In the wake of last summer’s media frenzy on fundraising, I’m sure I won’t be the only person in our wonderful sector longing for more positive stories in the papers. Nowadays, community fundraising is so popular that many feel overwhelmed when it comes to getting press attention. What’s the hook? How do I get people […]Read more "Connecting the dots: community fundraising 101"
As the tagline goes, ‘you gotta catch them all’. Originally, this post was going to be about how Scottish charities are once again setting the bar high by utilising the latest internet craze to hit the UK, Pokémon GO. Instead, it’s turned into a chronicle of woefully missed opportunities. Firstly, it’s worth explaining what Pokémon […]Read more "How Scottish charities are using Pokémon Go to their advantage"
It’s no big secret that I’m an enormous escape room geek. I’ve set multiple room records (with more than a little help from my friends), played all over the world, and written blogs aplenty on the topic. So, when I was recently approached to consult on new kid on the block Cyber Escape Challenge, it […]Read more "The anatomy of an escape room"
I’m pretty sure that 2017 has been trying it’s best to kill me. I’ve had three bike accidents – one involving a car; two involving visits to A & E, and all three involving an awful lot of pain and dented pride. Having now recovered from these accidents, and other health problems this year, I […]Read more "This year’s key takeaways"
Third sector? More like first! I work in charity comms, whilst my wife Laura works in outdoor education for a national conservation charity. We’re basically the Brangelina of the Scottish charity sector: pre break up, of course. Recently, I was invited to Edinburgh Zoo for their ‘Wild About Scotland’ day. ‘Wild about Scotland’ is an […]Read more "What’s so good about the charity sector?"
Like most people in the charity sector, I get a real kick out of helping others. That’s why last October, I joined the University of Aberdeen’s Mentoring Programme as an alumni mentor. I was matched with Jasmin, a twenty-four year old postgraduate student in the sociology of religion, who was keen to pursue a career […]Read more "Mentoring: How to Become a Charity Champion"
Whilst many will remember 2016 as a year of social and political unrest, I’d like to take some time to reflect on some of the good stuff that’s happened. These are my personal highlights: 1. Freelancing Starting up as a freelancer in 2016 has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve met […]Read more "2016: A year of challenges "
Once serving as Edinburgh’s medieval port, Leith has a strong maritime history. In the last thirty years, though, Leith has changed dramatically. The old shipping industries have died out, and a new, gentrified class have moved in, bringing with them artist studios, artisan coffee, and ultra cool hangouts. So, whether you’re a visitor looking for […]Read more "The Hidden Treasures of Leith"
As many of you will be aware, I enjoy a good old escape game from time to time. Imagine my delight, then, when the National Trust for Scotland invited me along to their brand new attraction at Pollok House in Glasgow, ‘Escape the Past’. Developed by Edinburgh’s Can You Escape, I knew Escape the Past […]Read more "Escape Games: A New Frontier for Heritage Charities? "
‘There are no Pokéballs in your bag’: the pop-up that every Pokémon trainer dreads receiving. Especially when you’re at an event surrounded by the fictional creatures. It’s not often that you spend a Wednesday evening surrounded by people dressed as Pikachu; yet there I was, at Edinburgh Zoo’s first ever #PokémonGO event, trying (and failing […]Read more "Ready, Set, #PokémonGO!"
Everyone has friendship goals. Some are to go on once in a lifetime trips with your mates, or epic nights out; my pals and I like to escape from rooms we pay to be locked into… It’s not as weird as it sounds; escape games have become big business. When we first started playing in […]Read more "An Escapee’s Escapade"