Increasing wellbeing, challenging perceptions of disability, inspiring events, building partnerships, engaging volunteers, empowering disabled people, empowering young people, connecting generations and enabling/connecting communities.
We believe that through these outcomes, we create greater social cohesion. People are able to connect and work together; breaking down barriers to do with age, geography, background and religion. The activities that we fund are a powerful way to bring people together, find common ground and, through that, work better together across all areas of life.
Spirit’s Team London Ambassadors programme wins Department for Education Award
Team London Young Ambassadors, the Mayor of London's volunteering programme for schools co-funded by Spirit of 2012, has won the Department for Education (DfE) Character Award for Greater London.
Tackling loneliness and isolation through memories of sport
Spirit of 2012 funds Sporting Memories: Uniting Generations - a project designed to capture memories of Olympic and Paralympic Games gone by and to tackle social isolation amongst older people.
With loneliness and isolation being at the forefront of people’s minds this Christmas, Tony Jameson-Allen, Co-founder & Director of Sporting Memories Network, talks about how they are tackling this issue in a very unique way.
A spirited conversation with… Georgina Duffy
Spirit of 2012 was a partner of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and was chosen by the Scottish Government to create a sustainable physical activity programme - The Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund - to support the objectives of getting the least active people in Scotland more active.
The fund aims to reach those people who are classed as physically inactive and work with groups who are most at risk of inactivity. One of the eleven projects funded through the programme is Drumchapel Sport.
Vacancy: Head of Learning and Impact
Spirit of 2012 is currently recruiting for a Head of Learning and Impact.
Are you interested in how investment in sport, arts and volunteering can improve the wellbeing of people and communities? Are you experienced in monitoring and communicating those human and social impacts?
Team London Young Ambassadors
Check out a video about our London-wide project, Team London Young Ambassadors. An opportunity for pupils across the city to get involved in social action.
Spirit of 2012’s Youth Advisory Panel awards its first funding grants
Spirit of 2012’s Youth Advisory Panel (Spirit YAP) has awarded its first funding grants. Two separate awards of nearly £50,000 have been made to a young offenders’ reading project in Northern Ireland and a Plymouth-based intergenerational music project.
BARKING SPORTS PROGRAMME WINS SPIRIT OF 2012 CONNECTING COMMUNITIES BEDSA AWARD
Barking’s Al-Madina Centre won the Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award at this year’s Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs), following the delivery of an excellent sports programme and work connecting their local and diverse communities.
The awards celebrate sporting excellence within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. The Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award specifically recognises organisations, individuals or projects which have had a significant impact on bringing local communities together through sport or physical activity.
International Day of Disabled People - 3 December
Spirit of 2012 funds Unlimited Impact - an organisation that works with and supports young disabled artists and helps them reach out to wider and more diverse audiences. To coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Disabled People on 3 December, Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited Impact, writes here about the current state of play.
A spirited conversation with… Alex Le Guevel and Adam King
As part of the Spirit of Rugby programme, coordinated by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Spirit of 2012 funds Engage. Try. Convert. – a project that aims to involve previously disengaged communities across Northamptonshire in Rugby Union.
Challenge Fund - One Year on: Beacon Hill Arts
Having recently announced three new recipients of our Music and Dance Challenge Fund, we thought we would catch up with last year’s recipients to find out about their highlights of the year and any advice they have for this year’s successful projects, starting with Beacon Hill Arts...
The spirit of 2012 for me....
'The Spirit of 2012 for me...'
With the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games only 100 days away, Spirit’s Ben Brown looks back at the golden summer of 2012, his involvement, and his work with Spirit of 2012.
Spirit and England Athletics launch £900k London 2017 volunteering programme
Spirit of 2012 has awarded over £900,000 to England Athletics to deliver the volunteering element of ‘Team Personal Best’ – the inspiration programme of London 2017.
The funding was awarded in response to research commissioned by Spirit and conducted by England Athletics for a volunteering programme which aims to increase the number, diversity and skillsets of athletics volunteers.
Jonnie Peacock calls on fans to join him in supporting National Paralympic Day
Paralympic Champion Jonnie Peacock calls on the British public to joing the celebrations for National Paralympic Day on Sunday July 26.
Spirit of 2012 awards conference delivery contract to The Fawcett Society
As part of their Spirit of Women programme, to mark and celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage, Spirit of 2012 has awarded a £150,000 contract to the Fawcett Society to deliver a conference and small grants programme called Spirit of Women Changemakers, in November 2016.
The event will bring together stakeholders from a wide range of sectors to discuss barriers to gender equality, and find solutions to address current issues.
Spirit of 2012 awards funding to community circus project in Northern Ireland
Spirit of 2012 has awarded £100,000 to Streetwise Community Circus, to deliver a wide range of inclusive circus workshops across Northern Ireland.
The Southbank Centre and Spirit of 2012 launch WOW Spirit in Bradford
Spirit of 2012 and the Southbank Centre have launched WOW Spirit - a three-year partnership which will work with local community groups to deliver Women of the World festivals in new locations across the UK.
Spirit of 2012 and England Athletics to launch volunteering programme
Spirit has awarded over £900,000 to England Athletics to deliver a volunteering programme called Spirit17.
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Spirit of 2012 receives further 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy funding
Spirit of 2012 has received £200,000 of additional Commonwealth Games 2014 Legacy Funding from the Scottish Government.
Spirit has been granted this additional funding to ensure that the learning from the Legacy 2014 projects can be shared as widely as possible across Scotland, helping to create a lasting legacy of increased activity from the 2014 Games. We are also working closely with University of Strathclyde, to ensure the impact and learning from the eleven projects is captured effectively.
10 ways we're tackling...
loneliness and isolation
At Spirit of 2012, we’re absolutely committed to funding projects that bring people together. With that in mind, here are just ten of the (many) ways we are helping tackle the loneliness and isolation felt by an increasing number of people across the UK.
Two new Board Members join Spirit of 2012
Two new Board Members, Vikash Gupta and Swati Patel, have been appointed by Spirit of 2012 following a competitive recruitment campaign. The Board leads the organisation in delivering our vision and mission and ensures that Spirit fulfils its charitable objects. It includes public figures from sport, the arts the corporate sector and public life. Vikash and Swati bring new, valuable legal and financial expertise to the table as well as great enthusiasm for the work of Spirit.
Join our Youth Advisory Panel
Spirit of 2012 has launched a search for up to 12 enthusiastic young volunteers to join our Youth Advisory Panel
Grant to enhance volunteering in Wales
Grant will help ensure volunteers in Wales have positive and meaningful experiences.
"What excites me most is that Spirit has invested time in us as people..."
Spirit of 2012 has a Youth Advisory Panel, which consists of 12 young people from across the UK who receive mentoring and training and who are empowered to make funding decisions on behalf of Spirit. Here, Panel Member Josh Saydraouten explains his own part in the process of YAP awarding its first ever Challenge Fund grants.
Spirit of 2012 helps Young Londoners tackle local issues at Mayor’s Youth Summit
Along with Unilever, Spirit of 2012 is really pleased to fund the Team London Young Ambassadors Programme, which supports social action in London schools. Over 250,000 Londoners aged 5-18 have participated since the programme launched in 2013. Young people from every borough have taken part in events and projects focusing on a variety of issues, including food waste and poverty, the environment, homelessness, gardening, community spirit, bullying and friendship.
Epic Awards winners unveiled at ceremony in Cardiff
Spirit of 2012 supports the Epic Awards. Now in their sixth year, they are the premier awards for voluntary arts groups based in United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, shining a light on their achievements and inspiring others to get involved in artistic and creative activities. The Awards are run by Voluntary Arts.
Spirit of Women programme swings into action
As part of our Spirit of Women programme to mark and celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage, Spirit of 2012 is funding several events that will turn the spotlight on women and girls and address the issues that they face.
A spirited conversation with… Baroness Sue Campbell
Spirit of 2012 funds Inclusive Futures, a leadership and volunteering initiative which is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust and is based in nine host cities across the UK. Young volunteers in each city are guided by a Volunteer Coordinator and each city organises training camps and activities throughout the year, as well as identifying local volunteering opportunities. The project aims to change behaviour and attitudes among young people on issues related to ability, access and equality in sport.
Spirit of 2012 funding BEDSA Connecting Communities Award
Spirit of 2012 is sponsoring the Connecting Communities Award at this year’s Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs).
SOUTHBANK CENTRE AWARDED SPIRIT OF 2012 GRANT TO CONTINUE DEVELOPING WOW
Southbank Centre is delighted to announce that Spirit of 2012 has awarded a grant of £671, 859 to present WOW – Women of the World festivals in five new locations across the UK between 2015 and 2018.
Women and girls in Darlington get top tips from Rugby World Cup Winner Maggie Alphonsi
Spirit of 2012 funds Spirit of Rugby - a partnership with England Rugby that builds on the inspiration of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and inclusion of Rugby in the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. The programme seeks to increase participation and volunteering in Rugby Union, together with changing perceptions of the sport.
Women and girls in Darlington had the chance to try something new when England Rugby and Rugby World Cup winner and TV personality Maggie Alphonsi descended on Market Square for Spirit of Rugby’s Scrub Up, Scrum Down event.
10 ways we’re supporting...
participation in arts & culture
Here at Spirit, we’re always keen to help increase opportunities for people to participate in the arts. As such, we support projects all across the UK that enable people to participate in arts and cultural activities, both individually and as a part of their wider community. Here's just some of the ways we're doing it...
The Spirit of Rugby Manchester Challenge
'To get people in this football mad city to take a look at Rugby'
Debbie Lye visited a group of Manchester Metropolitan University Students who are passionate about Rugby, and full of ideas…
Spirit and Fawcett Society announce new small grants programme
In partnership with The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, and BE Group, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new small grants opportunity - Spirit of Women Changemakers.
Viewfinder - Beacon Hill Arts
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Fourteen – a continuing legacy story
As part of the Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games legacy, Spirit of 2012 awarded grants to the UK Community Foundation (UKCF) and Springboard to support fourteen communities across the UK to allocate funding locally over three years.
Happy and Healthy 2016!
As we enter the new year Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012, welcomes the publication of the government’s new strategy for an active nation.
Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, published at the end of last year, marks an interesting shift in the Government’s approach to sport and physical activity. In the simplest of terms Sporting Future is less about numbers playing sport in National Governing Body settings and more about the impact that sport and activity has on physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Spirit bids farewell to John Gartside
John Gartside, OBE has stepped down from the Spirit of 2012 Board. John was a founder member of the Spirit Board, having joined us from the national Big Lottery Board, bringing his considerable experience in education, health, charities and grant-making.
Spirit funded One Million Mentors platform is now live
Spirit has awarded £50,000 to youth leadership organisation UpRising to develop an online mentoring platform. The pilot version is now live and currently looking to recruit mentors from Manchester, Cardiff and London.
Arts and Culture Challenge Fund - Rachel Gadsden (Full Interview)
Full interview - Rachel Gadsden announces our opportunity for organisations to apply for grants to increase disabled people’s participation in the arts and all kinds of cultural activities.