Action for Conservation work with young people from diverse backgrounds through environmental workshop activities in schools that enable students to take conservation actions in their communities. They provide learning materials, organise work experience placements, and build online networks to develop a proactive youth conservation movement in the UK with a culture of greater awareness and participation.
£20,000 14/01/2018 - WildED Programme growth
17 Youth Ambassador projects delivered
24 Individual actions that help the environment in local communities
83 Students participating in WildED Workshops
15 Workshops delivered
Contributed to Residential Camps held
6 Students attending
14 Individual actions that demonstrate key skills attainment by participants
19 Individual actions demonstrating learning about environmental issues
73% Participants now aware how their behaviour impacts the environment
58% Participants developing skills they need to tackle environmental issues
65% Participants with increased knowledge of career opportunities in the environmental sector
Comment: High quality educational workshops in their main programme have given students an in-depth awareness of environmental issues teachers may be unable to provide, and which they can share with friends and family.
Core behavioural changes in young people are where they primarily measure impact and their hopes are that by instilling values in nature and conservation, young people will cause systematic change in the long term.
The number of students continuing to attend group camps and volunteering activities highlights the enthusiasm the programme infuses, and partner charities providing practical, real-life experiences drive home the effects humans are having on nature.
Birth Companions support women experiencing severe disadvantages in the period before, during and after the birth of their babies. They run groups and give one to one support to women in four prisons and in the community in London. They have a national remit to improve the experiences and care of women facing health and social inequalities in the perinatal period through training, research and influencing change.
11 Women supported in prisons and the community
5 Women supported in London
Contributed to Women supported in prisons around England
Contributed to Women supported during the birth of their babies
Contributed to Women supported during separation from their babies
1 Women attending antenatal classes in the community
3 Women receiving essential practical items for pregnancy and their babies
Comment: Pregnant women in the prison system and community groups that use Birth Companions services may have to deal with multiple issues, coming from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds. Though these challenges are significant, data collected through surveys consistently indicates the charity is providing high levels of practical support and guidance to a growing number of women. This not only adds ease to the birthing process but improves the mental health and wellbeing of the women they work with, which will have a knock-on effect to their babies lives.
City Harvest collects surplus food from food manufacturers and retailers, then distributes it to organisations that feed the hungry in London. There is strict control over food quality, trying to ensure that recipients have healthy diets. Much of it consists of fresh food and vegetables.
38 Tonnes of food redistributed
£110,934 Retail food value saved from landfill
87,200 Meals served
143 Tonnes of greenhouse gases prevented from being released
Comment: City Harvest was already on a very high growth trajectory, responding to the rising needs of hunger in the capital prior to the COVID-19 crisis, and in 2019-20 they were able to deliver 4.1 million meals. This is an increase of 35% over the prior year and to put this in perspective, they had delivered 5 million meals in total during the previous 5 years since their founding.
Bain and Company completed a pro-bono project to quantify the impact of food redistribution activities on society and concluded City Harvest’s social return on investment was over £8 for every £1 of expenditure.
Excellent Development supports rural dryland communities to work their way out of poverty with dignity. Working with local partners, they support rural communities to gain access to clean water close to their homes and invest in climate-smart agriculture.
£13,455 05/07/2019 - Towards core costs
Contributed to New sand dams built
Contributed to New school water tanks
275 Beneficiaries gaining clean water from sand dams
116 Beneficiaries gaining clean water from school water tanks
Comment: Continuing studies conducted by Cranfield and Oxford University to measure sand dam water yield have shown promise, with one community abstracting over 90,000 litres from one sand dam in a month. This has the potential to change the lives of those who face the struggles of poverty in Africa as the overall cost across programmes to provide clean and sustainable water to just one person long term is less than £14. The positive impacts of sand dams are not only seen in provision of clean water, but in wider benefits to the community that include the reduction of people falling sick, decreases in food shortages and the increase of household income.
Resurgo's mission is to help communities overcome social challenges through outstanding church-based social ventures. Their current initiatives include the Spear Programme, supporting unemployed young adults into work, Resurgo Ventures that supports social entrepreneurs to scale and increase their impact, and Resurgo Consulting that creates an income stream to support their charitable objectives while helping businesses manage their teams more productively.
£3,456 06/12/2017 - Unrestricted
£15,000 14/01/2018 - 2020-2021 progress on new Spear Programme centre
12 Young people enrolling
80% Young people completed the course
7 Young people who cease to be NEET
Comment: Impact data is encouraging with 75% of those completing the Spear programme typically ceasing to be NEET within 12 months. This impact has been extensively evaluated by external research organisations including partner, Impetus who recently ran a benchmarking project. Using a new government dataset called the Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) database, Impetus showed the average Spear programme trainee was three times more likely to be in work or education three months after completing programmes than if they were left unsupported. Income from Resurgo Consulting helps to fund the Spear Programme.
Surfers Against Sewage is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife. They also now campaign on government policy, create plastic free urban communities and have a presence in schools, educating future conservationists.
Contributed to Weeks of Digital Ocean School delivered
23 Beach cleans
20 Schools working towards going single use plastic free
131 Average weekly participants
1,336 Kgs of plastic and litter removed
Comment: Volunteering efforts to recycle plastic pollution from beaches have enabled them to increase the amount of recycled waste per tonne year-on-year. This core outcome is the basis for growth in their other positive outcomes including the momentum to engage with parliament that saw a reduction of plastic use in Westminster and their movement into urban communities.
Tempus Novo is an award-winning charity that works with serving prisoners and ex-offenders who want to change their lives by stopping the cycle of crime.
Tempus Novo has a unique strength; it’s understanding and direct links into the British prison system. Founded in 2014 by two serving Senior Prison Officers at HMP Leeds, Tempus Novo operates within the prisons to identify offenders committed to transforming their lives. Upon release, these prisoners continue to work with Tempus Novo to gain employment whilst also receiving hands on mentorship and support for a minimum of 6 months.
£15,000 05/02/2017 - Unrestricted
32 Interviews & assessments
9 Ex-offenders placed in employment
7 Still in work after 6 months
Comment: Interventions meant 26 of the 103 ex-offenders who reached employment in 2018 were priority prolific offenders (those most embedded into the cycle of crime). Employment opportunities for those 103 beneficiaries significantly changed a large proportion of their lives, with 79 still in work after 6 months and only 1 returning to custody.
The Access Project help motivated students from disadvantaged backgrounds win places at top universities. This is accomplished through a unique combination of tuition and in-school mentoring, creating applications, improving grades and helping young people transition successfully to the next stage of their education.
8 Students receiving tutorials and application support
7 Volunteer tutors
1 Students going to selective universities
57% Of Y13 students go to selective universities
Comment: Evaluations have shown over 90% of students that work with The Access Project come from disadvantaged backgrounds but are significantly more likely to apply and receive offers from top third most selective universities, than if they weren't supported by the programme.
Surveys measuring the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures on students education have shown a proportionately greater impact is seen on those from disadvantaged background. This meant remote online tuition The Access Project provided was invaluable to support students through this time. 59 students were tutored online in 2017-18, which grew to 125 students in 2018-19 and the initial feedback from those students and tutors was positive, indicating the platform was suitable for their model of tuition to increase delivery. Initial evaluation of exam results also suggested students who have received online tuition have performed as well as those who have had tuition face-to-face. Due in no small part to these figures, they have been included in the National Tutoring Programme initiative to be rolled out by the UK Government toward the end of 2020 and continue this impact on a wider scale.
* Data for Outputs and Outcomes is adjusted to reflect the size of each donation