Pay It Forward Scheme

Sponsor training to make your mark

If you’re looking for a way to make your mark on your local community, a brilliant way to do that is to sponsor training to help charities and voluntary organisations to build their knowledge, to increase the impact they can have on the people who need their help.


A big thank you to Society Matters for supporting our Walking with the Wounded team on your Get to Grips with PIP course. It’s vitally important that our team can support our beneficiaries through such complicated and stressful times #collaboration

Tommy Watson

Director of Operations, Walking with the Wounded


Why sponsor training?

CVS organisations naturally want to push as much of their hard-earned income into service delivery to their clients, leaving very little to invest in much-needed learning and development. However as you’ll appreciate it’s critical, when they are supporting people through crisis, their knowledge of the social welfare system and welfare benefits is up to date and accurate, so they can give even better support to the people and communities that need their help, to hopefully enable them to recover from, or alleviate, the challenges and crises they are facing in their lives..

Your sponsorship is desperately needed. When we have promoted sponsored training to the community sector in the past, courses have literally been filled up within hours. So we know there’s an appetite for training but no money to pay for it. Through the Pay It Forward Scheme you can take that problem away. 

 Find out more about why we decided to launch the Pay It Forward Scheme here.


“When we heard about the Pay it Forward Scheme, and the invaluable support that Society Matters provides to front line services, we were delighted to help. We recognise how important the training is to really improving the quality of people’s lives within our local area at a time where it has never been needed more.

Philip Maddison

Managing Director , East Durham Funeral Service

How does the scheme work?

We pride ourselves on fair and affordable pricing. As a social enterprise ourselves we are ‘not for profit’, and any surplus we do make goes to our parent charity to fund the delivery of social welfare advice to thousands of people in need every year. With your help we can make this critical training free to community and voluntary sector organisations who simply can’t afford to pay for it.

Every £500 donation we receive into the scheme will pay for training for at least 14 staff or volunteers who are working in your local community, and depending on which course you choose it could be as many as 25 people.

  1. You select which social welfare training course you’d like to sponsor.
  2. You choose which community you would like to support – we will connect with CVS organisations in the location of your choice, or if you would rather go further afield we will put out an open call for training sponsored by your organisation.
  3. We ensure that any community organisation receiving details of the funded training knows it’s you that’s made that possible.
  4. We will also celebrate your sponsorship on our website, in our Make Your Mark newsletter for professionals, and throughout social media.


How much should I donate?

Donations to the Pay It Forward Scheme start can be for any amount. Every £500 received into the discount fund will guarantee at least 14 places on one of our most complex social welfare training courses.

Every pound counts so please give as much as you can afford – it will definitely make a difference.


How do I make a donation?

You can donate by credit or debit card by clicking on the donate button below, or alternatively just get in touch with us to discuss your donation and we can send you an invoice if that’s better for you.

My small charity needs this training – how do I get access to the sponsorship?

If you get in touch with us and let us know why you think your volunteers or staff team would benefit from a place on the Get to Grips with Universal Credit or Get to Grips with PIP course, we will get back to you to talk it through with you within 2 working days. 

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