Giving Tuesday 2021: It is time for all of us to bounce back

29 November 2021

The consequences of the pandemic have been hard for individuals, businesses and especially charities. Thousands of fundraising events have been cancelled and charity shops were unable to operate again after the restrictions were lifted due to financial difficulties and lack of volunteers. This Giving Tuesday we can make a difference.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that encourages people to donate, volunteer, and participate in charitable activities.

Giving Tuesday provides the perfect opportunity to pause and remember the causes we believe in and the communities we care about. It began in 2012 as a way to counteract the overspending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday by donating to charities in need. It made its way across more than 70 countries and it is now the biggest global generosity movement.

Charities play an important role in our society – and we all benefit. They unite people who have a shared passion in order to make a positive impact in the world. With restrictions being lifted, we want to sustain the community spirit we saw during the pandemic and help charities to recover, bounce back and continue their fundamental work.

We can now engage with others, get involved with our local community and give ourselves the chance to bounce back from lockdown restrictions. We were all isolated for so long that we lost our sense of community, so returning to some form of ‘normal’ is more important than ever.

Lockdown and the pandemic put enormous stress on charities across the country. At Action Tutoring our attention was focused on the potential impact school closures could have on the pupils we support. We acted fast and raised our voices. We found new ways to fundraise and our amazing team enabled us to transition from ‘in-person’ to online tutoring, so we could continue helping disadvantaged pupils when they needed us the most.

You can read more about our launch of online tutoring sessions here.

This is what Shko, who is in Year 6 at Pathways E-Act Primary Academy in Sheffield had to say about his experience:

Coming back to school after lockdown felt weird. I hadn’t spoken in English for a long time. When I was at home, I spoke Kurdish. When I came back, it felt weird because I hadn’t practised English. With tutoring I get much more maths than I would usually. I get a revision because some of the lessons with Action Tutoring are things we’ve done in class that I’ve nearly forgotten. Tutoring feels peaceful.

This wouldn’t be possible without our incredible volunteers who stayed committed to our mission. The need, however, is still great. Pupils are still recovering and building back their knowledge following the school closures. We’re also looking ahead to how we can not only bounce back, but also become even stronger and more resilient in the future.

Giving Tuesday 2021

So, what can you do this Giving Tuesday to help us?

Volunteer

Studies show that disadvantaged pupils have fallen further behind because of lockdown and  school closures. Volunteering as a tutor with us will not only help close the attainment gap between disadvantaged young people and their peers, but  it will also help you bounce back from lockdown.

We have been in our home bubbles for so long, free of social engagement. This lack of social interaction can cause social anxiety and the feeling of isolation, even with restrictions being lifted. Now it is not the time to be isolated; it is time for all of us to bounce back.

Donate

We need your help. Your donation will help us continue our mission and support the most vulnerable in our communities. Disadvantaged pupils deserve a chance to build a better life for themselves and education will allow them to do so.

Giving Tuesday also marks the launch of The Big Give Christmas Challenge – the U.K’s largest match funding campaign. The challenge works by charities securing a ‘match pot’ of funding from their key supporters (called ‘pledges’) and a Big Give ‘Charity Champion’, which is then used to double donations made during the challenge week, meaning one donation = double the impact!

We have £2,000 to raise in donations across seven days, which will be doubled to £4,000 thanks to our match funding pot! Donations open at 12pm on Tuesday 30th November and close 12pm on Tuesday 7th December.

You can watch The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021 campaign video to learn more. To ensure donations are matched, donations for our #ChristmasChallenge21 must be made via Action Tutoring’s Big Give campaign page. Donations start from £1.

With your contribution, 2022 can be a brighter year, where pupils have the support they need and bounce back from the impact of the pandemic.

Share our cause with your friends and family

If you are not able to give your time or make a donation, you can still help our cause. Please share this post with your friends and family and remember that raising awareness is crucial to ensuring that we continue to help pupils.

Why not share on your social media platforms or refer us to a friend you think would be interested in volunteering with us?

We hope the generosity inspired by #GivingTuesday lasts well beyond a day to create lasting change. It is time for all of us to bounce back and make sure there are brighter days ahead for everyone.

Our new website is live – Action Tutoring

17 November 2021

Our new website is live!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of our new website, alongside our refreshed brand. We have made these changes to reflect the charity we are today, and ensure we remain relevant to everyone who interacts with us. We hope it draws in new audiences to our work.

We have put a lot of work into our new site and we are pleased to finally share it with you. You can now easily access updated and insightful information about our mission and how you can get involved.

What’s new?

Our improved site navigation and extra accent colours will help you find exactly what you’re searching for, presented as a clean and a modern design.

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Updating a website is more than just making it appear aesthetically pleasing; it is also about learning what our volunteers and partner schools need and expect. Information should be easily accessible and answer all the questions you may have. It should also provide you with information and details about the charity, our team, our progress and our mission. 

As well as a new website, we have developed a refreshed brand and new logo, featuring the infinity symbol. This represents the infinite potential of the young people we support, our volunteers and our partner schools – emphasising what our pupils can do, rather than what they can’t do. The icon also represents the continuous cycle of giving back: by volunteering with our charity our tutors are helping our pupils to succeed in life. They will then progress and in future give back to society as a result, starting the cycle again.

The new website represents us as an education charity and our core values. We hope you like it as much as we do. The site will support our charity as we continue to work towards our vision of a world in which no child’s life chances are limited by their background.  We want to help more pupils than ever before this year but we can’t do this on our own.  We need more volunteers to help us to deliver the tutoring and more schools to partner with.

Every volunteer, school teacher, fundraiser and partner has helped us get where we are today and we want you to feel part of our journey, so don’t forget to stay up to date with our blog and news updates and subscribe to our newsletter.

Working towards our mission of lowering educational inequality would simply not be possible without the help of our wonderful tutors. We thank all our amazing volunteers and our incredible partner schools who have worked with us to reach the thousands of pupils who are part of our programmes. This is our way of making sure every visitor on our website can see the passion and commitment that goes behind our work.

Have you had a scroll through our new website? We would love to hear your thoughts!

We’ll be gradually rolling out the brand to our other materials and channels. We want to do this in a conscious way, so that we’re not wasting any resources. For these reasons, you might see our old logo in some places for a bit longer.

We’re grateful to The House agency for working with us on this project and understanding our needs and constraints as a charity, ensuring careful and valuable use of our funds.