Growing Groups

Working for the Voluntary Sector in Hastings

Do they get it?

I’ve just had one of those classic email requests from the East Sussex County Council, asking if I can shunt four documents round for them, to advertise a grant opportunity for young people.  Apart from simply seeing email as a replacement for the postal service and a way to save on stamps, it really misses out on the concept that the VCS is communicating with people in a range of ways rather than just pressing the ‘forward’ button.

The message itself  says ” this fund is available for young people to apply for grant funds to improve local youth facilities – it is not a fund for adults to apply from”.

Excusing the fact that you apply TO rather than FROM, this just seems to fail to use all the resources that could be used to put the message out.

Grant opportunity – great, but why can’t they use their own website to post the documents and just send us a link to include in e newsletters, our own website, blogs etc (I could have even included it here!).

Putting aside the fact that an increasing number of younger people now look on email as being ‘for old people’  it would just be so much more effective in getting the message out (and responses back)!


August 12, 2008 - Posted by | voluntary |


  1. did you get it posted on the HVA site? If so I’ll send a note round to the SCIP email list…

    Comment by scipmark | August 12, 2008

  2. Thanks Mark
    It turns out that its the Youth Capital Fund and the County had created a page to advertise it- though not circulated it with the email (I’m not sure if thats better or worse really)
    Anyway, it looks like our Fundraising Advisor picked up on it in his regular newletter,

    Your very welcome to circulate anyone else to let them know the full info is available at:

    but all the important info is online at

    Comment by johnathva | August 12, 2008

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