Charity Award 2020

Each year since 2017 we have asked our members and the general public to nominate charities to win a donation from our Charity Award. So, back in May we started the process of requesting nominations and received over 1,000. The hard work then began with our charity team trying to whittle down the list to just ten charities.

After a tough decision, below are the final ten charities, each charity has provided further information about who they are and what they do.

Please select your chosen charity and click submit. If you are an existing member, please fill in your policy number.

Charity Award 2020

Andy's Man Club Charity - Reference Number: 1179647

ANDYSMANCLUB was established in 2016 after the tragic loss of Andrew Roberts to suicide, Andrew was 23 years of age with no known mental health problems and his death came as a total shock to the family. We believe that if Andrew had somewhere to go and talk that he may have still been here today.

Initially starting out in Halifax in 2016 with one club ANDYSMANCLUB has now grown. We currently have 28 clubs across the UK and Scotland with an average of 900 men attending a week.

Our clubs are peer to peer support groups with no professionals involved, we are run by the men that use the groups. We have no registration or referral in process. Any man over the age of 18 can attend any of our clubs on a Monday evening 7pm except bank holidays. There is also no charge for attending even the cuppa and biscuits are free. We provide a safe, non judgemental space for men to come together to talk about any issues that they may have with men going through similar experiences, our aim is to reduce and prevent men taking their own lives.

All our clubs are volunteer led with in excess of 200 men donating their time and in addition we are fully donation led and receive at present no funding.

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Angels Small Paws Dog Rescue - Charity Reference Number: 1171121

Originally established  in 2010, we became a registered charity in January 2017. We are run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers.

Angels are committed to making an impact on the rescue of dogs in difficult situations, abandoned, in dog pounds and those dogs who will be put down, and strive to ensure safe & loving homes are found for all those dogs that come into our care. On average, we rehome approximately 450 dogs each year. To date we have rehomed over 5,000 dogs.  

Every dog placed in our care goes into a foster home environment to enable us to assess the needs of the dog. We ensure that every person who wants to adopt an Angel dog undertakes a homecheck. We ensure that the right home is found to meet the dogs needs.


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ASSIST Sheffield - Charity Reference Number: 1154862

ASSIST Sheffield is a community-led charity providing refused asylum seekers with
crucial support and hope in the form of accommodation, advice and access to
essential services.

We help some of the most vulnerable people in Sheffield who unfortunately are
not granted the right to work, housing, benefits or other vital support despite
having fled their home countries from the inescapable horrors of war,
violence and persecution.

Our accommodation services include a night shelter, houses and a network of Sheffield people welcoming asylum seekers into their spare rooms.

ASSIST provides an invaluable lifeline for these individuals to become a part of
Sheffield’s community, empowering them to thrive through access to bus
passes, social groups and welfare payments.

We rely on the kindness of our community to sustain these essential services
which makes every penny mean so much.


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Baby Basics Sheffield - Charity Reference Number: 1168099

Baby Basics has been working in Sheffield since 2009 providing essential baby/toddler equipment to vulnerable women, including but not limited to, teenage mums, women seeking asylum, women fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking.

We provide clothing, toiletries and other essentials needed for life with a new baby. Baby Basics works closely with midwives, health visitors and other agencies to provide a safe, reliable service that people can trust.

Our aim is to not only provide some of the essentials needed but to do so in a way that preserves dignity and speaks the truth about how valued and precious these women and their children are.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began we have supported over 1,500 families, which is an increase of 340% on 2019 referral rates.

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Golddigger Trust - Charity Reference Number: 1166191

Golddigger Trust is a grassroots, award-winning youth work charity, working to raise positive wellbeing and self-worth in the lives of vulnerable young people.

As mental health concerns and isolation grows for young people across Sheffield, Golddigger Trust is committed to ‘unearthing value’ within them (digging out the gold), and helping them to reach their full potential.

Each year, Golddigger Trust supports hundreds of young people from across Sheffield, equipping them with the confidence and skills to make positive choices for their futures.

Golddigger Trust’s support is open to EVERY young person in Sheffield, with many of the young people accessing help struggling with their mental health and issues around self-harm, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression and other vulnerabilities. We aim to make sure this is not the end of their story.

The charity runs community projects, 1:1 mentoring, self-esteem and mental health group courses, weekly wellbeing drop ins, work in local schools and much more, based from it’s ‘Centre For Young People’ in Nether Edge, and its outreach projects across Sheffield. 

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Paces - Charity Reference Number: 1104356

Paces is a specialist centre, school and charity all rolled into one! We support children and adults living with neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, strokes, MS, Parkinson’s and brain injury. We believe that everyone has the right to achieve their true potential; we believe in ability, not disability!

As well as offering a special needs education for children age 3-18 years, we also provide a method of support called conductive education, which teaches our children and adults to achieve the greatest level of independence. We teach life-changing skills such as sitting, standing, walking, speaking, communication and self-care.

We also deliver an Adult Sessional Programme, where we support those living with the effects of a stroke, MS, Parkinson’s and brain injury. In these sessions, we reteach the skills which have been lost due to their illness.

We are currently supporting 78 families and the demand for our services continues to grow. Over the last three years, we’ve had to turn away over 100 families who wish to use the school as we simply do not have the capacity!

All of this is about to change:

-We no longer want to turn families away who need our support.

-We want a welcoming school without leaky roofs as our children and adults deserve so much better!

-We want a new home for Paces.

Our new school and centre will include a hydrotherapy pool, sports hall, sensory gardens, café, therapy rooms, overnight respite and much more!

To achieve this, we need to raise £3.5 million to build a brand new school and centre which will allow us to support up to three times as many families. 

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Roundabout Ltd - Charity Reference Number: 1061313

Roundabout is South Yorkshire’s youth homeless charity, providing emergency  shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Roundabout’s overall aim is that no young person should have to experience sleeping rough and we are committed to making sure that this doesn’t happen. Whilst our Homeless Prevention Service is there for anyone who needs advice or mediation to rebuild family relationships, in 2018 we found that not all young people were coming to our drop-in to seek help. Sadly, we began to see rough sleepers in Sheffield who were aged under 25. These young people immediately became our priority, leading to us developing a new street outreach team called Rapid Rehousing.

We now have dedicated workers who actively go out into the community, identify homeless young people who need intensive support and help them to access accommodation. Across all our services, we give young people more than just shelter – we give them a chance to turn their lives around by encouraging them to develop long-term independent living skills and empower them to break the cycle of homelessness.

We need your support so that we can we help even more young people in our region. Demand for our services has increased dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic, please help make sure no young person has to sleep out on our streets.

“Roundabout have a fantastic staff team – if my support worker is not available, there are other staff members I can talk to and will help me as much as they can. I can’t thank Roundabout enough, they are all wonderful and because of them, I can sleep peacefully and safely. I’m really grateful that I have my own place with Roundabout, otherwise I don’t know where I would be today.”

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Ruddi's Retreat - Charity Reference Number: 1146035

Ruddi’s Retreat is a children’s charity based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

The charity provides free respite breaks for children and their families living with cancer and life limiting illnesses. Ruddi’s Retreat owns and operates four adapted caravans (one is fully accessible) that are situated at Primrose Valley on the East Coast in Filey.

Ruddi’s Retreat was founded by Ali Waterworth in 2012 after her son Ruddi had undergone life saving treatment and surgery for a rare form of cancer when he was just six and a half months old. Ali and her family received a short respite break whilst Ruddi was receiving treatment and it meant so much to them that Ali knew she wanted to create the same experiences for other families.

The charity has gone from strength to strength and now helps over 150 families each year.

In addition to the retreats the charity also has a beautiful well established cake shop based in the picturesque village of Slaithwaite. All of the profits (after expenses) go straight to the charity to help pay the £200 required for each families respite break.

The benefits to each and every family that receive a break is immeasurable and makes a huge difference to them as a whole. A chance to rest, recuperate and spend some quality time together away from hospital appointments, treatment and surgery.

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Saffron - Charity Reference Number: 1010129

Saffron offers a much needed free counselling and psychotherapy service to women in Sheffield who have experienced trauma or abuse.

Established over 30 years ago Saffron provides specialist one-to-one psychotherapy, wellbeing courses and therapeutic group activities for women in Sheffield who have experienced trauma and abuse such as sexual violence, domestic abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation and torture.

We work holistically with women to enable them to create lasting change in their lives, to understand the abuse they have suffered is not their fault, and to effectively treat their trauma.

We aim to work with every client at the pace which is right for them and our clients tell us that this approach makes all the difference in enabling them to deal with underlying traumas which have often gone unaddressed for years or decades.

We are the only free service in Sheffield which offers up to a year of support for those clients with the most complex and severe trauma symptoms.

“ felt for the first time like somebody understood. Like I wasn't broken, weird, a lost cause, guilty, etc. I hadn't met anybody who had understood before, so that was a huge moment for me.” Saffron client

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The Children's Hospital Charity - Charity Reference Number: 505002

Here at The Children’s Hospital Charity, we are proud to provide funding to Sheffield Children’s Hospital to fund specialist goods and services that the NHS does not cover.  Children come from all over the country to see our hospital’s specialists and we work hard to ‘make it better’ during their stay, which can range from a few hours through to months on end. The money raised through your charitable donations buys life-saving equipment, funds vital research and treatment for thousands of children from across the world and helps us create a comfortable, engaging environment for our patients.

Our Haematology & Oncology Department is the Principal Treatment Centre for children with cancer and leukaemia, from babies through to 19 year olds within South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Derbyshire. 

Ward 6 is dedicated to these special patients and we want to completely transform this ward and deliver a brand new home from home with space, privacy, natural light and isolation - a place of sanctuary and calm. Children who suffer from cancer can develop post-traumatic stress but we can help relieve the tension and anxiety by providing private bedrooms and parent beds to give our poorly patients a place to make their own, have a good night’s sleep and recover sooner. Any funds raised via Sheffield Mutual will go towards our Ward 6 Capital Appeal and help support children with cancer for many years to come.

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