#GivingTuesday is a national campaign that took place on Tuesday, 28th November 2017. The annual event raises awareness of the work charities and their volunteers do around the world. It is an important time for Action Tutoring as we are able to not only build awareness of what we do as a charity, we can also use the platform to thank all our volunteers, funders and trustees for the amazing work that they do. This platform also allows us to show the positive impacts of giving time and volunteering with us.
Our campaign this year was focused on showing the impact of giving in 7 different ways. We titled the campaign #7days7reasonstogive, which we shared on our social media platforms. We showed how giving your time can positively impact both tutors and pupils. We also showed different ways one can support us – such as joining our fundraising events or donating.
Read full information about our campaign plan on the #GivingTuesday website: www.givingtuesday.org.uk/9641-2/
Jen, our Interim CEO, also discussed how Giving Tuesday is not just about what you give but also about what you get. Mentioning the joy volunteers receive from seeing the positive influence they have on each pupil they tutor, she also dwelled on other benefits you receive from volunteering – such as feeling connected to your community and getting a buzz when a pupil understands a difficult topic because of you. Read the full blog here: bit.ly/2zvU5JJ
Lastly, our staff across the regions spoke up about what #GivingTuesday means to them.
” Our amazing volunteers give up an hour of their time each week to help pupils from less advantaged backgrounds achieve in their SATs or GCSEs. For me, #GivingTuesday is a chance to highlight the effort they put in, and a chance to hear their motivations for volunteering. It’s so important because we can’t do what we do without them!” Loren, Programme Executive for North London
”Whether you are raising money through sponsored runs, spending time with those who are lonely, or dedicating your time to helping others less fortunate than you, giving is something everyone can focus their energy on. #GivingTuesday is important to me as helping others will always be a rewarding experience for those involved. I think having an international day of giving is a great chance for us all to open our hearts (and our wallets!) on a day devoted to giving back.” Jess, Programme Executive for Bristol
”I was heavily involved in #GivingTuesday at Action Tutoring last year and we took the opportunity to thank all our volunteers. As a charity, we’re always receiving from others but we had a great time and found real pleasure in giving thanks to our volunteers for giving their time. I think Giving Tuesday is a fantastic day for many reasons: it gives charities the chance to receive much-needed funding; it gives people the chance to give and feel the joy of giving and it changes the world for the better. People can view it as another guilt-inducing hashtag to be annoyed by, but that’s not what it’s about. I say embrace Giving Tuesday and enjoy giving one thing!” Jane, Programme Coordinator for South West London
”Through sharing their time and effort, Action Tutoring’s volunteers are the backbone of our work with young people.
Since joining the Action Tutoring team, I have worked with our volunteers directly in a programme delivery role, and then recently in a more indirect way through managing our data and evaluation. Through working with our volunteers directly, I could see first-hand the positive stories that they can create for the pupils they support, but also for themselves. Now, although I’m only working with our volunteers on an indirect basis, I can see how their individual stories, amassed together, can contribute to a bigger story; a story about the educational inequality facing disadvantaged young people in this country, and their part in closing that gap. On Giving Tuesday, you could begin to build and contribute your own story, by applying to volunteer with Action Tutoring.” Will, Data and Evaluation Manager
“#GivingTuesday is an opportunity to celebrate all the fantastic things that men, women and children do to help others. It is the act of helping others and working together that has allowed the human race to develop such advanced societies and civilisations. When early tribespeople figured out they could team up to hunt a mammoth – with some distracting it whilst others brought the beast down with spears – they realised the potential of working together to achieve a common goal. No man on his own has the power to find, kill and eat such a giant beast. Through the act of helping others, going beyond the lone wolf and becoming the community, early humans were able to thrive and prosper. As a vegetarian, I can’t approve of any mammoth eating but I must say I do respect the ability to cooperate.
Every day I go to schools around Sussex and watch as volunteers from all walks of life ranging from university students to retired professionals give up their time to help others. It truly humbles me to see that so many people are so willing to go out of their way to support the learning of young people. In doing so they are opening up doors to the disadvantaged and this act deserves to be celebrated. Giving is the most fulfilling thing someone can do and I believe, the most human.” Ali, Programme Coordinator for Sussex
So, what does #GivingTuesday mean to you? If you resonate well with the term, or if you know little about it, we hope this blog has given you more information about the national #GivingTuesday campaign and the reasons it is important for Action Tutoring.