Going Potty

Sunday 26th April saw the launch of the 2.6 Challenge, billed as a chance to Save the Nation’s Charities.

As part of this initiative, the entire Change of Scene team have thrown themselves into a green-fingered challenge to raise money for the Charity.

Initiated by Erica, our CYP Team Manager, our challenge was to pot up 260 plants in 2.6 days and share them with local people. The challenge ran from Sunday 26th April to 3pm today, Tuesday 28th April 2020.

Plants Available

Rising to the occasion, the every member of the CoS team, including staff and volunteers, have spent the last couple of days elbow deep in compost and seedlings! By midday Tuesday we’d managed to pot a combined total of over 369 plants – completely smashing our original target!

In keeping with the green ethos of Cos, we are offering the plants to local people. Due to the Government social distancing guidelines, each team member potted plants from their homes, and consequently, plants are available, free of charge, in London, Farnham, Reading and Wrecclesham. Our hope is that people will take a plant and give a donation to CoS in return. 

If you would like to support our efforts, visit our fundraising page at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-portal/fundraiserPage?pageId=1165634

Fun Run Success

A huge thank you to Shreya Morgan, a young fundraiser who has recently completed a fun run for Change of Scene.

Adhering to the Government social distancing guidelines, Shreya and her family set up a course in her back garden. Cheered on by her sister, Melissa, she ran 5km and managed to raise a magnificent £150 for the Charity. 

In a letter to Change of Scene, Shreya said:

“I chose your charity because I don’t want the animals like Blossom [one of the CoS alpacas] to get hungry.” 

Change of Scene are enormously grateful for the effort Shreya has put in on our behalf and would like to reassure her that this money will be invaluable in keeping our animals safe and fed. Shreya and her mother, Nirma, are highly valued members of our volunteer workforce and we look forward to welcoming them back to Change of Scene when the social isolation restrictions are eased.

2.6 Challenge

Join the 2.6 Challenge!

The UK’s charities need your help

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events.

The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019.

As it cannot take place as planned, its organisers have created a “lockdown-friendly event” which is easy for anyone to join in and make a difference, especially for smaller local charities. Every small “event” can add up to something worthwhile.

Change of Scene, like so many charities across the UK, has been impacted by  COVID-19. Although the Government’s social distancing guidelines mean we’ve reluctantly had to close our doors to attendees, our animals still need feeding and looking after. In order to be able to reopen to attendees when the lockdown eases, help is needed now more than ever before.

We hope that supporters will join the 2.6 Challenge to help Change of Scene and the young people who need our service. 

From Sunday 26 April 2020, the challenge is to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise by setting up a challenge page and donating on our Virgin Money Giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-portal/createFundraisingPage?charityId=1007383&eventId=35005

Taking up the 2.6 Challenge can be something as simple as walking or running 2.6 miles, 2.6 km – or 26 press-ups, 26 minutes walking round the garden. it can be a sponsored activity, or a donation – £2.60 or £26 – whatever is affordable – it all adds up and will make a difference for Change of Scene

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon – and will last for a week. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you,” says Nick Rusling, Co-Chair of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group (MSO) and CEO of Human Race. “You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes. You could do the same in your home or garden, go up and down the stairs 26 times, juggle for 2.6 minutes, do a 26 minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26 minute workout – anything you like. We want people to get active, have fun and raise money to help Save the UK’s Charities by giving money or raising funds for the charity close to your heart.”

“For many of the UK’s charities, the day of the London Marathon is the biggest fundraising day of the year,” said Hugh Brasher, Co-Chair of MSO and Event Director of London Marathon Events. “One of the founding pillars of the London Marathon was ‘to show how the family of mankind can be united’. We hope that The 2.6 Challenge, which starts on the day our 40th Race should have taken place, will embody that spirit and inspire people, families and communities to fundraise for their chosen charity to help Save the UK’s Charities. Right now, our vulnerable members of society need the help of charities more than ever before..”

The mass-participation events organisers behind The 2.6 Challenge are: Human Race, parkrun, The Great Run Company, Run 4 Wales, Grounded Events, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport, Limelight Sports, Threshold Sports, Running High and London Marathon Events. The design and website has been created by Studio Republic and the social media campaign by LiveWire Sport. Both agencies are working pro bono.  The campaign is supported by the Charities Aid Foundation, the Institute of Fundraising, the Small Charities Coalition, the Office for Civil Society, Sport England, Let’s Do This, Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving.

For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk

Covid-19 – Sponsor an animal

As per the UK Government guidelines issued at the end of March 2020, CoS has reluctantly been forced to close our doors to attendees. Our priority is the safety of staff and the young people who use our service and we will keep a close eye on the situation. As soon as it is safe to do so, we intend to reopen.


However, despite the coronavirus, the CoS animals still need to be fed and cared for. Our care-taking staff are doing a fantastic job but we need your help.

Could you sponsor an animal? 
If you can spare a few pounds, help one of the CoS family weather the Covid-19 storm. You can email mail@changeofscene.org.uk for BACs details or use the ‘donate’ button on the website homepage. All sponsors will receive a certificate of sponsorship and a write up of how the animal is doing after things go back to normal…

Sponsor an alpaca – Blossom, Lucky, Nutmeg, Inky, Fleur, Dimili, Achilles, George, Zoe
£10 each for one month 
£25 each for three months

Sponsor a pony – Freddie or Silver
£10 each for one month
£25 each for three months

Sponsor a goat – Meringue, Pebble or Yoghurt
£5 each for a month
£12 each for three months

Sponsor a pig – Boris, Oreo or Truffle
£5 each for one month 
£12 each for three months

Sponsor a small animal – Mama Cass & Sully (Tortoises), Fudge (guinea pig), chickens, ducks, quails, Tango (snake)
£2 each for one month / £5 for both tortoises
£5 each for three months / £12 for three months

Meet our new CEO!

Pam Robinson

After twelve years, CoS  founder and Voluntary Chief Officer, Sue Weaver, has decided to step down from her position, leaving some very big shoes to fill.  

Although Sue does not officially retire until June 2020, it was imperative that CoS needed a new leader to steer the Charity safely into this new era. The search was on for our new Chief Officer.  

 In late January 2020, we were lucky enough to find Pam Robinson.

With a background in social care, Pam is easing into her new role and is busy meeting all the animals. Meringue the goat is already a firm favourite, as are the alpacas (all 9 of them!). 

 A huge welcome to Pam from staff and attendees.