Giving World – Receive essential goods for the people you support

Giving World (formerly Giving World Online) is a registered charity. Giving World partner with busy companies to redirect their new business end-of-line, discontinued and surplus stock to the most deprived communities in the UK, working through a network of partner charities.

“Our ideology: To cut across barriers of need and want, empowering the ‘haves’ to work together to help the lives of the ‘have-nots’”

Items for charities available on the product list are all free to Not-for-profits, Charites, schools and community groups.

You will receive a weekly ‘latest items’ alert to let you know what’s new in. The goods are usually located at their warehouse in Leicester. These can be collected or posted to you at cost.

To find out more you can visit their website here.

Media Trust Newsletter – Introducing Headlining Mental Health!

Our latest news, events and opportunities      Introducing Headlining Mental Health

Mental health is one of the most pressing issues of our time and one of Media Trust’s priority focus areas for 2021. We’re delighted to be launching a new programme, Headlining Mental Health, for small mental health charities. This seven-month programme, funded by Gamesys Foundation, is designed to help mental health charities extend the power and reach of their communications and support them in their mission – whether that’s to reach people who need to access support, to normalise conversations around mental health, or to make sure the voices of people living with mental health issues are heard.

Applications are now open and will close on 22 February at 9.00am.
Join us this Thursday 11 February for an online Q&A where you can find out more about the programme and ask questions about the application process. 
Book your place here  

Free BBC Masterclass on Climate Storytelling

Join us on 11 February for a free climate storytelling masterclass with Jeremy Mathieu, Sustainability Advisor and Trainer at the BBC.

This masterclass is part of the Weston Communicating Climate Programme, a six-month programme that will offer expert-led communications training for small/medium environment and climate charities working across the UK. Book your space.

Have your say in our #CovidCommsSurvey

It’s your last chance to share your comms challenges with us so that we can better support you in 2021. Our #CovidCommsSurvey in partnership with CharityComms closes tomorrow, 10 February, so please spare 10 minutes to fill it out. One lucky person will win a £100 National Book Token!
Complete the survey here.

Free Digital Comms Training

Don’t miss out on our free webinar on Social media strategy with Google Digital Garage this Wednesday 10 February. 

We’ll also be running more free webinars on Writing for social media on 23 February and Get started with analytics on 10 March.  

We’re recruiting!
Head of Programmes

Do you want to play a leading part in shaping and delivering Media Trust’s programmes? We’re looking for a dynamic, organised, digitally-savvy, detail-oriented individual who is happy to hit the ground running and manage multiple programmes & services. Apply today!

Head of Marketing & Communications

We’re also looking for an experienced, strategic Head of Marketing to take our marketing and comms to the next level by engaging more charities, communities, young people, media & creative organisations and volunteers in our work & impact. Apply today!    

Media Trust Resource Hub   
In celebration of National Storytelling Week last week, we’ve picked out some of our top resources to help boost your charity’s storytelling! 

Supporting disabled spokespeople in media interviews

Having authentic, representative voices is vital for storytelling. We created this guide to help organisations support disabled spokespeople in media interviews.

Top tips for making charity films in 2020 and beyond

If you’re wondering how to turn the stories you have into compelling video content, check out our top tips to make sure your films have the biggest impact.  

A charity guide to getting your story into the media

If you have a compelling narrative at the ready and want advice on how to make a successful media pitch, read this guide on getting your story into the media.    

Partner news, events and opportunities

Volunteering Wales grants scheme reopens

The 2021/22 Volunteering Wales Grants scheme is now open to applications. The scheme has been designed to deliver the Welsh Government’s commitment to identifying opportunities for more people to volunteer. Closing 12 April.   

The National Lottery Community Fund Covid-19 virtual events

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a series of online policy breakfasts, covering a variety of topics and issues relevant to Covid-19 and both its short and long-term impact.     

We’d love to hear from you if you have ideas for how we can support your charity at this time.

If you have questions on any of the above or would like to discuss how Media Trust can support you, please email our Charity Services team at     Media Trust is proud to be working with so many leading media organisations on impactful skills-based staff volunteering and D&I programmes.   Copyright © 2021 Media Trust, All rights reserved.

Patrick Trueman: Recovery after the pandemic

Charity Finance:

The use of letters to describe the trajectory of the recovery was very much in vogue earlier in 2020. Optimists talked of a V-shaped recovery while prophets of doom spoke of an L. Those in the W camp saw a more volatile path out of the crisis with some periods of optimism countered by setbacks as the spread of the virus picked up and restrictions were re-imposed.

We preferred to rely on the letter K to capture the two separate and very different paths of the economy during the crisis. The upward line symbolising the parts of the economy benefitting from the pandemic – like many pharmaceutical and healthcare companies or the online consumer sector. The downward leg represented much broader group of companies suffering from the widespread lockdowns. Of these, energy companies, banks and utilities were among the worst hit.

Click here for the full information.

‘Demand for charity services outweighs the sector’s power to help,’ experts warn

Civil Society:

Charity sector income was down by £200m in the final months of 2020, which will lead to a “capacity crunch” and cuts to services, economists warn.

Cancellation of events and closure of charity shops drove this drop over the final months of 2020, according to a survey by Pro Bono Economics (PBE), conducted in partnership with Charity Finance Group (CFG) and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF).

November and December are crucial fundraising months for many charities. Almost half of respondents said they raised less in this period 2020 than they did in the same months the previous year and researchers estimate the sector has missed out on at least £200m. 

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Clore Social Leadership Wellbeing Toolkit

This toolkit aims to help leaders break down the wellbeing challenges facing themselves and their teams and quickly find high quality resources to inspire and assist them. These resources can be used individually, or put together to form the basis of a full or half-day team wellbeing session.  

Created by Clore Social Leadership Emerging Leader Programme 2020 participants.

Click here for the website.

Weston Communicating Climate Programme

Deadline 16th February 2021

Media Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation are delighted to be launching Weston Communicating Climate. This six-month skills programme will offer free expert-led communications training for environment and climate charities working across the UK.

The core programme will offer six workshops that will help charities in:

  1. Communicating complex messages clearly
  2. Growing and building audiences online
  3. Digital fundraising
  4. Compelling storytelling – from content creation to case studies
  5. Working with and supporting climate influencers
  6. Engaging the media

Click here for more information.