Aviva Community Fund 2020 makes £250,000 a quarter available for small charity projects

first_imgHarrogate School of EnglishYorkshire-based charity Harrogate School of English are one of the groups to have benefitted in the past, having received funding for their ‘Tea and Talk’ initiative. The support from the Aviva Community Fund enabled them to hire space and resources to teach English to Syrian refugees, in a friendly and informal atmosphere over a cup of tea. Key dates21 January – 12 February: Aviva Community Fund open for applications. Causes can visit avivacommunityfund.co.uk to read the eligibility criteria and the application13 February – 3 March: Causes can prepare their crowdfunding project page4 March – 20 April: avivacommunityfund.co.uk cause crowdfunding pages go live and fundraising begins10 March: Employee giving goes live, and Aviva employees will have the opportunity to donate their allocation of funds to the participating causes22 April: Projects who do not reach their target will have the opportunity to rollover for the next quarterly cycle. Successful projects will be able to withdraw their funds and bring their ideas to life •  Financial capability and inclusion: Those giving people the tools to become more financially independentUnder the programme, for which it has teamed up with online fundraising platform, Crowdfunder, eligible causes submit their projects through the site with their fundraising target where they can inspire support from Aviva employees and the public.  Each of Aviva’s 16,000 UK employees will be allocated an ‘Employee Wallet’ with £60 in total, which will be split across each quarter of the programme. Employees can donate these funds directly to the participating causes that matter most to them and these will be added to the funds raised externally on the Crowdfunder platform.Jude Brooks, UK Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Aviva, said;“We believe the small charities that make the most impact are the ones given the opportunity to innovate and test new ideas. That is why with our Aviva Community Fund programme, we are focusing not only on facilitating funding for small charities with genuinely forward-thinking ideas, but also sharing knowledge from Aviva’s people and building the capabilities of causes through training and coaching. Our ambition is to enable causes to become self-sustaining over the long term.“We are extremely proud of the impact the Aviva Community Fund has had on so many worthy causes in recent years, and are delighted to give our network of approximately 16,000 employees the chance to contribute directly the causes that matter to them most.” Aviva has today (21 January) unveiled the latest development of the Aviva Community Fund, which will see £250,000 per quarter available for small charity and community interest group projects, with Aviva employees deciding how the money is distributed.Applications for the new Aviva Community Fund 2020 are open from today until 23:59 on 11 February, and Aviva is calling on small charities and community interest groups with an annual turnover under £1 million to submit their community projects on Crowdfunder for the chance to gain up to £50,000 in funding.The Aviva Community Fund programme is being rolled out nationwide following a successful trial, and is focused on building the capabilities and skills of good causes to drive long-term sustainable success and help charities make a life-changing impact in their communities.Aviva is looking for projects in two key areas:•  Community resilience: Those tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  694 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3center_img Aviva Community Fund 2020 makes £250,000 a quarter available for small charity projects Melanie May | 21 January 2020 | News Other resourcesIn addition to the funding, Aviva is also offering a range of resources and skills via its Knowledge Library, including advice around risk management and networking, as well as templates and documents to build their capabilities in a range of areas. Causes can also connect with Aviva’s employees, who are given 21 hours volunteering leave each year, to offer a range of volunteering opportunities, as well as world-class coaching from a number of International Coaching Federation accredited mentors.  693 total views,  2 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Kodable Teaches Kids To Code Before They Learn To Read

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#children#education#programming lauren orsini How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Preschool and kindergarten are recommended times for kids to learn a new language, while they’re still in the process of learning their first one. So Grechen Huebner and her cofounder, Jon Mattingly, created an app that teaches kids to program – before they’ve even learned how to read.The idea behind the iPad app, Kodable, is just that simple: create an app to make programming a child’s second language as early as possible in the child’s life. Kodable is designed for children between the ages of five and seven, but Huebner said it’s been tested and enjoyed by kids as young as three. “One of my favorite moments was when this three-year-old boy was playing it and literally screaming, he was so excited,” she said. “He already got the concept. He just needed a parent to help him drag and drop.“I had gone to a baby shower where the mother got this software called ‘Your Baby Can Read,’ so it started as a joke – oh, what if we created, ‘Your Baby Can Code’? Then we started researching and figuring out that the best time for kids to learn is when they’re really young and still developing their cognitive abilities,” Huebner added.Kodable has no written instructions. As soon as kids learn to drag and drop on an iPad, around age four or five, they’re ready to play. Huebner believes that they can still enjoy the app before that, with the assistance of a parent. With a series of directional arrow commands, kids lead cute, pastel balls of fuzz through Kodable’s 90 levels. The first 30 levels are free; each additional set of 30 levels are a $1.99 add-on. Each level, designed by Huebner and programmed by Mattingly, aims to teach kids something about thinking like a programmer to solve problems. As they navigate through the levels, children utilize functions, conditional statements, if/then statements and loops. Huebner and Mattingly launched Kodable in June 2012, having just graduated from the University of Louisville. They created 10 initial levels, which they tested with children from ages 3 to 9 and discussed with early childhood educators. Their current project is working with educators to create a curriculum that works alongside Kodable, so parents can teach their kids programming in a more structured way. Teaching kids to program is a huge trend today, but it’ll be at least 15 years before Kodable’s five-year-old audience enters the workforce. Who’s to say that by the time these kids grow up, programming jobs will still hold the status they do now?“Jobs in software development are increasing at a rate that’s double that of any other industry. There will be jobs. And whether or not kids choose to become programmers when they grow up, understanding technology is still a very important skill,” said Huebner. “Technology is a huge part of our lives and it’s only going to become more a part of our lives. It’s not ever going to go away.”center_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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China push India to snooker silver

first_imgAfter the high of Pankaj Advani’s gold in billiards on Sunday, a silver for the snooker team on Tuesday was a bit disappointing. Yet, the bigger reality was how India lost the final to China (1-3).There are more medals up for grabs in the green baize sport, but what’s indeed creditable is how the hosts have worked hard to prove their mettle in a new sport. The man who is best equipped to comment on the new phenomenon of Chinese learning the tricks of the trade is none other than Geet Sethi. When cue sports were introduced at the Bangkok Asiad Games in 1998, India were the kings. Now, it seems, the story is not the same.On Tuesday, Sethi was in the Doordarshan commentary box when Yasin Merchant struggled against World No. 4 Ding Junhui in the crucial singles. In the 100- point format, the Indians still need to catch up.Ding made short work of his Indian opponent without giving him any chance to visit the table. With a 2-1 lead in the bestof- five-frames game, the Chinese would not have even allowed Merchant the luxury of a good break, even if it was in his hands.The other team members – Aditya Mehta and Brijesh Damani – were mere spectators. Such was his play that Ding did everything with clockwork precision. He notched up a comfortable 97 to take the frame and the gold for his team. In contrast, Asian champion Merchant could do nothing but applaud the Chinese’s fluent play.advertisementAnd that is why Sethi calls Ding a young sensation. “This guy is simply superb,” summed up the Indian legend in one word. Talking about the progress the Chinese have made in cue sport, Sethi couldn’t but admire the commitment of the players, the system and the facilities being given to them.”Somebody told me after the Beijing Olympics about a comment by China’s sports minister where he had said he was ashamed that his country’s sportspersons could not win some gold medals in athletics.This was after the hosts had topped the list of medal tally with some 50-odd gold medals. This also shows the commitment of the government, which wants the country to rule the sporting world,” said Sethi, giving full marks to the system.Merchant, too, saluted the way the Chinese had prepared this time. “We had beaten them at Vietnam (Indoor Games) last year but the amount of preparation they have put in for these Games is mindboggling. I can only salute their efforts,” said the former Asian champion.Ding, a 23-year-old, has already won three ranking tournaments, including the sport’s biggest – the UK championships – and his triumph in the China Open was watched by an estimated 110 million in his homeland. The Chinese are already looking at a positive effect for cue sport in general and snooker in particular. It’s definitely on after Ding proved who the master at the table was.last_img read more

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Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong determined to get back into ONE title contention

first_imgFilpina dynamo Gina Iniong from Team Lakay. ONE CHAMPIONSHP PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Watching her stablemates Geje Eustaquio and Joshua Pacio lose their gold in ONE Championship lit up a fire in Gina Iniong and she vowed to win every single fight presented upon her with conviction.Iniog will take her first step towards her personal quest when she takes on Jhin Radzuan in the undercard of ONE: Clash of Legends on Feb. 16 at Impact Arena in Bangkok.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Shorthanded Alaska demolishes Columbian MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Despite her recent struggles, Iniong is determined to put on a show and start off 2019 on the right foot.“I am still hoping to get a shot at the ONE Women’s World atomweight title and fight Angela Lee,” said Iniong. “One of my dreams is to challenge her because I want to be a World champion.”“I am working double hard in training by pushing myself to the limits. I follow my coaches’ advise in every turn. We focus on my weaknesses in training and they gave me a lot of time on my ground game.”ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They can expect an aggressive and determined Gina Iniong. Anything can happen in a fight and I don’t want it to go the judges’ scorecards,” said Iniong (7-4).Pacio was the first of Team Lakay’s World champions to lose his strap when he lost his World strawweight belt to Yosuke Saruta on Jan. 19 while Eustaquio lost his World flyweight championship to Adriano Moraes six days later.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIniong, a six-time Philippine Wushu Champion, was regarded as one of the best atomweights coming up in ONE promotion having won her first matches in the promotion until she lost to Mei Yamaguchi in November of 2017 via unanimous decision.She then went on to split her next two matches winning against Jenny Huang via unanimous decision before losing to Istela Nunes in the same manner in her last fight on July 7, 2018. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

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