Charity

Both of us agree on this - we can always do more to help good causes. We therefore aim to speak to as many of our guests as possible about the charities and good causes that they're either involved in or are close to their hearts. We'll keep an inventory below so that you can get involved...

 
 
 
 
 
 

26. UN Sustainable Development Goals

This was covered by Stacey Kehoe in episode 037. On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and everyone else, like us. Visit their website here for the full list of goals, and here for their lazy persons guide to saving the world.

In 2017, Stacey’s company joined forces with B1G1, Business for Good, to do their bit. Read more about it here.

 

25. Terrence Higgins Trust

This was covered by David Wilson in episode 035. The Terrence Higgins Trust is the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK. The statistic David provided alone shows how much of an issue this remains.
More information can be found on their website here. A donation can be made here. ACPG have donated £10

 

24. CALM

This was covered by Jon Higgs in episode 033. Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Join the campaign to take a stand against male suicide and get the tools you need for action by visiting their website here. A donation can be made here. ACPG have donated £10

 

23. Surfers Against Sewage

This was covered by Adam French in episode 032. The clue is in the title, and the serious point is around the amount of plastic and other substances that simply shouldn’t be in our oceans.
Surfers Against Sewage are a grassroots movement that has grown into one of the UK’s most active and successful environmental charities.
Visit their website here for more information. A donation can be made here. ACPG have donated £10.

 

22. Way Out Arts

This was covered by Frank Turner in episode 031. Frank is the first to admit he doesn't spend every waking hour thinking about good causes, however it is evident that he does more than his fair share when it comes to supporting them. Whilst a few were mentioned in the interview, the good cause for this episode is Way Out Arts, providing support to disadvantaged young kids in Sierra Leone.
Visit their website here for more information, or make a donation here. ACPG have given £10.

 

21. St Leonards Hospice

This was covered by Rick Witter in episode 030. As he mentioned, cancer is something that has impacted his family, so he was keen to give a mention to St Leonards Hospice in York for all the great work that they do.

You can find more information on their website here. ACPG have donated £10.

 

20. Pop Recs

This was covered by Frankie Francis in episode 029. Originally, Pop Recs was a pop up store setup by Frankie and the Heartstrings to promote and sell their first album. Not content with that, they soon developed it to become a key cultural hub in Sunderland.

Whether it is providing low cost (or discounted) access to great live music, through to music tuition, Pop Recs has become an important place for many youngsters to have their first real taste of music. Now relying on grants to keep the costs for the public to a minimum, it’s a great thing to support. Click here for their Facebook page.

 

19. St Oswald's Hospice

This was covered by Duncan Lloyd in episode 027. Their website reads “Together, we will make the most of time and improve quality of life for everyone in the North East living with an incurable condition”.

Having personally seen the support they provide, it was great to see them get a mention. A truly amazing charity. You can make a donation here. ACPG have given £10.

 

18. British Association for Preforming Arts Medicine

This was covered by Jamie McCredie in episode 026. Following Paul Langley recently raising Tinnitus as the good cause in episode 022, this is another that directly relates to musicians.
Jamie was clear that had it not been for the support  of BAPAM, he may not have had the treatment required to address the issues he was having. A guitarist who can’t use his hands, quickly leads to the end of the dream.
More information can be found on their website here, or their Facebook page here. You can make a donation here. ACPG have given £10.

 

17. Age UK

In episode 023 Willy Mason mentioned love as his good cause for the week. We don’t want to gloss over this, as it is something many people go without. Ben mentioned Age UK, a charity dedicated to helping the aged with a wide range of services. A little bit of love can go a long way, and as Jarvis Cocker once sang “Help the aged, one time they were just like you”.

More information is available on their website here, and you can make a donation here. ACPG have donated £10.

 

16. The British Tinnitus Association

We discussed this with Paul Langley in episode 022. The British Tinnitus Association is an independent charity supporting thousands of people who experience tinnitus and advise medical professionals from across the world. They are the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK, facilitating an improved quality of life.

There are so many people in the music industry (and beyond) that suffer with tinnitus. It isn’t just the musicians either, but the tour manager, security guards, venue staff, sound engineer, the list goes on. Their website can be found here for more information and how to get involved. You can also donate here. ACPG have made a £10 donation.

 

15. Transmission

We discussed this with Shopping in episode 020.Transmission is an artist-run organisation that supports and is supported by its membership and surrounding communities in Glasgow and beyond.

Operating in multiple capacities, Transmission works with artists in the production of exhibitions, events, exchanges, residencies and publications. As the longest standing artist-run space in Glasgow, it houses an archive of materials connected to the activities of the gallery and its membership, whilst remaining active a present-day social hub.

 

14. Food Banks

We discussed this with Mike Livesley in episode 019, having also covered it in episode 001 with Paul Smith of Maximo Park. Whilst we're not aware of one single charity that co-ordinates all food bank activity, they exist all over the world and are easy to get involved in. One of our local supermarkets provides a list of things most urgently needed, so that they don't just end up with 100 tins of soup and nothing else.

The Wikipedia page is a good starting point for more information here. They sum up well what a food bank is "A food bank or foodbank is a non-profit, charitable organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger". A quick Internet search should help you find a local food bank to you.

 

13. Shelter

This was covered in episode 017 by Nick Helm. Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. They campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help.

You can find a link here for more information on what they do and how to get involved. ACPG have made a £10 donation.

 

12. The Percy Hedley Foundation

This was covered by Kathryn Williams in episode 016. Percy Hedley provides a wide range of high quality, specialist and personalised care and education support to disabled people and their families.

Learn more about what they are doing on their website here. ACPG have made a £10 donation.

 

11. Care UK Charity

This was covered by Pete Dale in episode 015. Care UK are a good cause ran out of the North West of England collecting and distributing practical items to refugees in need and raising funds for those that they can't reach directly. Visit their Facebook page here for more information and how to get involved.

The likes of Freddie Mercury landed on our shores as a refugee. Just think what the world would have missed out on if he and many others like him are not given the chance to flourish.

It’s a very pertinent topic at the moment. In the episode Ben mentions Adam Buxton’s podcast for an interview with a Syrian refugee…well worth a listen here.

 

10. Re-Think Your Mind

This was covered by Mark Morriss in episode 013. Re-think Your Mind run projects that are developed by those with experience of mental health challenges, with the purpose to creatively express well-being. 

Mark discussed how many in the music industry can experience sharp highs and lows which can lead to a variety of mental health issues. This is a great way to help the community.

Learn about what they are doing on their website here. ACPG have made a £10 donation which you can do here.

 

9. Food for the Hungry

This was covered by Joy Ike in episode 012. A poignant message from their website reads "We believe that when people are equipped to care for their most vulnerable, entire communities are lifted”.

There is a personal connection for Joy with the charity, which can be seen in her video (here) that shows her active involvement with them. Make a donation here. ACPG have given £10.
 

 

8. Mencap

This was covered by Mr B in episode 010. Mencap is a UK charity for people with a learning disability. They support their families and carers, too. Mr B gives a brilliant personal account of his involvement with this charity.

Find out more about their services and get involved by visiting their website here. ACPG have made a £10 donation.

 

7. World Animal Protection

This was covered by Nicola Milan in episode 009. World Animal Protection highlight - that of the 70 billion animals that are farmed for food each year, two thirds are kept in conditions where they can’t move freely or live naturally. From the words of a great vocal coach, ‘give a voice to those who don’t have one’.

Learn about what they are doing to improve farm animals' lives on their website here. ACPG have made a £10 donation

 

6. Penny Brohn

This was covered by Mark Duffett in episode 008. Penny Brohn run a range of services including courses, groups and individual therapies designed to help people feel better and live better with cancer, its treatments and side effects.

You can visit their website here, and donate here. ACPG podcast have donated £10.

 

5. Amnesty International – Give a Home

We ran out of time with Roddy Woomble in episode 006 before we could get onto the good cause for the week, which is Amnesty International’s Give a Home campaign. This is something Idlewild have been a part of in the past, which is essentially a load of artists playing a load of shows across multiple countries in order to raise money for the world’s refugees.

You can find a link here for more information. The Sofar website details how musicians can get involved.

 

4. Women In Music

This was covered by Sari Delmar in episode 005. You could tell the passion in her voice when she spoke about it. Taken from their website, "Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition".

Visit the site here for more information, upcoming events, and the benefits associated with being a member.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3. Sunderland 2021 City of Culture

This was covered by Ross Millard in episode 004. Not a charity, but a good cause none the less. Culture is incredibly important, and as Ross rightly said, isn’t just something for the rich. Whether it is a specific city of culture bid, or any cultural initiatives in your local area, it is certainly something worth getting behind and supporting.

A link to Sunderland’s city of culture bid can be found here. Don't stop there though, have a quick Internet search for cultural initiatives in your local area and get involved.

 

2. The Joshua Tree

This was covered by Mark Radcliffe in episode 002.  The Joshua Tree charity supports families across the North West of the UK who are living with the life-changing experience of childhood cancer. 

They offer support to the whole family – patient, parents, siblings, and grandparents with 1-2-1 support, practical and therapeutic help to ensure that life remains as normal as possible during an incredibly traumatic time. More information on their website here. You can also make a donation here. We've donated £10 from ACPG Podcast - any amount will be appreciated.

 

1. Food Banks

We discussed this with Paul Smith in episode 001. Whilst we're not aware of one single charity that co-ordinates all food bank activity, they exist all over the world and are easy to get involved in. One of our local supermarkets provides a list of things most urgently needed, so that they don't just end up with 100 tins of soup and nothing else.

The Wikipedia page is a good starting point for more information here. They sum up well what a food bank is "A food bank or foodbank is a non-profit, charitable organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger". A quick Internet search should help you find a local food bank to you.