11 February 2013

Dear Friends,

We finished 2012 with a huge step forward: registration as a charity with the UK Charities Commission!

And 2013 has already got off to a flying start with 2 trips planned and lots of science festivals to attend. We're always on the scout for new volunteers so why not tell your science-loving friends about us or join us for a life-changing trip to Ghana. More details below...

Stay filtering!
Laura, Chief Executive
Lightyear Foundation
illuminating science, igniting curiosity

We're now a fully registered charity

"In December we passed a major milestone when we registered with the Charity Commission. This is compulsory for any charity whose annual income exceeds £5000, a target we also reached towards the end of the year. We have now completed all the legal steps necessary to become a fully professional charity. It does not change our status as a charity in any way, but it does mean that many more sources of funding will now become available to us.”
- Ian, Chair of Trustees

Volunteers needed for Cheltenham Science Festival, 8-9 June 

For the second year in a row, we have been invited to the Cheltenham Science Festival's Family Fun Days (Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June). Fancy joining us? Pre-register your interest with If you're thinking about volunteering on a Lightyear Roadshow this is a great opportunity to meet the team, find out more about our programmes and  flex your science communication skills. 

Applications open for Summer Science Roadshow, 15-30 June (+/- 2 days)

This year we're running 2 trips... The first one will be at the end of June where pods of 3-4 people will be heading all round Ghana to demonstrate some awesome practical science in schools. Meet the 2012 team of amazing Lightyear volunteers who worked with Ghanaian schools and communities at our last Roadshow. There's also a video!

What do we need from you? Simply: 200 words saying why you are crazy, cool, geeky, reliable and fun enough to join us on a trip.

Send your application to: 
Deadline: 8 March 2013.

Stay tuned for Autumn Science Roadshow details...

The second 2013 Roadshow will be visiting Ghana  in October/November. Applications will open in June.

And last but not least: Thank you Waterloo Foundation!

We recently received a sizeable grant from the Waterloo Foundation. Naomi, our volunteer reporter, gives a low-down on the award:

“The Lightyear Foundation is a charity run on the principle of waste not want not. Why use a glass beaker when a plastic bottle would do just as well? But no matter how many plastic bags and cardboard boxes we collect, running the programme comes at a cost; and the more funds we have, the more schools, the more pupils and the more teachers we are able to reach.

So we are delighted to announce that the Lightyear Foundation recently received a grant of £6,000 from the Waterloo Foundation to run our science roadshow, develop monitoring, reporting and evaluation of projects and to help establish better links with the Ghana Education Service." Read more...