WANTED: Social media expert to make a difference in the lives of children in Kenya
We are advertising for a voluntary Social Media and Digital expert who would like a challenge in improving our social media output and to build up an audience (which in turn will increase our donor base) for our exciting fundraising project to build a new primary school and community education centre in Kangawa. As we emerge from the lockdown we need to be in a position to be able to shout as loud as possible about the project so we can reach our fundraising and deliver on our plan to build a new primary school and community education centre for the people of Kangawa in Kenya. We are looking for someone who will be proactive and able to identify new potential opportunities. Working closely with the five Trustees (and occasionally keeping us right!) you will manage our social media and marketing output with the ultimate aim of turning posts into pounds!
Skills required: Creative campaigns, Social media and digital marketing, Comms Strategy and planning
For further information and to apply online please click here to visit the Media Trust's website.
February 2021 Newsletter
You can read our February 2021 Newsletter here (link to Mailchimp website).
Appointment of Trustee
We are pleased to welcome Adelaide Morgan to the Board of Trustees.
Adelaide is a Director of a management consultancy company, an accomplished resilient leader with demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results, offering outstanding presentation, communication and cross-cultural team management skills. Adelaide has a wealth of voluntary experience working with children charities, including founding the "Life Map Planning" programme that enabled 90% of at-risk young people achieved employment and recognised certifications.
Adelaide's biography can be found here.
#SmallButMighty - The Bouncing Ball Trust joins bid to save small international development charity sector
The Bouncing Ball Trust has today announced that it will join thousands of other small international development charities across the UK in their call for Government support. This comes following the announcement that, due to lack of financial support, nearly half (45%) of the UK’s small charities working with the world’s poorest people are expected to close.
Surveys from the Small International Development Charities Network show that 89% of these charities are on the frontline responding to COVID-19. The crisis has had a disproportionate effect on the sector, which is seeing a 27% increase in demand and a 33% loss in income.
Small international development charities support millions of people across the globe and employ tens of thousands of people in the UK. The Bouncing Ball Trust, whose fundraising opportunities has been cancelled this year leading to a massive drop in its income, which will have an impact in Kenya.
Since its formation in 2014 The Bouncing Ball Trust has supported educational projects in Kenya. We are currently fundraising to build a primary school in the Kangawa district of Ngong town in Kenya.
COVID-19 is a global crisis, which requires a global response. In recent months, The Bouncing Ball Trust been focussed on strengthening the organisation to meet the challenges ahead. This includes appointments of new Trustees, new student volunteers working with us and working with a pro bono management consultancy. The Bouncing Ball Trust is also working collaboratively through the Small Charities Coalition to apply for job placement for 16 to 24 years old on Universal Credit through the Kickstart Scheme.
Chris Orman, Founder and Trustee of The Bouncing Ball Trust, said:
“The Small But Mighty campaign is highlighting the tremendous work undertaken by small international development charities like The Bouncing Ball Trust overseas. The current COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from fundraising for the new primary school. This has denied the children of Kangawa the opportunity to go to school once the Kenyan Government has announced it is safe for children to resume education (from January 2021 for primary school children).”
A collapse of the small international development sector would mean a collapse in their impact overseas and in the UK. The Small But Mighty campaign is calling on the UK Government to commit to a £50 million package of support over two years, funded from the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) budget. It will ensure the survival of these charities, including The Bouncing Ball Trust.
Appointment of Trustee
We are pleased to welcome Keith Davis to the Board of Trustees.
Keith is a Chief Commercial Officer with a managed services provider working with the NHS, health boards and private healthcare providers. He has a strong financial and business development background and, as a Trustee, hopes that these skills will help in raising awareness of, and funds for, The Bouncing Ball Trust. He has visited Kenya several times and is fully committed to making a contribution toward improving the lives of children there.
Keith's biography can be found here.