People can still motivate themselves for a cause
Its quite easy these days to
believe that people don’t care much for politics. But the public sector
spending cuts have had one positive outcome, public demonstration. I was in
Canterbury this week and went along to the carnival against the cuts, held at
the cathedral to coincide with Cameron’s arrival.
The sight that really struck me
was the woman in the wheelchair holding a placard which read ‘NHS
cuts are crippling me’, I would bet good money that half the people
there, including this woman had never protested in their lives. Good work.
Starting a business is a good option for some
young people –
I did my training with the Kent
Foundation this week to become a volunteer mentor and very good it was too.
Until hearing about the work of KF with young entrepreneurs I hadn’t given much
thought to young people starting a business, I now see that in the current
climate it is a really good idea for some and should be actively promoted. As
the ‘third way’ alongside employment or education it can offer excellent
opportunities and I’m very glad KF and other organisations around the country
are supporting YP’s to consider it as a career choice. Just consider some of
the facts on the issues briefly:
The unemployment rate for 16-24
year-olds is 20.5% - more than 1 in 5
Young people are three
times as likely to be unemployed than other age groups. And this
problem is getting worse...
More than 4.2 million
people registered as self-employed. [Source – Office of National
Statistics, June 2012]
You can find more
information on the work of the Kent foundation at http://www.kentfoundation.org
English Rugby still has a loooonnng way
We knew that anyway I
75% of charities have a turnover below
I learnt this fact at
a charities conference I attended this week hosted by the institute of
directors in Kent.
I was a little
surprised by this as most of my work with the charity sector is with larger
‘NGO’ style charities deriving most, if not all, their income from tendering
and enjoying pretty large turnovers. This is opposed to ‘tin rattling’
charities of which the above statistic suggests there are still many. This was
a little surprising to me and I guess my narrow involvement has potentially
skewed my view of the sector, we are talking big numbers here, consider for a
second there are 180,000 registered charities in the UK. This figure also does
not include the charities with an income below the 5k threshold, so over
135,000 charities at the lower end of the scale.
The picture below
from the charities commission demonstrates it better than I can:
As you can see in the diagram above a really small number of charities are responsible for a HUGE amount
of the 8bn revenue charities receive in the UK.
I guess the question is, are they
still charities in the traditional sense of the word? And does it matter that a few take such a huge amount of the revenue? Does it impact on the fundraising potential of those smaller charities at the local level?
5. More people have mobile phones than
The numbers speak for themselves. Six billion of the world’s
seven billion people have mobile phones, but only 4.5 billion have access to
toilets or sanitary latrines, according to the United Nations. Some 2.5 billion
people, mostly in rural areas, have no access to proper sanitation and 1.1
billion people defecate in the open.
So there we are, five things i learnt this week, please feel free to tweet or comment on anything you have learnt this week. Thanks for reading.
Mark Bowles, Director, The Training Effect