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A 10-step guide to make your social media content more accessible

May 21, 2020

Now more than ever, people are taking to social media to connect and offer services. For many of us, social media posts can be tricky to navigate and understand. Here we’ve compiled a guide to help you make your social media more accessible for a wide audience. 

  1. Consider the ‘readability’ of your posts, make your content easy to understand for its intended users. 
    Avoid unnecessarily complex language, keep what you’re saying simple and easy to read. Here’s our favourite readability checker
     
  2. When writing a post, use short sentences broken up with punctuation and paragraph breaks. 
    Long sentences with little punctuation will make your post difficult to read and it won’t allow screen readers to pause, which can make your post hard to understand. 
     
  3. Capitalise the first letter of every word in a hashtag #LikeThis so that people can read each word individually. Don’t use more hashtags than necessary. 
    If you don’t capitalise the first letter of each word in a hashtag – it will make it difficult for people and screen readers to read it. Using too many hashtags can make your post heavy and complicated. 
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How are With Music In Mind adapting to COVID-19?

May 20, 2020

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support their communities.

In this blog we’re talking to With Music In Mind based in the Vale of Glamorgan. They tackle loneliness in their community by providing singing and social opportunities for people aged 50+, including those living with dementia and their families. They’ve been moving as much of their work online as possible whilst supporting less-confident members to access social media and online technology. We spoke to Kate Whitestone, Director at With Music In Mind to find out more: Read more…

How Ponthafren Association are adapting to COVID-19 

May 18, 2020
Woman on phone

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support their communities.

For Mental Health Awareness week, we’re talking to Ponthafren Association based in Newtown, Powys. They provide a range of mental health support for people in the local area including counselling and mentoring. They took steps early to minimise disruption to their services, and have since adapted their services online to meet the needs of their community. We spoke to Claire Cartwright, Director at Ponthafren to find out more:   Read more…

How Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA) are adapting to COVID-19 

May 5, 2020

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support their communities thanks to a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

In this blog we’re talking to Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA) based in Llanelli. CYCA provide a range of wellbeing support for families including counselling and mentoring, and also provide nurseries and after-school clubs for young children. Recently, they’ve been focusing their efforts on adapting their services online to meet the needs of their community. We spoke to Tracy Pike MBE, CEO of CYCA to find out more:  Read more…

How Glenwood Church are adapting to the COVID-19 crisis

April 27, 2020

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support and help their communities.

We will be focusing on groups that are continuing to operate and keep people connected be that preparing food parcels for key workers, redesigning their websites to include dedicated sections on COVID-19, or even running 1-1 sessions via text messages. You can read our first blog on Men’s Sheds Cymru here and our second one on Dynamic Wrexham here. Read more…

How Dynamic Wrexham are adapting to COVID-19

April 21, 2020

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support and help their communities.

We are focusing on three of such groups that are continuing to operate and keep people connected be that preparing food parcels for key workers, redesigning their websites to include dedicated sections on COVID-19, or even running 1-1 sessions via text messages. You can read our first blog on Men’s Sheds Cymru  here. Read more…

How Men’s Sheds Cymru are adapting to COVID-19

April 16, 2020

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting on many of the groups funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, but we are also very proud of how those we fund in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors are adapting their services to support and help their communities.

Over the next week we will be focusing on three of such groups that are continuing to operate and keep people connected be that preparing food parcels for key workers, redesigning their websites to include dedicated sections on COVID-19, or even running 1-1 sessions via text messages. Read more…

Young people: We want to you to join our team and make a difference for young people in Wales!

March 3, 2020
Young people in the lead

What is the Young People in the Lead Wales team?

At The National Lottery Community Fund, we have big plans for 2020 as we work to make sure that the voices of young people, 16-24 years old, are included in all our work, whether it’s through the grants we make, the people we influence or the things we learn.

In Wales, we’re especially excited this year to start working on a new funding programme which will award grants for projects that support young people. We want to make sure young people’s voices play a huge part in shaping and designing this funding. That’s why we’re looking for a dynamic team of young people across Wales to work closely with us to develop the programme. Read more…

Being people-led is a key theme we look for in all applications to The National Lottery Community Fund

February 28, 2020

Ruth Bates, Head of Communications and Engagement (Wales) explains what this means for community groups wanting to apply to The National Lottery Awards for All, which funds awards from £300 to £10,000.

Putting people in the lead means the people you’ll be working with will need to be meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of your project. Within the application you’ll need to demonstrate this.

Simply put, people in the lead means speaking to whoever you’re trying to work with. We’re flexible about how you do that. We’re also realistic about how it looks depending on the size of your organisation. But we do need to see the community involved in the project’s development and its delivery. We want to fund projects developed with people, not done to them. Read more…

Grants top-up scheme to support climate action

November 25, 2019

Earlier this year we launched a £100 million fund to support projects across the UK to take action on climate change. The Climate Action Fund, which is now open to applications will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. Read more…