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 "
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 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!"
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"