What is Charity Next?

Charity Next gives you, as a future leader, the opportunity to contribute your skills, experience and enthusiasm to key posts in the not-for-profit sector. Your placement will immerse you for six months in an engaging, high-level project in a charity, not-for-profit or social enterprise, where you will be challenged to learn in new environments, renew your sense of purpose, and make a real and lasting impact.

Charity Next is a cross-sector collaboration scheme established by The Prince's Charities Foundation 12 years ago, and run by The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) since 2010. In November 2017, Charity Next celebrated its 10th anniversary at Clarence House, hosted by his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. WIG is an independent charity and membership organisation with a mission to improve collaboration and understanding between the private, public and not-for-profit spheres. 
 

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales celebrating Charity Next 10 year anniversary
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales celebrating Charity Next 10 year anniversary 

 

Since its inception, Charity Next has facilitated 381 secondments and benefited more than 90 not-for-profit organisations. As well as the Generalist programme, Charity Next currently works with seven of the Specialist Civil Service Fast Streams. These are Commercial, Communications, Digital Data and Technology, Finance, Project Delivery, Science & Engineering and Statistics. For more information relating to the way we work with any of these streams or details on different types of secondment roles, please contact the Charity Next team.

Are you a potential Charity Next host interested in finding out more about the scheme?

  • How does it work?

    Charity Next: 

    • Seeks and partners with a wide range of UK based not-for-profit organisations, supporting a broad mix of causes with varying sizes and structures, aiming to be a truly representative sample of the breadth and diversity within the sector.
    • Supports organisations to put together viable six-month projects with tangible deliverables, offering exposure to specific skills such as commercial, digital, project delivery, finance and communications.
    • Shortlists applications and submits a longlist to the Fast Stream & Early Talent team. This takes place twice a year corresponding with two intakes in spring and autumn.
    • Works with the Civil Service to pair host applications with secondees' individual development needs.
    • Facilitates an introductory meeting between the host and secondee. 
    • Supports secondees for the duration of their placement alongside the Fast Stream and Early Talent team. 
    • Charges a brokerage fee to hosts once they are matched to a successful placement. (Secondees remain officially employed by the Civil Service throughout the duration of their secondment.)
  • What are the benefits?

    By going on a Charity Next secondment you will:  

    • Make a real difference and improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable groups in society, by delivering a key project that is a priority for a charity, social enterprise or wider not-for-profit organisation. 
    • Experience six months in a different organisation and working environment, alongside colleagues driven to make a social impact.
    • Be challenged to demonstrate real leadership and see the societal impact of your decisions.
    • Gain a greater understanding of how the not-for-profit sector operates and how it interacts with government.
    • Transfer knowledge from the not-for-profit sector into government to inform future policy and decision making.

    Charity Next Director Lydia Garrett shares the benefits of the scheme

  • Who's it for?

    Currently Charity Next is built on a partnership with the Civil Service Fast Stream programme - offering secondments as development opportunities to individuals participating on its different streams. At the moment Charity Next works with the Generalist, Communications, Project Delivery, Finance, Statistics, Digital, Data and Technology and Commercial streams. 

     

    The Charity Next host network is made up of around 250 organisations from across the not-for-profit sector  - including social enterprises, charities and wider not-for-profit organisations (such as housing associations and policy think tanks). Participating organisations include: WWF, NSPCC, Parkinsons UK, Catch22, Breast Cancer Now, Care International, Plan International and Small Charities Coalition. For a full list of hosts please download our Charity Next Partner List. 

Hear from a secondee

 

Meet the Charity Next team: 

  • Lydia Garrett

    Charity Next Director & Talent Manager

    Lydia is the Director of Charity Next, a programme facilitating secondments for future leaders of the public sector into the voluntary sector. She also contributes more broadly to the work of WIG’s Talent Team, organising secondments for senior individuals in the public, private and charitable spheres. Prior to joining WIG, Lydia was Project Manager at a think tank also with a mission to improve collaboration between the sectors, where she focused primarily on tackling UK financial reform and climate change. Lydia achieved a 1st- Class degree in Arabic and French and continues to use her language skills outside of WIG to support a range of organisations both in the UK and abroad, working to improve the lives of refugees. 

  • Edwin Oliver-Watts

    Charity Next & Talent Executive

 

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more, speak to Charity Next team. Call us on 020 7222 1166 or email using the link below

My Charity Next experience enabled me to take up non-executive roles in the voluntary sector and advisor roles in central government. I have gone on to start my own business which depended on the network that Charity Next helped me to develop. Rachael Wallach