What are the benefits of partnering with Age UK Barnet?
A partnership with us could be beneficial for your business by helping you meet your corporate social responsibility objectives. It's a great way to motivate employees, gain insight into the over-50s market, get some great PR and help Age UK Barnet to support vulnerable people in the local community. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How can we get involved?
There are a number of ways your organisation can partner with us.
Choose Age UK Barnet as your Charity of the Year
Please consider choosing Age UK Barnet as your business Charity of the Year. In return we would offer joint branding on our fundraising materials and our events, as well as positive PR and local media coverage.
Sponsor one of our events
Your staff could get involved in our events throughout the year, such as our annual volunteer party/volunteer social events and our Christmas lunch for clients. By sponsoring an event you help us with the costs, for example, food and decorations, and in return get some great PR and local media coverage.
Display a collection tin
Could you display a collection tin in your office or shop? This would help us to collect much needed donations to continue our vital work in Barnet.
Donate a raffle prize or service
Could you donate a prize for one of our many fundraising raffles and competitions - perhaps a bottle of wine, box of chocolates or biscuits, bath goodies, gift vouchers, or free services?
If you would like to donate a piece of equipment, we would be very grateful. We could use working IPads for our IT support sessions, equipment for our hairdressing room and computer equipment for our staff.
Send employees to volunteer
Could you send a team to help out at an event or activity? It's a great way for staff to bond by working together to help vulnerable older people. Previous staff teams have served Christmas lunches, helped teach older people how to use technology and painted our hairdressing salon.
Some examples of opportunities we can offer are:
Activity at the Ann Owens Centre, East Finchley, N2 8LT
Help run an activity session and spend an enjoyable afternoon chatting and socialising with a group of older people. It could be a quiz, playing board games, music, cooking, arts and craft, but we are also open to ideas if volunteers’ have particular talents/skills they would like to share.
We would be able to offer this on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. The timings would be 1.30- 3.00pm. Maximum would be 10 people.
Trip/outings for clients
Groups of volunteers can help us take our clients on a trip to the cinema, park. Organising an outing to a place of interest with volunteers’ acting as buddies is a great way of interacting and providing support.
We would be able to offer this on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. This could be a full day or half a day.
Techy Tea Party
It’s vital that older people are engaged with technology and this opportunity allows volunteers’ to contribute to our digital inclusion work with older people. Clients bring along their smartphones, tablets and laptops and are supported by volunteers’ in learning how to use them. All over a cup of tea and a slice of cake!
Volunteers do not need to be IT experts in order to help, just everyday users of technology who are confident dealing with people. Generally the help required is quite basic and the sort of things we often take for granted, such as learning to send a text message or how to open an attachment on an email, or how to use iPlayer on a tablet. As there is a social element to the session too, there is scope for volunteers to chat to the older people, do some meeting and greeting and serve refreshments, which may appeal to those who are less confident with computers and technology. The days and timings are flexible. Maximum would be 10 people. The venue would be sheltered housing in Barnet or the Ann Owens Centre.
We would love to discuss these options or any ideas you may have. We can work with you to agree timing (we generally need to plan activities and events two/three months in advance).
Run a fundraising event
Your employees could run their own fundraiser to help raise vital funds for our work. They could do a cake sale, dress down day, a sponsored walk or run, or a raffle. There's so many things they could do - contact us for more ideas!