Age UK Sheffield is a local charity that works throughout our city with people over the age of 50. It is estimated that there are 24,000 people aged 65 or over living in poverty in Sheffield. And 12,000 older Sheffielders who are always or often lonely. Our vision, mission and values are dedicated to change that. We provide practical and financial information and advice and we also work with people in their own homes providing all areas of practical support.
Because of our role in the community, we have to be very careful to reference, DBS check and train our volunteers who work one to one in the community. Because of this, it can be a little tricky to incorporate volunteers into our daily schedules at short notice.
However, there are plenty of activities that a group or business can take part in that would be both fun and of enormous help to us! Take a look at the list below and the fundraising pack at the bottom of the page, then, if you think you could help us with any of these activities (or if you and your team come up with any other ideas or suggestions) please do get in touch and let us know. That way we will be able to send you all the info and materials you might need and we can support you to support our charity!
In Office Ideas
Run a Fundraising Event
Your colleagues/employees could run their own fundraiser to help raise vital funds for our work. How about organising a cake sale, a dress down day or a simple raffle. There's so many things that you team could do – we’d be more than happy to help, so please contact us for more ideas! Call us on (0114) 250 2850 or email: email@example.com
This is a really easy but incredibly helpful way that you and your office/organisation/ friends can help us. Encourage colleagues to have a declutter and bring any unwanted gifts, clothes or bric-a-brac that they no longer use or need and we can organise to come and collect them from you. This would be especially helpful as we are currently opening our first ever Age UK Sheffield shops, that will raise money specifically for our charity (as opposed to national Age UK Charity shops) which means money raised from your donations will go straight back into providing much needed support and services for older people in Sheffield. We can provide you with designated bins/boxes for the donations to go in and even arrange to come and collect them from your office. We can help you design a cobranded flyer to put up in your offices and email around to your colleagues to let them know about your donation drive. If this is something you’d be interested in, we would love to help so please get in touch!
Display a Collection Tin
Could you display a collection tin in your office, reception area or in your shop? This is a really nice and simple way to show your support and it would help us to collect much needed donations to continue our vital work in Sheffield. To organise this, or ask for more info, please call us on (0114) 250 2850 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organise a Sponsored Walk, Run, Hike or Dance
A sponsored walk or run is a great way to get your team out and about doing something different and raising money! Not only would it be a great way to support our charity but a fun new activity for team building and socialising. Or, do something a little different and have a go at organising a sponsored dance, hike of even a three legged race! We could help you by creating cobranded flyers, social media posts and provide you Age UK Sheffield vests/hats to wear as well as donation tins. If this sounds like something you’d be keen to get stuck into, please get in touch!
Organise a Pub Quiz
Who doesn’t love a pub quiz?! Could you organise a quiz at your local pub or café? You could write your own questions or download a pub quiz online. We can help you with cobranded flyers and promotion on social media. People could pay a donation in order to take part and have lots of fun for a good cause! We will supply you with a donation bucket and collection tins and support you to set it up. If this is something you’d be interested in, then please get in touch!
Host a coffee Morning
A coffee morning is a really lovely way of showing your support and raising money for our charity, as well as being a wonderful excuse for a catch up, a coffee and maybe even a nice slice of cake with friends and colleagues. We would be able to support you with flyers and collection tins, and can send you some of our print materials and leaflets that detail all the services and support we provide in Sheffield. That way, people attending your coffee morning will know exactly what their donation will be supporting as well as being able find out about the support that we offer that may be of help to themselves or their relatives and neighbours. You could ask colleagues and friends if they’d like to bake something or bring some snacks or chocolate treats along. People could either donate if they wish, you could request a suggested donation, or people could pay for a slice cake and a coffee, whatever suits you! If this interests you, please do get in touch with us so that we can help you organise your coffee morning.
Join Our Outdoor Taskforce
You could volunteer to join the Dore and Totley Outdoor Taskforce which includes a gardening and litter picking group. These groups are run by amazing people and no long term commitment is required. Bring your whole team and enjoy doing something active and rewarding in the fresh air. Get in touch if you're interested and we will help your organise the session! Call us on (0114) 250 2850 or email: email@example.com
We always need volunteers to deliver flyers for us. This can be in specific areas/house to house/in surgeries and pharmacies. Many of the older people that we help/or could be helping do not have internet access and may struggle to get out and about. This means that it can be challenging to ensure that they are aware of the services and support that we could be offering to them. Because of this, delivering flyers to homes, GP surgeries, community centres and libraries can be paramount in enabling access and awareness of our support and services to the people who often need it the most. Your team, organisation or office could volunteer a day in which you deliver our flyers to specific locations. This could even be organised as a group walk or even a sponsored walk! If this sounds like something that you and your team would like to help with, please get in touch!
Does your Organisation have a Charity of the Year?
If your organisation usually chooses one, it would be fantastic if you could consider choosing Age UK Sheffield as your business Charity of the Year. In return we would offer joint branding on our fundraising materials and our events, as well as providing practical support in gaining positive PR and local media coverage. If this is something you'd be interested in, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Sponsor One of our Events
Your staff could get involved in our events throughout the year, such as our Christmas dinner and Wellbeing Centre summer party. 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. If this is something you'd be interested in, please do get in touch!
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, gift vouchers, or free services from your organisation? Any prize donation would be greatly appreciated and would help us raise more money for our charity. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in helping us with, please get in touch!
Host a Company Workshop
If your company has a particular area of expertise could you run a one-day workshop and collect donations as a sign up fee? This could be a workshop on a whole variety of different things, from craft workshops to design workshops, or even a training session. We would be able to support you with cobranded flyers and promotion of the workshop or event. If this is an idea you’d be keen to explore further, please get in touch with us!
Could any of your team make a monthly donation to us out of their salary? Regular giving helps us to provide our vital free information and advice services to older people. If you have any questions about this, please call us on (0114) 250 2850 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org