Share

Beatbullying awarded £1.3m to expand services

Nick Hurd, minster for civil society and Emma-Jane Cross, chief executive of Beatbullying
News

Beatbullying awarded £1.3m to expand services

Governance | Kirsty Weakley | 25 Jan 2012

Beatbullying has been awarded £1.3m from the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund to expand its services by setting up a new social action organisation.

The new charity will be known as We’re Altogether Better and will provide a wider range of advice and support online to young people. It will need to register with the Charity Commission. It will act as an umbrella organisation, overseeing the Beatbullying brand and its current projects, such as Cybermentors, alongside new ones.

With the funding, We’re Altogether Better will be able to recruit and train 10,000 new volunteers including young people. MediaCom, Google and Lloyds have also agreed to offer volunteering opportunities with the new organisation, to its employees.

The first new project due to launch in 2012 will support young people with mental health issues online.

Chief executive Emma-Jane Cross, said: “We believe that We’re Altogether Better can help heal social fissures such as racism and violence, improve mental health, unburden the NHS, combat truancy and poor educational attainment, put young people into work, and enhance community cohesion and social mobility.”

We’re Altogether Better will report back to Nick Hurd and the Cabinet office on the success of the volunteer recruitment drive, although a timetable has not been set.

Supporting other organisations

The funding has also meant that the charity has set up a community interest company, We are Cosmo, that will deliver the software used and owned by Beatbullying to other civil society organisations. The business model for how and when this will happen is going to be worked out in the next few weeks.

Beatbullying’s director of new media Sarah Dyer created the software, Cosmo, to run the organisation’s online mentoring services and the Cabinet Office hopes that other organisations will be able to move their social actions online using the platform. It enables organisations to create communities to deliver support and train volunteers online.

Cosmo will also report back to Nick Hurd on the success it has in implementing its software model in other organisations.

 

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

WWF UK’s total income rose seven per cent in 2014 financial year

27 Jan 2015

WWF UK's total income for the year ending June 2014 rose to £62.2m, an increase of £3.8m, or seven per...

Rape crisis centre to close following bullying row

27 Jan 2015

A rape crisis centre in Scotland has decided to close after an employment tribunal ruled that a former...

Over £100m drawn down from Big Society Capital

26 Jan 2015

Cumulative figures from Big Society Capital have shown that since its inception in 2012 £104m has now...

BP donations to Tate 'embarrassingly small' say campaigners

27 Jan 2015

An arts charity has criticised the Tate for accepting an “embarrassingly small” amount of money from...

Band Aid 30 donates first £1.8m to aid charities

27 Jan 2015

Band Aid 30, the music industry fundraising initiative, has donated the first £1.8m raised from an updated...

Big Lottery Fund awards £150m to local neighbourhood foundation

23 Jan 2015

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £150m to a new community grantmaking foundation to help individuals...

Comparison website for special needs services launched by charity consortium

23 Jan 2015

A coalition of social care charities has launched a TripAdvisor-style website, designed to help families...

CRUK debuts contactless giving through shop windows

21 Jan 2015

Cancer Research UK has announced a collaboration with outdoor media owner Clear Channel to bring contactless...

Charity IT Association will provide free technology advice

15 Jan 2015

Four IT organisations have pooled their resources to launch the Charity IT Association and provide free...

Join the discussion

Twitter
 
Training

Attending our one day courses is a highly effective way of ensuring new and existing trustees fully understand their role, responsibilities and liabilities.

>> Find out more <<