The Rank Foundation, a charitable trust that promotes leadership development and enterprise within the social sector, is celebrating today after being awarded £3.3 million from The National Lottery Community Fund to support the expansion of its successful ‘Time to Shine’ programme.
Time to Shine provides paid opportunities within the charity sector for people experiencing underemployment, while simultaneously addressing gaps in skills and capacity both within individual charities and the wider social sector.
The National Lottery funding will enable the programme to roll out across the UK, increasing the number of individuals and organisations eligible for the programme and allowing it to be better tailored to specific operational and business development challenges faced by small and medium-sized charities.
Caroline Broadhurst, Deputy CEO at The Rank Foundation, said:
“Our partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund is a great boost for the Time to Shine Leadership Programme. The Rank Foundation and the Fund share a passion for bringing new talent and skills into the social sector, whilst future-proofing the role of small and medium-sized charities. This grant will help to scale Time to Shine across the UK with a wider reach than ever before.”
The Rank Foundation was first supported by National Lottery funding for its Time to Shine programme back in 2016, which was initially delivered across Northern Ireland. To date, dozens of leaders have been supported to both reach their potential and to be effective in their work placements. One leader, placed in a Belfast charity, raised £800,000 in her Time to Shine year, turning around the fortunes of the organisation – and has since started a master’s degree, while continuing to work for the charity.
Joe Ferns, UK Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:
“We are delighted that National Lottery funding is continuing to support The Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine programme, which helps those experiencing underemployment to find meaningful, secure work – alongside filling important skills and capacity gaps both within charities and the wider voluntary sector.”
“Now, thanks to National Lottery players, the programme will reach more people and organisations right across the UK, increasing its impact and enabling more communities to thrive.”