Tech for Good Summit April 2023

The Scottish Tech Army works to mobilise Scotland’s tech talent for good and to aggregate, amplify and augment the tech for good ecosystem in Scotland.

Foundation CEO Marcella Boyle was delighted to join STA’s annual Summit this year, to discuss creating positive change through cross sector collaboration. Marcella has been an Ambassador of the STA for three years, raising awareness of the specialist volunteering tech army to the third sector across Scotland and beyond.  

Marcella joined Ilaria Albanese from JP Morgan Chase, Alicia Clyde from Glasgow Caledonian University, and Peter Proud from Forrit, to discuss how the Tech for Good ecosystem spans all sectors, and that within each there are examples of great work being done, although there is a huge amount of untapped potential in collaboration between sectors. The panel talked about how organisations can join forces across sectors to build on work that is already taking place and what they could achieve by doing so.

Marcella said, “The Summit provides an opportunity to listen and engage with supporters, volunteers and STA customers. I know, from the Foundation’s own charity partners, the specialist support and impact the tech army has in solving challenges. I’d encourage third sector organisations to engage directly with the growing number of volunteers: you really can make a difference to people’s lives and communities”.

Find out more about the Scottish Tech Army and the Tech for Good Summit.

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2022 Round up

Welcome to our 2022 summary from the Hymans Robertson Foundation.

As we emerged from early 2022 Covid restrictions, we were met with an emerging cost of living crisis in the UK. Vulnerable young people and communities were increasingly impacted by rising costs and already stretched resources and services across the UK.

Our grant making commitments are guided by our principles: to secure financial futures for young people and make a positive change to communities through fundraising and volunteering. In 2022, demand for new grants increased from existing charity partners and those that had approached the Foundation for support. We had tough decisions to make. We continued to listen and be advised by our charity partners, our stakeholders and like-minded funders, ensuring we prioritised our resources to areas of most need and where we could make real differences to young people and communities. Thank you to all our partners, who bring life to the Foundation’s commitments.

We were able to offer multiyear grants to a range of charity partners which included new partners in London and Birmingham.  We also fully embedded our new mental health and wellbeing charity partner, Lifelink, with our charity network, ensuring that young people (and charity staff) who needed support could access expert help quickly.

The Board continued to directly support young people through the Foundation Bursary. £48,500 was committed during the financial year 2021/ 2022 for charities supporting young people and a further £30,000 was approved in 2022 to help young people in real hardship. Our thanks to all the charities who distribute these funds.

Find out more about the impact the funding has directly had on young people’s lives.

In 2022, our volunteers kept going that extra mile. Our extended charity network has offered specialist, active and virtual volunteering opportunities for Hymans Robertson LLP’s staff, and the mutual benefit from volunteering is now widely recognised by LLP’s staff. Although we’ve not quite returned to pre-pandemic levels, we have seen a fantastic increase in volunteering hours and fundraising activity during the year.   

Our Board of Trustees also experienced change, with new colleagues joining and established Trustees leaving the Board including the announcement from our own Chair that he’s stepping down in March 2023. Without the direction, challenge and support of our Board, the Foundation simply couldn’t deliver. Thanks to all our Trustees for your support and commitment.

Read our 2020/21 financial year annual report.

2023 brings the Foundation ongoing challenges, such as the cost of living and energy costs crisis and the need for charity partners to seek additional funding for existing and new services. The Foundation will continue to listen and support our charity network and, where possible, make meaningful introductions for our charity partners with other funders and bodies. Our support for our partners has, and will continue to be, a key element of our work and our partners tell us, a real and tangible benefit of being a Foundation partner. Our value goes beyond our funding. We remain fully committed to contributing real value to young people and communities across the UK.

Marcella Boyle


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Foundation reaches £1million grant-giving milestone

Over £1million of grants to charitable causes has been distributed by The Hymans Robertson Foundation, representing a huge milestone since it was first established in 2016.

The Hymans Robertson Foundation is the principal means of charitable giving for the leading pensions and financial services consultancy, Hymans Robertson LLP. With a 10-year strategic ambition to distribute £2million through charitable giving by 2026, the Foundation has reached a significant milestone of £1 million distributed to its charity and community partners. The Foundation strives to make a difference to the lives of people and communities in the UK facing disadvantage, with particular focus on helping to secure betterfinancial futures for disadvantaged young people by supporting the delivery of financial capability and employability skills training via strategic charity partnerships.

Commenting on the latest milestone from the Hymans Robertson Foundation, the Foundation’s Chair, Clive Fortes said: 

“In its short life, the Foundation has funded charities through multi-year grants across the UK that deliver vital financial education and employability support to vulnerable young people. Securing financial futures is a key priority for the Foundation and, through our funding to charities, we see the positive impact we have had on young people securing and maintaining a positive destination. On behalf of the Board, a huge thanks to our funder and to the charities we support.”

The Foundation’s Bursary for young people is a key element of its mission to improve the financial futures of disadvantaged young people. In 2021/22, bursary grants were distributed via charity and community-based partners, to support young people aged 16 to 25 to remain in, or move into, education, training, volunteering or employment. The small grant funding programme covered a range of items and expenses including essential digital/data kit, travel, clothing, PPE equipment, educational materials, driving lessons, energy and food and care costs. A total of 266 young people across Scotland, North-East England, the Midlands and in London were directly supported through this scheme in 2021/22.

Commenting on the support provided by the Hymans Robertson Foundation, Katherine Bell, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Princes’ Trust, said

“We are delighted with the support that the Foundation has provided to the young people we work with.  The Foundation’s 3-year funding commitment to us ensures we can deliver programmes aimed at securing young people’s financial futures. In addition, the Bursary Programme is one of the most flexible ways our charity can help young people. The cost-of-living crisis is increasing the barriers to accessing employment and education, for example the costs of travel, and clothing that is suitable for interviews.  Recent bursary awards have covered items including monthly bus passes until first wage, clothes, and shoes for first interviews, laptops, chef whites, and fuel vouchers.  This all has tremendous impact and long-term benefits.”

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Catching up with the LSA

Lucy Steers and Sarah Gilmour, trustees with the Hymans Robertson Foundation board, were recently invited to visit our charity partners, the London Screen Academy.

Nancy Horlock, Foundation Director at the Screen Academy Foundation, showed Lucy and Sarah around the Academy, housed in a converted 1930’s factory in Islington (historically significant as the location where a British electronics company manufactured the UK’s first television set in 1936.)

Lucy said, “It was great to visit Nancy and her team, and chat through all the brilliant work they do. We loved seeing the impact our funding has for the academy and its students. The academy is looking to make the film and media industry more inclusive and is specifically looking to support young people from lower socioeconomic and disadvantaged backgrounds to get the vocational skills they need to get into paid employment in the industry. From outreach programmes to attract students into the academy to alumni support once they leave, the academy is doing amazing things to help young people towards a better future. “

The Hymans Robertson Foundation recently approved 3-year funding for a neurodiversity project with the London Screen Academy, and the trustees plan to visit again in the spring to catch up with Nancy and her team, and to meet students who are supported by the funding.

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Trustees’ Week 2022

Trustees’ week runs from 7 to11 Nov 2022, and is an annual event showcasing the great work trustees do.

There are almost 1 million trustees across the UK, and the positive impact they have is crucial to the charity and voluntary sector.

Foundation Trustee Tracey Washbrooke recently re-joined the board, and said, “When I first joined Hymans in 2013, I was aware of the Helping Hands teams and supported some of the fundraising activities in the office. I then signed up for some volunteering with Mencap doing a half day session with young people on a college course looking at money matters – that was just the start of my journey as I had always been interested in community and charity work (e.g. fundraising through sponsored events and being a Trustee for two small charities in the North of England). I am now based in the West Midlands and first joined the Foundation as a Trustee in 2017 seeing it as a great opportunity to support a range of charities and young people across the UK. After rejoining Hymans in April 2022, I returned to the Trustee Board in October 2022 and am looking forward to getting involved with projects, fundraising and volunteering!”

Find out more about Trustees’ Week.

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HRF support for financially vulnerable young people across the UK

The Hymans Robertson Foundation has confirmed the charity partners receiving multiyear funding over the next 3 years. We are continuing our partnerships with Barnardo’s, the Prince’s Trust, MyBnk, FARE Scotland and Works +. New partners include London Screen Academy and St Basil’s. Our funding supports a range of employability, education and financial education services focussed on young people across the UK.

In addition, the Foundation will provide 2-year funding to LifeLink. Our new partnership with LifeLink is a response to the growing need of young people to access support for their mental health and wellbeing. Support will also be extended to charity partners’ staff.

Our total committed funding to our charities over the next 3 years is more than £470,000.  For our smaller and mid-size charity partners, we are also providing an unrestricted grant towards their core costs.

The Foundation’s CEO Marcella Boyle said, “We recognise the challenge of the cost-of-living crisis, particularly the impact and added stress to communities across the UK. Our support for our charity partners enables them to focus on supporting low income and financially vulnerable young people, and we are proud to continue to work with these vital organisations.”

In addition, the Foundation continues to fund the Hymans Robertson Bursary for young people. The bursary offers up to £300 for eligible young people across the UK to support them to stay in or achieve a positive destination in education, learning and employment. Over 100 young people have already been supported in 2022, with bursaries meeting the costs of travel, clothing for work, examination costs, IT and data kits, fuel and care costs. 

One of the bursary recipients told the Foundation, “The bursary has really helped me feel like I can go to college and maybe get a career I like, and it also gives me a break from caring responsibilities.”

Find out more about who we support and the impact we have.

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DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal Donation

In response to the desperate situation which continues to unfold in Pakistan, the Hymans Robertson Foundation has recently made a donation of £5,000, on behalf of the firm, to DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal | Disasters Emergency Committee.

It’s been more than two months since the record monsoon rains began, affecting more than 30 million people and leaving more than 6 million in urgent need. At one point more than a third of Pakistan was underwater, and across the country more than 1.7 million home have been destroyed or badly damaged and whole villages remain submerged or cut off. Many people have been left homeless and facing huge challenges, and alongside a lack of food and clean water there is an increasing risk of waterborne diseases including cholera and dengue fever.

Support from across the UK, including matched funding from UK Government, has already reached £25million but rain continues to fall in some of the worst hit areas. Eleven DEC charities are currently engaged directly and with local authorities and other agencies, to provide emergency relief, with the immediate priorities to provide temporary shelter, emergency food support and access to clean water and medical care.

Visit the DEC website for further details or to make a donation directly.

Our priority right now is to help save and protect lives as waters continue to rise. The scale of these floods has caused a shocking level of destruction – crops have been swept away and livestock killed across huge swathes of the country, which means hunger will follow” said Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee

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Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Hymans Robertson Foundation Partners with Lifelink to bring professional counselling and wellbeing support to more young people throughout the UK.

The Foundation is delighted to welcome Lifelink to our charity network. Through working closely with our partners who are supporting young people across the UK, we recognise that young people are experiencing high levels of anxiety and social isolation. Poorer levels of mental health and wellbeing are adding to the barriers some young people already face moving into, or staying in, positive destinations.

Now in its 30th year, Lifelink is a social enterprise and registered Scottish Charity, focused on supporting people to make positive changes in their lives, by helping them realise their own abilities to cope with stress and find ways of overcoming anxiety and depression. Lifelink is bringing professional counselling and wellbeing support to the young people supported by our existing charity partners, as well as to those who support them through this work.

Read more about our partnership here.

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Tech for Good

This month (28 April 2021), our CEO, Marcella Boyle, was pleased to join a panel discussion as part of the Scottish Tech Army (STA) “Tech for Good Summit“, alongside STA’s Alistair Forbes, Geoff Huggins from the Scottish Government, Ilaria Albanese from JP Morgan Chase, and Jane Morrison-Ross from South of Scotland Enterprise. The panel discussed Scotland’s opportunity to strengthen and develop “tech for good” volunteering within the third sector in Scotland. 

The panel focused on the very much alive and kicking, Tech for Good Ecosystem in Scotland, and the roles and contributions that organisations can make as part of the overall mission, including how the ecosystem supports the charity, volunteer, employer and customer. The challenge identified by STA is how to aggregate efforts and amplify this to reach further.

Catch the replay and discover more here: “Tech for Good Ecosystem – Aggregate and Amplify

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Extending our Bursary – supporting more Young People across the U.K.

This month, we recognize a sad one-year anniversary as the ongoing pandemic and its restrictions continue to impact on people and communities.

The Prince’s Trust launched its annual Index (January 2021) with very sobering feedback from young people across the UK[1].  This year’s Youth Index, which surveyed 2,180 16-25 year olds from across the UK, reveals:

  • 60% of young people say that getting a new job feels “impossible now” because there is so much competition
  • a quarter (24%) of young people claim that the pandemic has “destroyed” their career aspirations
  • Young people state that they are more likely to feel anxious now than at any other time since the Youth Index was first launched over a decade ago

Bursary 2020 Background

In October we launched the Hymans Robertson Bursary, aimed at retaining 16-25 year olds in education, training, volunteering or employment. The Fund is nationwide and supported by four Foundation charity partners (Barnardo’s, FARE, Prince’s Trust and Works+). Our financial education partner (MyBnk – Delivering expert-led financial education to young people) also provides wrap services around the Bursary for young people receiving funding.

Our Impact

Over the last 3 months, charity partners identified over 50 young people in the Scottish Borders, Glasgow and North England to be supported by the Bursary. Young people have been able to access funding for a range of employability and training needs (including driving lessons, interview clothing, work and training kit (tools, digital and data).  We also recognize that needs relating to mental health and wellbeing are increasing and the Bursary has been able to support young people access wellbeing sessions with trusted providers.

“the funding gave me the chance to settle in at work without worry about how I was going to get there for the first couple of months”

“the Bursary has allowed me to progress to the Employability Fund Stage 2 course”

“I have just progressed to further training and I’ll be able to do my course work independently at home with my laptop”.

“I’ve secured a new job and feel supported and far less chaotic than I did before. I’m feeling positive about my future”

What’s Next?

The Foundation is committed to supporting young people who, with a little help, can access or continue in training, volunteering and employment. From April 2021, we will double our funding for the Bursary Fund and involve a wider range of our community based charities across the UK. That means over 200 more young people will be supported in 2021/22.  Similar to our crisis approach (Hardship Fund), we will work with our local offices and communities to ensure the Bursary is accessible to young people most in need.

Get In Touch

If you feel the Bursary can support you or vulnerable young people you know, please get in touch. We can connect you to one of our charity partners who can help you access Bursary funding.

[1] Youth Index 2021 | Research, policies and reports | About The Trust | The Prince’s Trust (

For information please contact Marcella Boyle, CEO, at

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