read more about their latest project, SEN (Special Educational Needs) in STEMM here.

At the Bus

At the Bus is a purpose-built double-decker bus used to deliver art therapy to support the mental wellbeing of students aged 7-18 in both Oxfordshire and London. During the coronavirus pandemic they neatly pivoted to provide a new mobile service, the At the Bus box, equipping their team of therapeutic facilitators with a wheeled toolbox full of art materials, and allowing them to continue their service by meeting with students directly in their classrooms. They are now looking to expand their work to work with schools in West London.

Read more about their most recent ‘masked fundraiser’ here.

Book Clubs in Schools (BCiS)

Book Clubs in Schools fosters a lifelong love of reading by facilitating student-led book clubs. They create a fun, non-judgemental weekly book club, helping to develop students’ communication, leadership and debating skills. To date they have had 9,000 book clubbers – over 70% say they enjoy reading more with 76% of secondary school students feeling more confident leading.

Read more about their work with HarperCollins on the National Teen Book Club here.

There are thousands more like Lightyear Foundation, At the Bus and BCiS. Join the conversation on social media using @SCWeek2021 and @TheFundingNetwork to show your appreciation for your favourite small charity.


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