Global support KLS Tech Up work with older people


Global’s Make Some Noise, the official charity of the Media & Entertainment group Global, has distributed grants totalling £2.5 million to small charities and projects across the UK following its determined fundraising efforts in 2022.  

Thanks to the incredible generosity of listeners across Global’s radio brands – Capital, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold, Katherine Low Settlement on Battersea High Street has received £65,000 from Global’s Make Some Noise to support its vital work to reduce poverty and isolation and bring the community together. 

The money granted to Katherine Low Settlement will fund tech classes for older people to build their confidence and wellbeing through digital inclusion, brining life-changing benefits to individuals in the local community.  

Aaron Barbour, CEO of Katherine Low Settlement said: “The extent of digital exclusion truly revealed itself during those early weeks of the Covid pandemic. We, like many other local charities, scrabbled around trying to get computers and data for local residents, as well as the training and support needed to use them. This generous donation from Global’s Make Some Noise enables us to support more vulnerable older people in Battersea to lead more connected and independent lives by being online. Thank you Global. 

The funding from Global’s Make Some Noise provides a vital lifeline in communities – from food banks to befriending projects for the elderly and isolated, cancer wellbeing programmes to domestic abuse refuges, from employment opportunities to physical therapy for people with disabilities.  

This year, the charities that Global’s Make Some Noise supports will receive £5,000 in unrestricted funds to support with the growing impact of the cost-of-living crisis and to help keep their doors open. Many charities are facing growing waiting lists and unprecedented demand for their services, whilst facing increased energy bills and costs for frontline staff. 

Suzanne Ryder Richardson, Director of Global Goodness at Global, said: “It’s been an incredibly tough couple of years for everyone and as the cost of living continues to increase, more people are turning to local groups for help, putting extra strain on their resources. With that in mind, I’m so pleased that Global’s Make Some Noise is able to help charities at the centre of the communities they serve and we will continue to raise money and awareness for their vital work.” 

Over the next year, the funds raised through Make Some Noise’s 2022 appeal will provide support to over 24,000 people through essential services including:  

  • Almost 9000 hours of dedicated support, advice and signposting for those facing financial difficulty, plus access to food support and essential items  
  • Almost 3500 hours of intensive and therapeutic support to people affected by domestic abuse and trauma, including children and young people    
  • Over 2000 hours of mental health support, through 1:1 counselling sessions and therapeutic group work    
  • Over 2500 hours of life skills support and leisure opportunities for people living with a disability 
  • 200 brand new beds for vulnerable children living in poverty who either previously had no bed of their own, or are sleeping in a broken, unsafe or unhygienic bed  
  • 34 specialist roles, including 2 Bereavement Support Managers, a Family Support Worker for families living through childhood cancer, a Debt & Money Advisor, 2 Dementia Key Workers, a Mental Health Practitioner for women and children affected by domestic abuse and a scent trainer to train specialist assistance dogs to save the lives of children with Brittle Type 1 Diabetes  
  • A new electric vehicle to patrol and attend mental health crises, saving 800 lives each year through suicide prevention 
  • £200,000 in unrestricted grants, for charities to use to meet increasing prices caused by the cost of living crisis   

Every year, Global’s Make Some Noise grants are awarded to small charities across the country to help fund vital services.   

Since its launch in 2014, Global’s Make Some Noise has supported over 440 incredible local projects, helping 175,000 vulnerable people across the UK.  

Global’s Make Some Noise is changing lives across the UK through small charities. Its annual appeal raises awareness for some of the biggest issues affecting society and gives charities a platform to reach an audience of more than 26 million weekly listeners with on-air promotion on Global’s radio brands: Capital, Heart, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold.  


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For more information, please contact:  

Ali Laurie, Senior Communications Manager, Global – [email protected]  

Emily Standring, Fundraising Manager, KLS – [email protected]  


Notes to editors

Projects supported by Global’s Make Some Noise 2022 appeal and benefitting from the £2.5m fund are: 

Aching Arms 

Allsorts Gloucestershire 


Bromley Brighter Beginnings 

Carer Support South Lakes 

CHAT – Churches Housing Action Team (Mid Devon) 

Deafness Resource Centre 

Essex Dementia Care 

Facial Palsy UK 

First Days Children’s Charity 

Govan Home and Education Link Project (Govan HELP) 

Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust 

Hypo Hounds 

Katherine Low Settlement 

Kool Carers South East Ltd 

North Tyneside Disability Forum Ltd 

Nottingham Independent Domestic Abuse Services 

One Can Trust 


Parenting Mental Health 

People and Work 

St David’s Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility: Plant Dewi 

Red Hen Project 

Rural Health Partnership 

Sheffield Women’s Aid 


Soundwell Music Therapy Trust 

Stand-by-me Bereavement Support Service for Children 

Stonebridge City Farm 

Suicide Prevention UK 

Support U 

Tang Hall Community Centre 

The Empowerment Group 

The Estuary League of Friends 

The Pepper Pot Centre 

The Proud Trust 

The Wellspring 

Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire) CIO 

Youth Leads UK

About Global’s Make Some Noise

Global’s Make Some Noise is a national charity, established in 2014. It aims to improve lives by working with small and local charities across the UK. The charity believes everyone deserves to feel safe, feel well, feel included and feel prepared.  

Global’s Make Some Noise provides support in the following areas: providing shelter and safety, supporting physical and mental health, preventing isolation and improving life skills. 

The charity is keeping crucial services going, such as food banks, domestic abuse and mental health helplines, carer support, community projects and employment programmes.  

Global’s Make Some Noise is proud to be a voice for small charities. It raises awareness of some of the biggest issues affecting society with support from Global, the Media & Entertainment group.   

Global regularly brings together its radio brands Capital, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold, which reach 26.3 million listeners every week, with the aim of helping to change the lives of vulnerable people across the UK.  

Global’s Make Some Noise is an appeal operated by Global Charities, a registered charity in England and Wales (1091657) and Scotland (SC041475). More information is available at  

About Global  

Global is one of the world’s leading Media & Entertainment groups. 

Europe’s largest radio company, Global is home to respected, national market leading media brands broadcasting across the UK on DAB & FM and around the world on Global Player, including Capital, Heart, Classic FM, LBC, LBC News, Global’s Newsroom, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold.  Global Player allows listeners to enjoy all of Global’s radio brands, award-winning podcasts, and expertly curated playlists, in one place in app, on web and on smart speakers. 

Global is also one of the leading Outdoor companies in both the UK & Europe, with over 253,000 sites reaching 95% of the UK population. Global’s extensive and diverse outdoor portfolio encompasses Transport for London’s Underground network, almost all major UK airports including Gatwick, the UK’s largest portfolio of roadside posters and premium digital screens in prime locations, as well as the UK’s largest network of buses including all major cities. 

On-air, on Global Player and with our outdoor platforms combined, Global reaches 51 million individuals across the UK every week, including 26.3 million on the radio alone. 

Global created and operates DAX (Digital Ad Exchange), the market leader in digital audio advertising and a pioneering platform in programmatic outdoor advertising. 

The company headquarters is in London’s iconic Leicester Square. Ashley Tabor-King OBE is Founder & Executive President, Stephen Miron is Group CEO, Lord Allen is Chairman and James Rea is Director of Broadcasting. Ashley Tabor-King created Global in 2007. 


About Katherine Low Settlement  

Katherine Low Settlement is a much-loved, busy charity that has been at the heart of the community in Battersea, Southwest London, since 1924. 

With a few staff and a lot of volunteers, we run a range of our own community services, we campaign for social change, and we incubate and support other charities and social businesses to thrive. 

Our building is used for community activities and events by over 500 people a week. We support children, young people and their families, older people, women and refugees and newly arrived communities. 

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