Covid-19 and economy and enterprise: Fellows’ case studies

Terence Stevens (above) has set up a website and blog to encourage tourist boards and the wider industry to share ideas and learnings at this difficult time for tourism

Churchill Fellows are taking action against Covid-19 in a multitude of crucial areas, including working on measures relating to economy and enterprise. Here are their latest activities and insights.

Heather-Jane Gray: remote working

Consultant Heather-Jane Gray is using the knowledge gained on her Churchill Fellowship on building successful virtual teams for the future to support and educate people in remote working at this time. As part of her organisation Synergy Global, she is offering free advice, webinars, coaching and discounted services on how to work more effectively as a virtual team, for organisations including charities and healthcare workers across the UK.

Fozia Irfan: fundraising 

Foundation Chief Executive Fozia Irfan has been responding to the need of local charities to secure emergency funding during the pandemic by launching a simple and easy way to apply for funding. Via her organisation, Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, Fozia has set up a collaboration of funders across Bedfordshire to provide grant funding as one entity.  All the major foundations and trusts within Bedfordshire are taking part so that they have one application form and one process for all charities in the county.  This means that instead of completing separate applications for grants, charities just need to submit one form and can focus on their work. Fozia is a 2020 Fellow and hasn't travelled yet. Her Fellowship topic will explore grantmaking and how to address inequality through a diversity, equity and inclusion framework.

Matt Little: young people

Social enterprise director Matt Little has been creating a new scheme for disadvantaged young people in Cornwall to engage them in social action within their community. Inspired by the Churchill Fellowship model, he will offer 10 young people "mini Fellowships" providing them with the opportunity to develop ideas and projects in response to the current crisis and the needs of their community. Whilst benefitting Cornwall, one of the poorest regions in the UK, this scheme will also allow the young people to develop their own enterprising potential at a time of uncertainty and lack of opportunity with rising unemployment. Matt received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant to support this work. Read Matt's Fellowship Report: How can we help children and young people become more socially enterprising?.

Terence Stevens: tourism 

Tourism consultant Terence Stevens has set up a website and blog to encourage tourist boards and the wider industry to share ideas and learnings at this difficult time for tourism. Within the first few weeks, his blog had more than 1,100 unique visitors from almost 50 countries around the world. Terence has been inspired into action by his Churchill Fellowship, which explored joint tourist community projects.

Emma Sullivan: careers advice

Company founder Emma Sullivan has been providing 16-25 year olds with online careers advice and putting them in touch with corporate volunteers for e-mentoring via her organisation Prospela which she co-founded. As a result of the pandemic, young people are experiencing the mass cancellation of in-person recruiting, skills-building and networking events and additionally face a climate of rising unemployment levels. Emma is using her Fellowship research to attempt to combat this. Her Fellowship explored how tech can embed volunteering in everyday corporate activities.

Fellows' activities on Covid-19

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