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Discounted Will writing offer for friends of Cyril Flint Befrienders

Legacies are vital to our very survival, a fact that most of our supporters don’t realise. To raise some much needed awareness, we’ve joined forces with Remember A Charity, the largest consortium of its kind in the UK working to promote legacy giving.

We have been fortunate enough to have been remembered in people’s wills in previous years, by those who have felt moved by the work Cyril Flint Befrienders does in the local community to combat loneliness. We wanted to raise awareness of how much we appreciate this generosity and how important on-going financial support is to keep the charity running.

With 35%* of people saying they would consider including a gift to charity after providing for their family and friends in their will, and only 7%* doing so, there is huge potential to increase income from legacies. We are proud to be working with Remember A Charity to make this a reality.

As part of our membership we have linked with Co-operative Legal Services who have agreed to complete a single standard will for anyone leaving a gift to Cyril Flint Volunteers for just £99 (plus VAT), inclusive of a £30 discount. The Co-Operative Legal team can take instructions over the telephone, so you can sort your will with ease from the comfort of your own home.

For more information visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk or contact alex.neil@cyrilflint.org

 

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Supported Volunteering in action

Looking around our regular supported volunteering session last week and we couldn’t help but beam with pride.

Some of the group were busy writing CV’s with a member of our team, others were having a brew and chatting about how they never really got out before they joined the group. Part of the session was spent signing up for a 4 week learning course due to start the next week. Plans were made to do a group visit to a nursing home the following week.

This truly was supported volunteering in action, where a little extra help is provided to people who want to become volunteers but who might need some support along the way.  Whether you have barriers to overcome, need a confidence boost or just a push in the right direction, we will do our best to help. Perhaps you want to build your confidence, get out and meet new people or get back on track into employment?

 Cyril Flint’s Supported Volunteer Scheme

If this sounds like you, then our supported volunteer programme could be just the thing. Our fun, informal and supportive Volunteer sessions can help empower people to become active in the community, build skills and increase their options whilst helping make a difference.Volunteering is a tried and tested method of improving confidence and wellbeing. However lots of people often find they face barriers to volunteering.

Our supported volunteer groups help build confidence and knowledge and encourage engagement in volunteering activity.

Support can include:

  • Help going through the application process
  • Filling in forms
  • A helping hand to get you started on your volunteering adventure. We are around to go with you to new places and are there to help you and the person you befriend settle in
  • Group sessions to share experiences and access further support if required.
  • Access to free supported learning courses whilst you are volunteering
  • Social events where you can meet other volunteers

And much, much more! Get in touch today – email Alison.McKenna@cyrilflint.org for more information.

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Money Changes Everything….

Or so Cyndi Lauper said!

Did you know Billions of pounds are given to charities every year, but most of this money finds its way to the highest profile names – which leaves smaller organisations without the power of well known brands struggling to survive? As disposable income remains low for many of us this undoubtedly has an impact on smaller, local charities and community groups. These are the lynch pins at the heart of a community, which can often make a huge difference to those who fall through the cracks of traditional services. These are the charities that don’t enjoy the benefits of celebrity endorsements or significant corporate backing. Like us, these charities rely on donations from their immediate community and the volunteered time of the local community.

By supporting a smaller, local Charity you even a modest donation can have a major impact. Money given to smaller charities is far less likely to have to go through the bureaucracy of the bigger charities, being used for admin costs and expensive marketing campaigns, for example.

Cyril Flint have an active fundraising programme and easy to access (and secure!) ways to donate online. There’s lots of ways to get involved!

And if making a financial donation isn’t possible perhaps you can help us in other ways.

We are currently looking for:

  • Daredevils and thrill seekers to take part in a charity bungee jump, there’s no upfront cost for participants as long as you can reach your fundraising target
  • Good quality Bric-a-Brac and books to sell at Fundraising Fairs
  • Cakes and tray bakes – any keen bakers please get in touch!
  • Anyone that can host a collection tin or bucket in your shop/office etc
  • Businesses that places lots of online orders (stationary/other goods etc) – every purchase can help raise money for free via  easyfundraising.

Or perhaps you are a local business looking to focus employee fundraising for those who don’t have a cause in mind when they run a marathon or host a dress down day. There’s also fantastic branding opportunities on offer in return for comparatively little investment compared with typical marketing activity.

For more information and more details of  how you can help please visit our Fundraising Page or contact louise.smith@cyrilflint.org

I’m off to dig out more ’80’s CD’s now………..