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Take 5 minutes to help us win £25,000 to combat loneliness

This year Cyril Flint Befrienders has entered the Aviva Community Fund Awards. Aviva grants funds of different levels to charities and community projects across the country, so as you can imagine, the competition is tough!

Funding is crucial to enable us to carry on doing the invaluable work we and our volunteers are doing across Greater Manchester to help tackle loneliness and social isolation. We have entered for £25,000 funding which will be a huge help towards our running costs.

We are really proud of the work done to date by us and our incredible group of dedicated volunteers, to help end loneliness. We consider our befriending service to be mutually beneficial to all involved; the older people feel less isolated and lonely because they have a new friend and our volunteers feel a great sense of achievement and pride at the difference they have made to someone’s life by dedicating just an hour of their week to volunteer.

The shortlisting process is completed solely by public vote and we really need your help to get us shortlisted. All you need to do to help us be in with a chance of winning is vote! Our project is called ‘Befrienders to end loneliness’ Please follow this link: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/acfcms/get-involved

Voting closes 18th November 2016 so please get your votes in before then. Please feel free to share with friends, family and colleagues and really help boost our votes.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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Our fundraising heroes!

Darren, Gaige, Harley and Mark, employees at The Human Support Group, completed the Manchester 10k on Sunday 22nd May 2016. The team have varied experience of running and all saw the 10k as a big challenge, however they all managed to complete the race in under an hour! The team chose to donate their sponsorship money to Cyril Flint Volunteers and this came to a huge £1062! We are very grateful for the team’s support and this money will go towards helping reduce loneliness in older people in the community.

Zoe, also an employee of The Human Support Group, competed in the Ladies National Angling Championships 2016 and managed to rank at an impressive 10th place, (higher than some of the pros who were competing!) and raised a huge £435 for Cyril Flint Volunteers Charity!

Cyril Flint is a registered charity and so not only do we rely on volunteers and all the hard work they do, but we also require funding to keep delivering the service we offer. We believe that no older person should be lonely. Most people have been affected by loneliness in one way or another during their life, most of us are lucky that this may only be a fleeting feeling. Unfortunately lots of the older people who are referred to us have little or no interaction with others and as such feel lonely most of the time. You can appreciate the huge impact this can have, not only on a person’s mood, but also on their health, well-being and self-esteem. We aim to help reduce the amount of lonely older people in the local community by matching them with a volunteer befriender who can spend an hour a week with them, hopefully on a long term basis, enabling them to form a genuine and long-lasting friendship which really makes a difference to the older person’s life.

If you or your company would like to raise money to help support Cyril Flint Volunteers, please get in touch by email wordpress@cyrilflint.org, Facebook Cyrilflintvolunteers, or by calling 0161 942 9465.

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Solicitors turn footballers for charity!

The staff at the Manchester branch of Mills and Reeve LLP have been fundraising throughout the year collecting donations via  a football tournament, bake sales and other events to raise money for charity. The law firm selected Cyril Flint Volunteers as their joint office Charity of the year 2015 – 2016 after a recommendation from one of their employees, Elaine, who has been a volunteer with Cyril Flint for several years. We are pleased to say that the firm managed to raise a sizeable £811 for Cyril Flint Volunteers and this will help us to continue to help lonely older people in the Manchester area.

The Partners of Manchester Mills and Reeve LLP have also selected Cyril Flint Volunteers as one of the local charities they wish to support and have donated a further £1975 from their Charitable Trust!

The team at Cyril Flint would like to pass on a HUGE thank you to all who helped to raise money and all of those who donated!

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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………..