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Meet the teams!

Meet the Teams!

Our 2018 Accumulator Challenge launched on 2nd April and we wanted to introduce this years’ teams! All have signed up to take part in our 6 month challenge, whereby the charity gives them £50 to turn into as much money as possible via smart and creative investment and money making schemes! Last years’ teams raised over £6000 and we can’t wait to see what ideas this years’ teams have. Here’s a little introduction to our 2018 Accumulator Challenge fundraisers:

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A group of staff members from the Didsbury branch of the Human Support Group, who provide domiciliary care to older people across the UK, have set up a team. They can appreciate first hand, from their client base, the growing issue of social isolation and loneliness in older people and indeed some of the company directors were the founding trustees of Cyril Flint Befrienders. They plan to utilise their team members unique skillset, namely of baking and creating, to fundraise across the six month challenge and hope to encourage donations from colleagues, friends and family. Look out for their tasty creations on our Facebook page!

Social Lites Women’s Institute

This fabulous group are back for more! They reigned champion of ‘Best Publicity Piece’ in our 2017 competition and successfully raised over £1300 for the charity through a variety of fundraising initiatives. The group are passionate about helping local causes and have planned a series of events, including jarbolas, choir evenings, a 100 club, tombolas and stall sales, to raise awareness of the charity and to raise as much money as possible for our cause! Details of events open to the public to follow.

Team Trowers

Trowers and Hamlins LLP Manchester staff recently voted and selected Cyril Flint Befrienders as their Charity of the Year for 2018 AND 2019! The staff have already been busy fundraising for the charity this year via a very fun quiz night that raised over £1000 and cake sales and dress down days. They were keen to take part in this event as part of their fundraising campaign for the charity and are excited to take on the challenge!

South Manchester BforB

South Manchester Business for Breakfast group are a networking group that meet alternate Wednesdays when most of us are still sleeping! They have networking meetings over breakfast, as most are representatives from small businesses or are sole traders and need to utilise every moment of their day. They are formed of a variety of businesses from business coaches, financial advisers and mortgage brokers, to recruitment consultants and refreshment providers. The team are planning to run various events throughout the challenge including raffles and a wine tasting evening, to raise funds.

Cathrine McGrory

Catherine is a current volunteer with Cyril Flint Befrienders and actively fundraises for charities on a regular basis. This year Catherine has chosen to take part in our fundraising challenge and plans to climb Mount Snowdon as well as planning afternoon tea treats for family and friends. You can sponsor Cathrine via her Just Giving Page (below).

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It’s back – Accumulator Challenge 2018

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After the success of our first ever Accumulator Challenge in 2017, in which 10 groups raised over £6000, Cyril Flint Befrienders are launching our next challenge and hoping to beat last years’ total!

We are inviting people to join as teams, either with colleagues, friends or family,  to see how much money you can raise to help us in our mission to combat loneliness.

We are a Greater Manchester based charity whose aim is to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people by offering a free befriending service, offering much needed friendship and a connection to the local community that so many older people are missing. As a Charity, we are dependent upon donations, grants and fundraising to help us to continue to operate and reach more lonely older people.

How the competition works:

  • Your team/group/organisation will be given a starting fund of £50
  • You will then have a 6 month period 2nd April – 1st October 2018 to turn this £50 into as much money as possible for Cyril Flint Befrienders. You can use the money to buy ingredients for bake sales, prizes for quiz nights, or whatever else you need to help in your fundraising efforts.
  • After the six month period we will hold an awards evening and crown winners in the following categories:
    • Most Funds Raised
    • Most Innovative Idea
    • Best Publicity Piece

For more information or to request a registration form, please contact Alex Neil or call 0161 942 9465


Special thanks to the sponsors of this event The Human Support Group.

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‘An old fashioned Cowboy and a Hi-tech Astronaut’

‘An old fashioned Cowboy and a Hi-tech Astronaut’

‘A bunch of misfits on a hunt for treasure, fighting a family of gangsters on an underground pirate ship’

‘ A group of 20-somethings regularly meeting in a coffee shop to discuss the ups and downs of their lives’

From Toy Story, to The Goonies, to a show literally titled ‘Friends’, the importance of friendship is a common theme in popular culture. The importance of having an individual, or a group of people who support you through the bad times, celebrate the good times and generally know you inside out. Friendship really is one of life’s great blessings, but what happens when the friendship’s fade?, when your friends have gone or its now too difficult for you to leave your own home and get out there?

This is the reality that many of today’s older generation are facing, with loneliness now being ranked as more harmful than obesity, to the wellbeing of our nation.

This November, Cyril Flint are on a mission to change all that, with their #30daysoffriendship campaign. Throughout the month there will be the opportunity to get involved in lots of different fundraising activities – all with the aim of raising much needed funds for the charity and increasing awareness of the difference it can make just having a friend.

In recent studies is has been found that those who had a close group of friends, and were actively engaged in social activities, were likely to live longer and be healthier overall. Because let’s face it, regardless of your age friendships make you feel happier, increase your sense of belonging, keep your mind alert and active as well as reducing stress levels – all of which greatly contribute to an improvement in physical and mental wellbeing.

Living with loneliness can be extremely painful and can have a detrimental effect on a person’s mood and their mental health. Many elderly people with early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s can find that their symptoms are accelerated by the lack of social interaction and stimulation in their day to day lives.

Cyril Flint Befrienders, aim to combat loneliness and social isolation in elderly people in Greater Manchester through friendship; they match lonely older people up with a volunteer befriender who visits them for an hour a week. Although an hour may not seem much, older people who access the service tell us that having a befriender makes a huge difference to their mood; don’t believe me? – just look at the testimonials! Friendships and human contact matter, and can make a real genuine impact on the life of a lonely or isolated person.

So what are you waiting for? – get out there and get involved, it can be as simple as going round for a brew and a biscuit, or putting some loose change into a donation box, but believe me it really does make a difference.

For more information about the #30daysoffriendship campaign or the work that Cyril Flint do, explore our website further or follow us on social media: Twitter: @CyrilFlintBefriender and Facebook: CyrilFlintBefrienders

Special thanks to Anna Morrissey from Block 8 for her guest blog. Block 8 offers digital consultancy and designs bespoke business systems for your company. Click on their logo to visit their website:

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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. 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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Spotlight on Social Lites WI

social lites wiSocial Lites WI are another fabulous team participating in our Accumulator Challenge and we want to tell you about the great work they’ve done so far to raise awareness and fundraise for Cyril Flint Befrienders!

As part of this year’s WI initiative, all WI’s are committing to taking action to ‘Alleviate Loneliness’. After learning about our befriending service and the work our volunteers do in the community to help combat loneliness, Caroline and the Social Lites team were keen to help. They have done a huge variety of fundraising initiatives from Jarbolas to Jumble Trails to Afternoons Tea, to name the Teddy! They are keen to get everyone involved and have so far raised an impressive £600 but are keen to bump this up to £1000 by the 30th September competition end date.

To donate to their team’s fundraising, click here.


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Spotlight on Small Group Angels

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Our Accumulator Challenge is an event aimed at raising vital funds, as well as awareness of Cyril Flint Befrienders and the work we are doing to combat loneliness and isolation in the elderly residents in Greater Manchester.

We were delighted when one of our existing Volunteer Befrienders asked if she could form a group to take part! Small Group Angels is a team set up by one of our Volunteer Befriender’s Sarah. Sarah has been volunteering with us since 2016 and befriends a gentleman called Donald. Sarah has recruited a few friends and together they have formed the Small Group Angels to participate in the challenge. The group have tried to think outside the box when it comes to fundraising ideas and kicked off their fundraising with a Smarties challenge whereby they gave tubes of Smarties away and asked that after people had enjoyed the chocolate inside, they then filled them with loose change. This idea raised over £150!

The team then got baking and hosted their own Afternoon Tea in their back garden. The British weather was kind to them and they had a lovely sunny day and very full garden, with a grand total of £415 being raised! Sarah also brought along Donald as guest of honour! Their next and final event is going to be a Wine Tasting evening, which they are hoping will bring their fundraising up to £1000!

To donate to their team’s fundraising click here.


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Spotlight on Old Trafford Wonder Women WI

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Cyril Flint Befrienders launched our first ever Accumulator Challenge earlier this year, where we invited teams to sign up and compete to see who could raise the most funds in a six month period. All teams were given £50 each and tasked to be as creative as possible to turn this into as much money as possible for the charity to help us in our mission to combat loneliness in the elderly.

With the competition now nearing its completion, with the final day for fundraising being 30th September 2017, we wanted to shine some light on our brilliant teams and the tireless work they have been doing since April to fundraise.

The WI’s across the country have voted to campaign to alleviate loneliness. Even before the vote had been cast, OT Wonder Women WI had decided they wanted to support Cyril Flint in some way as they were touched by the work we do in the local community. The group have done a variety of fundraising events over the last few months, with the most funds being raised at Old Trafford Picnic Day, where the group had a cake stall and some bistro table and chairs set out. The team sold cakes and refreshments and provided table service with the help of the local Brownies and had a very successful day raising £500 for Cyril Flint Befrienders!

Their next event is a Jumble Trail in Old Trafford, where residents set up stalls at the end of their drives to sell items they no longer need, old treasures and bric a brac! Be sure to give the Trail a visit on Saturday 16th September in Old Trafford. Last year over 50 houses took part so it’s sure to be a bug event!

To donate to their fundraising click here.


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Spotlight on PHMG

PHMG climb Snowdon for Cyril Flint

In April this year Cyril Flint Befrienders launched our first ever Accumulator Challenge. We invited teams to sign up and compete to see who could raise the most funds in a six month period. All teams were given £50 each and tasked to be as creative as possible to turn this into as much money as possible for the charity to help us in our mission to combat loneliness in the elderly.

With the competition now nearing its completion, the final day for fundraising being 30th September 2017, we wanted to shine some light on our brilliant teams and the tireless work they have been doing since April to fundraise.

Having fundraised an amazing £3636.70 in 2015-16 for Cyril Flint Befrienders, the Music Team at PHMG were excited to sign up for our Accumulator Challenge this year. From the outset their aim was to do something big and after toying with a few ideas they decided to climb Snowdon. They knew this would be a challenge but felt it still didn’t stand out enough and so opted to climb Snowdon by moonlight to make it that bit more difficult!

The support the team received was outstanding and they raised a huge £1700! The team are now busy arranging their next event, a music quiz, which should be a little kinder on their tired legs!

To donate to the team’s fundraising, click here.



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:

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, Facebook Cyrilflintvolunteers, or by calling 0161 942 9465.