Free Boxing Training

Would you like to incorporate boxing training in to your group or community activities? We recently opened our boxing studio in Fulham with a mission to get more people active! As well as an ambition to grow our boxing business, we’re passionate about bringing the benefits of sport and physical activity to more people that wouldn’t normally have access to quality training, both children and adults – going a little way to help reduce the inequalities in sport and exercise that persist today.

If you are a charity, community group, local school or social enterprise and would like to know more about our free boxing training, we’d love to have a chat. Please email Charlotte on if you are interested.

We are also launching a crowdfunding campaign to help support this if you would like to help support by sharing and also to find out more about us – you can see the preview page here

Funding for Special Schools and Colleges (UK)

Grants of up to £75,000 are available to special schools and colleges for children and young people with special educational needs. The funding is available for projects that are is focused towards helping pupils to develop skills which would help them to gain employment or live independently after leaving school or college. The funding is available towards capital costs such as new buildings, the refurbishment of existing buildings and equipment. The funding is being made through the Wolfson Foundation’s Special Schools and Colleges grants programme. There is a 2-stage application process and the next stage 1 closing date is the 1st July 2020. Applications successful at this stage will have until the 1st September 2020 to complete the stage 2 application. Click here

Funding to Support Youth Organisations (UK)

Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £60,000. The funding is available for up to two years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation. Examples of what can be funded include part-funding the salary of a key individual; policy work; additional fundraising or income generation capacity; and upgrading IT systems or website to reach young people online; etc. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1 applications can be submitted at any time by completing an online application form answering a standard set of questions. The funding is being made available through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund. Click here

Funding for Projects that Use the Arts & Media to Address the Concerns of Children

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for grants of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here

Free Courses in England Have Secured Even More Funding for 2020

We are looking for more and more partners to help us promote this fantastic opportunity to their staff, members, customers, family or friends. We had 3 new microsites go live in 2019. They are great examples of the training websites we are proposing…

If you would like to discuss how your organisation can take advantage of their own FREE training website perhaps we can schedule a call? There is no cost attached to this at all. All we ask is that your site generates approx 25 enquiries per month. We have a whole host of marketing ideas and campaigns that we can share with you to help achieve this.

For a no-obligation consultation contact Vivienne Wharton on 0121 752 3800 or email

If the above is not relevant to you please browse all free courses available here

We can support you in focusing on retraining or up-skilling, providing you with motivation, job satisfaction, and brand new qualifications.

Nominations Have Opened for The H&F Civic Honours 2020!

This will be H&F Council’s third annual awards celebrating those individuals and organisations who give their time to help to enrich the lives of others in the borough.  This year, we are looking for nominations in the following categories: 

  • Most dedicated volunteer
  • Bringing people together
  • Community organiser
  • Acts of compassion
  • Contributions to art, culture or heritage
  • Contributions to health and well-being
  • Improving our environment
  • Lifetime achievement

You can nominate anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in the borough, or any community or voluntary group or organisation.  All nominations will be put before a panel of judges and the finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony in early June (exact date and venue tbc), at which the winners will be announced.

Visit the story on the council website for more information, a link to the nomination form – and also to see the video from last year’s awards event at the town hall.

If you know someone who deserves recognition for their hard work and dedication, nominate them now!  Nominations close on Monday 9th March 2020.

GLL Sport Foundation Helps Athletes Go for Gold in 2020

Ahead of a huge year of UK and World sport in 2020, our next generation of title-chasing athletes can apply for support in going for gold in the big events next year, thanks to the GLL Sport Foundation, the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme.

The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), launched in 2008, by charitable social enterprise, GLL – operator of public Better leisure facilities across the borough, London, and the UK – helps aspiring sporting talent fulfil their potential. Supported athletes can benefit from financial support, physiotherapy, and gym memberships at GLL’s Better sport and leisure facilities.

GSF supports athletes across its regional network in 73 areas of the UK. In 2019, GSF supported over 3,000 athletes across 117 sporting disciplines, taking its total investment to £11 million in 11 years. In Hammersmith and Fulham last year, 65 athletes were supported to a value of £37,000, and this year, we want to surpass this level of support.

Previously, this support has contributed to the success of athletes including Olympic and World Champion Anthony Joshua and local England Hockey player Ed Horler. At the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, GSF-supported athletes won a total of 22 medals.

Sally Gunnell OBE, Patron of GLL Sport Foundation said: “It’s fantastic to see the continued support of athletes across the UK through the GLL Sport Foundation.

“GSF recognises the difficulty that many talented athletes face in getting the necessary support to take the next step into elite competition, with 96% of GSF athletes receiving no additional funding. With a massive year of sport coming up, this support will be even more important as many athletes begin to target major honours.”

Peter Bundey, Chair of GLL Sport Foundation added: “As a social enterprise, GLL continues to invest in these talented athletes within our communities through the GLL Sport Foundation. We are proud to once again partner with the Mary Peters Trust, SportsAid and SportsAid Wales to support the next generation of medal contenders and we are excited to receive this year’s applications.”

Applications can be submitted via the GLL Sport Foundation website from 20th December 2019 to 20th February 2020.

Finance Top Tips from DSC

For DSC’s finance top tips, click on the links below:

Duties of a company secretary: five top tips

Data protection: the importance of knowing your controllers from your processors

Finance is for everyone: top tips to help people ‘get’ finance

The five major risks all charity board members need to think about

A five step plan to reduce charity fraud

Improving your charity finance function

Innovative Participatory Workshops for Refugee Women

Scheherazade Initiatives runs free weekly participatory theatre workshops for migrant and refugee women that offer a fun and engaging complement to traditional language learning and integration programmes.  Through creative games and exercises, role play, character creation and scene development, we explore issues that refugee women face when arriving in the UK and enable the women to ‘try out’ alternative scenarios to achieving their integration goals. Past workshops have focused on issues such as navigating the health and education systems, building relationships across cultures, dealing with intergenerational tensions and marital challenges, and, critically, building the self-confidence, personal leadership and communication skills to empower women to make a home for themselves here.  The programmes are funded by the UK National Lottery Community Fund which makes participation free for all.  Click here for further information and we would be grateful if you could please spread awareness of this project.

If you want to be kept updated about our work using theatre to empower migrant and refugee populations, please sign up to our newsletter here






Media Trust Announce Their Fourth Annual Women’s Voices Event

Media Trust is thrilled to announce the launch of our fourth annual Women’s Voices event in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Date: Thursday 5 March 2020
Time: 12:45-17:30, followed by networking and drinks
Location: Academy London, 123 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria SW1W 9SH

We’re offering 30 charities that support, campaign and advocate for women and girls the opportunity to work with their own team of media and creative industry volunteers. Each team will have the combined skills to help their charity build an effective, impactful and compelling communications campaign. The afternoon will also include light lunch ​when you arrive.

Get involved, get support
To apply, simply head over to the Media Trust website and complete the application form.
With limited places available, we are looking for strong applications that clearly outline a specific communication challenge including: reaching new audiences, developing a new campaign, or raising awareness about your cause.

The deadline for applications is Friday 24 January at 17:00. Successful charities will be notified by Friday 31 January.

Apply today!

All applicants must:

  • Be a UK registered charity that supports, campaigns and/or advocates for women and girls
  • Only submit one application per charity
  • Ensure two relevant members of staff, one of which is a senior leader/decision-maker are available to attend the event on 5 March 2020 from 12:45-17:30
  • Take part in one case study post event

To read more about what to expect on the day check out the highlights from Women’s Voices 2019. If you have any questions, please email Carly Bell on