Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
After a successful first year, the Living by Giving Trust is looking to appoint two
new trustees who will help us develop our projects yet further. We invite applications
from people who are...
- enthusiastic about the contribution that charities make to society
- able to demonstrate their commitment to voluntary work
- supportive of our aims to improve the condition of people’s lives, as described in our Trust Deed and on our website (www.livingbygivingtrust.com)
- willing to work as part of a team of Trustees, which meets about four times a year, normally in London
- able to add skills to our Board, such as fundraising, publicity, outreach, administration, etc
To apply please send a letter of introduction by Friday 25 November 2011 to Matt Betts by emailing: email@example.com. For further information, please contact our chairman, Johan Bergström-Allen, by emailing:firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful applicants will be invited to interview in central London on the evening of Friday 2 December 2011.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
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Monday, 24 October 2011
Thank you to all our supporters who came along to our First Birthday Party on Saturday 22 October 2011 and to all those who donated towards our event.
We have many people to thank, but we would like to publicly thank the following people for their help in making the event a success:
Firstly, we would like to thank our fundraising committee, for helping the trustees with organisation and for being heavily involved on the night: Anna Ball, Terri Betts, Jane Cadogan, Pippa Hembry, Andrew Loynd, Patrick Noble and Alex Turvey – thank you all for your incredible efforts.
A big thank you also goes to the following people (in no particular order):
- Philomena and Mary for preparing all the wonderful food, and to Jane for your invaluable help in the kitchen all night
- Christophe and Lina for helping behind the bar
- The Bikini Beach Band
- Paul and Tony – our brilliant DJ’s
- Pauline – for cake, sausage rolls, and babysitting
- John for various logistics and bringing us all the drinks
- Claudine – for driving Steve to collect things
- Duncan & Chloe for providing the PA system
- Errol Bracken for his speech (and dancing)
- Neil and Sophie for the lights
- Janet for her generosity
- Bluepepper Design
- All those who donated a prize to our raffle
- Gibbs Hartley Cooper for their generosity
- The Arundell family
- The CA
- The British Province of Carmelites
- Walworth Parish, but especially Kevin and Francis
- All the Lourdites!
- Kerry Betts and The Happy Tea Company
- www.costumes4ushop.co.uk for loaning various props
- The amazing staff at the St Bride Foundation
- All the trustees! Dail, Matt, Johan, Sadie and Stephen
If you would still like to donate to us, please visit here, and thank you!
The Living by Giving Trust
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
I’m Roy Scivyer, I come from St Albans and the Living by Giving Trust have helped to support my work with Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e.V (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, or ASF for short). Thanks to their support, I have had a year in which I have seen my preconceptions of Europe’s past, present and future change dramatically.
ASF is a German charity set up in the wake of the Second World War originally to give young Germans the chance to perform small acts of atonement in lands affected by Nazi crimes. ASF now supports over 250 volunteers in thirteen countries in projects ranging from working in residential care homes to supporting economic migrants. In the 1980s ASF began to offer young people from outside Germany the opportunity to come and work in Concentration Camp Memorial Sites and German Jewish communities, in order to foster an atmosphere of cultural exchange.
I was given the opportunity to work with the Protestant Church of Reconciliation at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, just outside Munich. I originally came to Dachau (which is also a beautiful Bavarian town) with the hope of learning something about German culture and how Germans deal with the past, as well as dealing with the legacy of one of history’s most notorious crimes..
My main work in Dachau has been giving tours of the memorial site, which as we mainly have groups in German was quite a learning curve! It has been a humbling experience taking young Germans, some only thirteen years old, round the memorial site and in a way explaining their history to them. How do you explain the Nazi persecution of minorities to someone? It is a question that I still find hard to answer. I talk about how people were dehumanised, how the concentration camp system developed and thrived, though I still cannot answer why. All groups are different. Some groups are tired and simply want to go home, others ask questions and test my still limited German!
While in Dachau I have also had the pleasure of coordinating the Remembrance Book for the Prisoners of Dachau Concentration Camp, which gives people the chance to research the life of a former prisoner and produce a four page biography to be inserted into the book. Over 150 have so far been written, and a corresponding exhibition and brochure, Names Instead of Numbers, has also led to international success. Over the course of the year I have coordinated the display of the exhibition in the United States of America for the first time, and it is my hope that by the time I leave there will be dates booked well into 2012, including the first displays in Canada.
All the work I have done in Dachau has been accompanied by a number of other smaller events, such as meetings with survivors from countries in the former Soviet Union, which have made me think beyond this history. We learn about the Nazi persecutions not only in order to remember the victims and their names, but so that we may understand the present as well. I have lost count how many intercultural associations and youth exchanges there are here, and ASF is often found working alongside them. Germany is not only geographically the centre of Europe, but also politically as well. I have been shocked to find out just how many Russian speakers there are in Munich and Germany, as well as how many Poles. In April I attended an event run by a number of Munich residents affected by the Chernobyl disaster in 1985. Europe is no longer something ‘across the English Channel’ for me, but a complex and wonderful multicultural mix, and one which I can no longer ignore.
ASF gives young people the chance to really engage with what it means to be a European. Its original purpose remains vital to its work, especially given European society is still marked by what happened over two thirds of a century ago, though today it is helping us to see life in a globalised society not as something to overcome but as something to treasure and nurture. For that I am grateful to the Living by Giving Trust for their financial support for this extremely worthwhile cause.
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 10 January 2011
As we grow as a charity in the UK we would like to set up a small fundraising committee of like-minded people to help us in our fundraising goals. If you would like to be a part of our fundraising committee, please email Dail Maudsley at Dail@livingbygivingtrust.com.
There are no specific requirements other than being willing to get stuck in, but if you’re also creative and resourceful we definitely want to hear from you!
Saturday, 1 January 2011
The Frontline Homeless Soup Run Group has been running for over twenty years simply by the volunteering and goodwill of local people in Stamford Hill, North London who make sandwiches, tea, coffee, soup, etc for homeless people in central London every Saturday evening.
Recently the majority of the Group’s equipment was lost or stolen and they had no way of continuing with no budget to buy replacements until the Living by Giving Trust stepped in. It meant that the group could successfully serve the homeless during the Christmas period (some of our photos can be seen below).