Trust Admin News

March 2021 

VAL Funding Fair

The Trust Administration team will be taking part in the Voluntary Action Leicester (VAL) Funding Fair on Tuesday 23rd March between 10am – 4.30pm.

The online events is an opportunity for Leicester city based charities community groups and social enterprises to speak directly to funders.

For more details click here.


January 2021

Charity Link Small Grants Scheme update 

Grants of up to £500 are currently available for local charitable organisations for projects that will benefit:

• People in financial need, hardship or distress in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, or
• Older people in Leicester city

Organisations can also apply for help with their general running costs, provided they can demonstrate that their ongoing work meets one of the objectives above.

For further details, scheme guidelines and application form please visit the website:

Trust Administrator Katie Scranage said, “We still have funds remaining for this financial year under these two objectives, and would encourage local groups to apply.”

Please contact Charity Link’s Trust Administration service with any queries: email or call 0116 222 2200.


August 2020

Event for Small Charities 

Are you a Trustee or do you know someone who is involved in the running of a small charity in the Midlands? Our expert Trust Administration team are hosting an online event on Wednesday 30th September and will, with the help of a number of expert speakers, give advice on managing small charities through and beyond the pandemic crisis. If you’d like to receive more details on this event please email

June 2020 

Samvar first approached Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation in 2017, while doing a Foundation course at the Birmingham School of Acting. Samvar’s mum is a single parent on a low income, and could not afford to help with Samvar’s travel and living expenses while he was studying. We helped Samvar again in 2018 with the cost of attending auditions at drama schools. When he gained a place at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the Foundation awarded a grant to help with his first year’s accommodation and living costs, and has now approved a further grant of £5,000 towards his second year starting in September 2020. 23 year old Samvar said, “I have learned so much and grown an incredible amount as an actor and a person. I was only able to do this with the funding you provided.”

As well as his full-time studies, Samvar continues to work at weekends to support himself. “Things in London are ever so expensive,” he said. “I have been really good at budgeting, and have managed to live so far without having to eat just pot noodles!”

“Even though I have enjoyed this year, I cannot push aside the fact that it’s been ever so hard. Especially on my mental health. The workload of the training is a lot – 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, plus homework, and working both days of the weekend at my job. One thing I will say is that my organisation skills have definitely increased!”

The Foundation is proud to have supported Samvar on his journey so far towards becoming a professional actor. We wish him all the best with the second year of his course at Mountview.

Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation provides grants for education and training costs to people aged under 25 who are in need of financial assistance. Visit
The Foundation is administered by Charity Link’s Trust Administration service. For details, please email


May 2020

Carl says thank you

Our Trust Administration Team have just received a lovely thank you message from Carl who was awarded a grant for forklift truck training from Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation.

Carl says: “I just wanted to give you an update since I took my forklift training. I am now employed full time as a forklift driver. This has helped enable my family to move to a better home in a nicer area – the forklift training has played a massive part in this by giving me the opportunity to earn a better wage and give myself a better life…”


The Thomas Harley Trust awards latest school grants 

Sue Stevenson, one of Charity Link’s Trust Administrators, has received a lovely thank you message from the Headteacher at Ivanhoe College in Ashby de la Zouch which was provided with a grant from the Thomas Harley Trust (one of the many charities utilising our Trust Administration services) for school meals during the Easter holidays when children of key workers / vulnerable children were attending the school but no food provision was provided:

“Thank you so much for the cheque we received last week for £1,600 to support the families of Ivanhoe students during the Covid-19 crisis. Please pass on our thanks to all the Trustees for this generous support which is very much appreciated and has supported some of the most vulnerable families in the area with funding to replace their Free School Meals at this difficult time.”

Other schools receiving grants were:
Stephenson School – £2,000.00 towards English software for disadvantaged students.
Whitwick School – £2,500.00 for new laptops.
Newbold Coleorton School – £5,000.00 towards an outdoor all weather play/sports area.
Griffydam School – £5,000.00 towards an outdoor learning cabin.

To find out more visit the charity’s website.


April 2020 

Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation client story: 

24 year old Lily is studying for a degree in Medical Genetics part-time because she has autism, severe dyslexia and anxiety. Lily is from a low income household, and has caring responsibilities at home. Despite the challenges she faces, Lily is an outstanding student who is attaining first class results, but because she’s studying part-time, Lily was unable to get financial help to cover the full cost of her tuition fees this year. Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation awarded a grant of £4,625 to make sure that Lily can continue with her studies and fulfil her potential. Find out more about Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation here.


March 2020

Service Update in light of the Covid-19  Pandemic:

Whilst some of the team are working from home, we are continuing to run our Trust Administration Services during these unprecedented times. Please contact us with any queries.


November 2019

We are currently recruiting for a Trust Administration Assistant.  Applications close on Monday 9th December.  Please see our vacancies page for full details.


Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation client story: After completing her degree, 22 year old Natalie wanted to further her education by studying for a Masters in Accounting & Finance.  As a lone parent to a young daughter, Natalie was struggling to pay for childcare while studying, especially since she was estranged from her family, and had fled domestic violence.  Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation awarded £4,000 to cover the nursery fees for Natalie’s daughter so that Natalie could fulfil her potential.


October 2019

Update on the service:

Our Trust Administration service provides administrative and governance support to a wide range of local charities.

The past two years have seen our client base grow to incorporate an almshouse charity, an animal charity and a windfarm community benefit fund, among others.  The service we provide is tailored to the needs of each charity, and ranges from purely clerking meetings to a full range of financial administration and governance support services.

Sue Stevenson joined the Trust Administration team in March 2019, and provides support to a growing portfolio of diverse charity clients.  Sue said, “Working with a growing and diverse range of trusts is very interesting and rewarding. It is a pleasure to work with dedicated Trustees who respect the interests of their charity and wish to ensure charities will continue to be fit for purpose for future generations.”

Fellow Trust Administrator Katie Scranage has been with us since 2012, with a portfolio of mainly grant-making charities that provide assistance to local people in need.  “It is important for us to be responsive to the particular needs of the Board of Trustees of each charity,” said Katie.  “We make sure that we are providing practical support that helps to best achieve their charitable objects, whilst ensuring consistent good practice in governance.”


 Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation client stories:

Tomasz is 24, and works as an assembler in a large factory. It’s a hard job, with lots of heavy lifting, and Tomasz has started to have problems with his elbow. He wanted to train as a forklift truck driver, but couldn’t afford the course fees on his low income. Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation agreed to cover the £1,194 cost of forklift truck training so that Tomasz can move on with his career.

22 year old Miremba came to the UK from Uganda 12 years ago, but as her permanent residency still has not been approved, she has not been able to access student finance since starting her studies to be a Paramedic. Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation has supported Miremba throughout her studies, and has just granted £5,000 to ensure that she can do the final year of her degree course.

Miremba said, “Without your help and support I would not have made it to 3rd year at university. Thank you for believing in me and ensuring that I can complete my course and be part of the workforce that saves lives.”

Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation provides grants for education and training to young people in Leicester and Leicestershire. Visit for further details and application forms. The Foundation is administered by Charity Link through our Trust Administration service.