Supporting a local charity is great for local businesses as you get to see the effects of your efforts right on your door step. There are a number of ways you can get involved both as an employer and an employee.

We have a dedicated Fundraising Manager who is happy to offer support and advice to employees wanting to organise an event for example a quiz night, cake sale or raffle. And to employers who might like to support a specific project and develop a more sustainable Charitable/CSR partnership.

Payroll Giving

Payroll Giving is a very simple tax-free donation direct from employees pay. Payroll giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 0.80p, and if you’re a higher rate of tax payer it will only cost you 0.60p.

Check to see if your employer offers the scheme, simply fill in a form that can be supplied through your payroll department and the total amount you want to give will be deducted from your pre-tax salary.

If your employer does not have the payroll giving scheme in place, don’t worry – it’s quick and easy to set up. Employers simply need to sign a contract with a Payroll Giving Agency.

Pennies from Heaven

Pennies from Heaven is a simple concept. Employees net pay is rounded down to the nearest pound with the pennies donated to charity. Earn £850.34 then 34p is donated to charity. Charities are chosen by the employers mostly in conjunction with employees.

Pennies from Heaven is a way to give regularly, in a structured and tax efficient way to charities complimenting all other fundraising activities undertaken by staff. For more information visit www.penniesfromheaven.co.uk

Sponsored Fundraising Events

You and your staff could get involved in one of our organised fundraising events or create your own activity – visit our fundraising events page for inspiration.

Sponsor a project or one of our core services

As an independent local charity we are largely funded by charitable grants and trusts. Like most voluntary organisations, we have been dealing with major challenges to maintain our services in the face of dire public finances. Challenges such as - people living much longer with reduced pensions, cuts in preventative social services and inappropriate housing which leads to increased poverty, poor social and health care and loneliness.

We welcome corporate support and would be happy to discuss possible sponsorship of one of our many projects operating across the city.

40 social activity groups, ranging from arts and craft to cooking to gardening – helping to tackle social isolation

Reminiscence projects such as our football reminiscence project with NCFC – ‘Still on the Ball’ and Walk in the Park for people living with dementia.

IT training – a volunteer led course, helping older people use IT – which is a great way to reduce isolation – helping distant families and friends to stay in touch.

Intergenerational activities – we work with a number of schools across the city, bringing together young and old in a range of activities to share skills and learn together.

Carer Support - Many of the people providing daily care for a loved one are themselves over 65. We have several projects offering much needed respite, information and advice and peer support.

Information & Advice – is one of our core services which includes Welfare Rights support. Last year we had contact with nearly 6000 older people and helped get £1.6 million into the pockets of older people that they needed and deserved. These core services make a massive difference to the lives of older people, however they are often hard to attract funding.

Volunteering – we can organise staff volunteering opportunities for individuals and groups. Volunteering is a great way of sharing skills, building confidence and team morale.

We’d be happy to build a CSR programme suitable to your business needs, which can include any of the above activities and in return we can offer dementia awareness training, pre-retirement advice and programmes and support with dealing with older customers and employees.