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"
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"
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 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"
This month, I was lucky enough to be treated to a mini-trip to London for my thirtieth birthday by my wonderful wife, Laura. So, what to do with our precious time? Having visited the city many times for work in the past year, I wasn’t in a rush to get to Westminster. In fact, we […]Read more "Forty eight hours later: London in a Nutshell"
One thing you should know about me: I am an idiot. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t say or do the wrong thing, or get involved in some sort of hilarious mishap. As a child I boarded a bus without my skirt, which had fallen off mid-run to the bus stop. […]Read more "Top tips for keeping your social media content fresh"
Like most people, I’m not a fan of junk mail – whether it’s a takeaway menu on a Monday night when I’m trying to be healthy, or a gas company looking to sell me their wares, it usually goes straight into the recycling. With one important exception. I always look forward to receiving mail from Cath […]Read more "What can Cath Kidston Teach Fundraisers?"
I am, as many of my friends describe me, the Queen of the awkward. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t say or do the wrong thing, or get involved in some sort of hilarious mishap. In my first week in my new post at Lothian Autistic Society, I managed to wrongly […]Read more "A terrifying volunteering experience"