Dig Deep for YAC
What is Dig Deep for YAC?
YAC is part of the Council for British Archaeology. The CBA, like many organisations and charities, is facing a challenging financial future. The withdrawal of its main source of public funding has had a major impact on the organisation’s finances. The CBA has previously subsidised YAC for both the YAC UK membership package and the YAC Branch network but this is no longer possible. We have secured short term, tapering funds from English Heritage to continue to support YAC Branches, and we are hugely grateful to English Heritage for this.
The YAC Branches offer a fantastic range of opportunities for young people to get into archaeology. In 2013 there were 60 Branches in the YAC network, run by some 560 volunteers. Over the year, our volunteers delivered 588 activity sessions which provided some 7, 800 opportunities for young people. We estimate that this equates to a massive 4,800 days of volunteer time across the whole network in one year!
We are determined to keep giving those brilliant volunteers the support they need, through training, advice and resources. To do this, we have created the Dig Deep For YAC fundraising campaign.
How can I support the Dig Deep for YAC Campaign?
- Sign up to YAC UK or the CBA! If membership numbers increase not only will it support itself and give us ways to further improve the membership package, it will also generate additional money that can be channeled back into the YAC Branch network. Taking out a YAC UK or CBA membership will make a big difference to our future. YAC UK membership gives young people access to archaeological knowledge, fun competitions to enter - including the chance to win a place on a dig - activities to try at home and a chance to have their say on archaeological issues and stories.
- Adopt a Branch
- Our volunteer YAC Leaders give a staggering 37,000 hours of their own time each year and work with thousands of young people. In order to maintain and grow this fantastic resource for young people and volunteers we need your support. The ‘Adopt a Branch’ campaign is designed to support the entire YAC network and our Adopt a Branch pages show just what your money will support and how an adoption could benefit you in return. ‘Adopt a Branch’ today!
- We at YAC HQ try to lead the way with our fundraising activities, such as our Roman City Wall Walk and Hadrian’s Wall Walk.
On October 20th 2013 a team of staff from the YAC and CBA office is running the York Marathon Corporate Relay and hoping to raise £2000 for the YAC Branches. The team are: Rachel Mort, YAC Volunteer Co-ordinator; Nicky Milstead, Editor of ‘Young Archaeologist’ magazine; Sophie Pointon, CBA Events Officer; Claire Price, CBA Office Administrator; Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, CBA Training Co-ordinator; and Siona Mackelworth, CBA Head of Communications and Marketing. You can show your support by donating online.
The YAC Branches have done some fantastic fundraising too. The London Camden Branch completed their Medieval London Wall Walk and the North Wiltshire Branch did a ‘6k6k Challenge’, taking in 6000 years of archaeology in 6000 metres. If you would like to organise your own fundraising event to support YAC’s work then our FUNdraising pages will give you inspiration, top tips for a successful event and all the materials you need.
- All donations, no matter how big or small, will make a big difference to YAC’s work. Our online donation guide explains how you can donate to YAC, including how to set up a regular giving amount; you really can make a difference!
Your support of YAC and this campaign is incredibly important and we would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to everyone!
Supporters of the ‘Dig Deep for YAC’ Campaign
We are very grateful to the Royal Archaeological Institute for their ongoing support of ‘Dig Deep for YAC’.
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