Welcoming in the New Year

By Jade Corbett

2019 was an exciting year for Indigo, and the momentum of 2019’s successes looks to pave the way for an even brighter 2020. 

It isn’t just the testimonials and volunteer stories that demonstrate Indigo’s development as a charity; our numbers are more positive than ever. In 2019 we placed 1000 volunteers across the world, to almost 100 different projects. This is almost a 40% increase from 2018, and as such has led to being able to employ two more full time staff, allowing us to run more efficiently than ever before. As the charity expands, Indigo forms partnerships with more incredible organisations, such as Help Refugees, which allow for more exposure, more funding, and consequently the ability to do more good. Due to ever rising number of refugees arriving on Greek islands in 2019, our core team relocated to Samos to be able to better support the projects and provide more hands on aid. This resulted in Indigo taking on the role of facilitating trainers onto the island, which reached 1222 people.

We are excited to continue this trend of expansion in 2020, hoping to further establish ourself as a charity that is here to stay and is serious about having long-term impact. By focussing on financial sustainability, and by expanding the full time Indigo team, more and more projects can be supported by the ever-growing pool of Indigo volunteers.

For some more in depth figures, testimonials, and visuals about the positive impact Indigo has had so far, you can find our very first Impact Report here! Now, though, it’s over to you.

Starting the new year by making resolutions is an age-old tradition, although many people make promises that are unmanageable and unlikely to stick.

This year, why not resolve to be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and help make the world a better place in any small way you can. 

You could take the leap and volunteer for the first time, or even make it an annual tradition, or do something as easy as organising a charity bake sale. Let’s all make 2020 the year we strive to do a good deed a day, or make monthly donations to a charity, or even just commit to educating ourselves on what is happening in our local community. Every small act of kindness adds up to create something really special, and can make a real difference. What better way to kickstart the decade than with more empathy, awareness, and a desire for change?

Finally, thank you to everyone who has supported Indigo in 2019. It has been an amazing year, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Happy new year to all, and bring on 2020!