Holidays

August tends to be a time some clubs and groups shut down, although for others this is their busiest time – particularly summer-time holiday groups for young people. Supporting close to 20,000 sessions now and with 24,000 members registered, we are going to be ramping up even more before long as we welcome another new Local Authority on board and a National Charity with their community clubs and groups needing help to run their admin – more news on these next time!

More and more customers are asking for two things: the ability to record, administer and manage small grants and grantees and the ability to manage a committee using RunAClub. We can already help you manage your grant recipients and we are now offering a committee module so if you would like to know more about this please contact us!

Thank you for being a part of this amazing team at RunAClub, a team who are all working together as customers, staff, volunteers and other partners. What a team it is!

#iwillWeek is coming

#iwillWeek is coming.

Between 21st-25th November #iwill want you to run an event to celebrate the impact young people are making and that enables others, young and old, to get involved.

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign helping more young people make a difference in their communities through social action that includes activities like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. Youth social action has a double benefit – it helps build communities and develops character strengths and life skills in young people. Many business, education, voluntary and public sector organisations have pledged to spread the word about the benefits of youth social action and create more opportunities for young people to get involved.

Proud2Be: A Case Study

We talk to Mat and Jon about their work..

The Proud2Be journey started in 2011 with the launch of an online campaign, Proud2Be, by brothers Mat and Jon Price. Inspired by their own experiences as gay men, Mat and Jon aimed to counter negative messages they received  as they were growing up by encouraging other LGBTQ people to ‘love and celebrate themselves, exactly as they are and to be proud of their community’ and providing a platform for a diverse range of role models.

Social/Business Organisations

I thought I would chat a bit about social/business organisations in case it’s of interest to you! There is a move from government to begin to really recognise social led organisations who operate to achieve social impact, within a business structure. Read more…I have been involved in some of the research to understand the benefits and how government could support these initiatives – I hope this will ultimately benefit many of you reading this who may run small social businesses alongside voluntary organisations for example. It’s a real alternative to purely charities and voluntary led organisations and will enable social investment into the sector. I’ll let you know if I hear more on this.

As we allow the referendum result to sink in, I hope the voluntary and social sector continues to work together as we have always done. I have been involved in community action all of my life and that certainly isn’t going to change – nor will it for all of you I’m sure. Community work is firmly and forever entrenched into our lives and extremely powerful – something to be proud of.

Happiness…

The team at RunAClub are at our happiest when we receive fantastically positive comments from customers who use the system – ‘fabulous resource’ was a comment we had yesterday. We are at our next happiest when we hit our impact number targets. We have just reached 15,000 group/activity sessions that we have supported and our members of groups and clubs across the country (3/4 of which are young people but 1/4 are across the other age ranges) has reached 20,000.

Someone said to me the other day that what we do isn’t ‘sexy’. So, sorry we aren’t ‘sexy’ but what we are is incredibly focused on supporting the bog standard and dull as ditchwater admin that every activity, group or club of any kind across the country has to complete. And as we welcome aboard Dorset County Council as our latest customer with 200 more groups, we think that we are pretty bloomin’ sexy!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder….:)

Sally

Zach’s Journey Against Abusive Head Trauma Foundation: A Case Study

Zach’s Journey Against Abusive Head Trauma Foundation was set up by Lyndsay Goodwin in honour of her son Zach who in 2003, at the age of 4 weeks old, was violently shaken and left with life changing brain injuries.

RunAClub Win the Award for Innovation 2016

RunAClub are delighted to have won the Award for Innovation at the Women in Business Awards 2016.

The support your club provides…

Last night I heard a young woman talk – in front of a roomful of people – about her experience of escaping war torn Sierra Leone. As a child she lost her young sister and had a son at aged just 13 after really dreadful circumstances. Her dad urged her to get to the UK as she had no life there. She had a relative here in the UK and she managed to get over at around aged 15 I think. But there were more dreadful experiences that she faced when she arrived. She spent a terrible few years homeless and with no support for her and her child. Eventually she met someone good at a youth club she was passing in Liverpool – she went in there because she felt she had nothing left to live for and it was literally a last hope for her.

Support, Volunteers and Funding

I am frequently asked if we can support informal projects, groups and events as well as formal clubs – the answer to that is ‘yes’ – we support any permanent or temporary gathering of any amount of people of any age, in any geographical area, with any interest type. Our aim is to support as many groups of any kind as possible.

New Year – New Statistics

Whoops. I’ve got to the 15th Jan without blogging the latest RunAClub stuff – how did that happen? Are we still in 2016?!

So, I wanted to reflect on some great stats from the last 12 months that make the team feel very happy….

  • Our growth in terms of clubs signing up has grown by 127% in the last year.
  • Our umbrella organisations have grown by 62%
  • The number of clubs actively using the system has grown by 423%
  • The number of sessions run has grown over 1000% (yes really!)
  • And the members and staff on the system has also grown in the hundreds of percentages too
  • We raised revenue, grant and social investment