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Help Cyril Flint win £25,000 funding!

aviva-logo-and-handsCyril Flint Befrienders have entered this year’s Aviva Community Fund competition to try to win £25,000 funding. Each year the Aviva Community Fund sets different categories of funding pots and invites worthy causes to apply for grants of up to £25,000. The way the competition works is that all projects are shortlisted solely by public vote, and the voting is currently open to the public until 21st November. We have applied for £25,000 to help towards our running costs to enable us to continue operating and carry on reaching more isolated and lonely older people across Greater Manchester.

Here’s how you can vote for us:

1. https://www.aviva.co.uk/good-thinking/community-fund/ and click ‘vote now’

2. Complete the short registration

3. Search ‘Cyril Flint’

4. You then  have 10 votes to use on worthy causes (you can use all 10 on us if you want!)

Thank you for your support!

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30 Days of Friendship

30 days friendship imageCyril Flint Befrienders are launching a #30DaysofFriendship campaign in the run up to Christmas to help raise awareness about the value of friendship, during the festive period and all year round!

Christmas is a lovely time of year for many, who enjoy big family get together’s, lots of social events and celebrations, however this isn’t the festive season everyone gets to experience. Cyril Flint Befrienders was established after a gentleman called Cyril revealed to his carer that he was about to spend his 23rd Christmas alone since the passing of his wife. His carer raised the flag about his loneliness, an ad was placed in the paper and we were inundated with responses form people in Trafford who wanted to have Cyril over for Christmas. These people clearly appreciated how sad and lonely it would be to be alone at Christmas. The response was so great that it led to Cyril Flint Befrienders becoming a registered charity in 2012. We now befriend nearly 100 older people and are continuing to create new friendships each week.

As a charity we are continuing to work to reduce loneliness and social isolation in older people across Greater Manchester. We do this by recruiting, training and DBS checking volunteers and matching them up with a lonely or isolated older person in their local community. We pride ourselves on our in-depth matching – making sure we match people who have shared interests and hobbies to encourage long-lasting friendships and in fact some of our friendships span back to 2013, not long after we were established!

We’re launching a #30DaysofFriendship campaign, kicking off on 13th November, World Kindness Day and finishing on 12th December with our Christmas party and raffle!

13th November – launch

14th November – Cyril Flint Quiz @ The Kings Ransom, Sale

23rd – 26th November – Gift Wrapping Shop @ The Lowry Outlet*

5th December – Volunteer recruitment session

12th December – Christmas party and raffle!

We’re urging local individuals and businesses to get involved and to promote the value of friendship, especially at this potentially isolating time of year.

Ways you can get involved:

*Donate a raffle prize

*Fundraise

*Call in on that older neighbour you’ve not seen for a while

*Attend our events

*Volunteer your time

*Keep in touch with your elderly relatives and neighbours – it’s easy to get caught up in all of our plans over Christmas!

*Post about what you’re doing Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter, helping to spread the word and encouraging others to get involved. Use the hashtag! #30DaysofFriendship

Contact Alex Neil for more information about how you can get involved 0161 942 9465 or email alex.neil@cyrilflint.org

Let’s spread friendship this festive season!