In the Community

In line with our history, heritage and ethical values, Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society is committed to helping charities and good causes in the course of doing business.

Our 2020 Charity Award

Now in our fourth year, the Sheffield Mutual Charity Award has grown from strength to strength.

The Charity Award, which launched in 2017, aims to support Yorkshire-based local registered charities.

We ask our members and the general public to nominate their favourite charities. At the end of the nomination process, a panel of staff and Committee members shortlist the charities to the final ten.

The 2020 Charity Award will then make donations to the top three charities, as voted for by the general public.

Donation prizes are as follows:

1st place: £5,000

2nd   place: £1,500

3rd   place: £1,000

Voting is now closed, all votes are now being counted, we'll be announcing the winner soon, please check back for updates.

Read all about our 2019 Charity Award

After months of voting, the winners have been announced for our 2019 Charity Award.

The ten charities that went through to the public vote in 2019 were: DAG: Scarborough Disability Action Group, FareShare Yorkshire, The LimbBo Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Sheffield Flourish, The Sheffield Cats Shelter, Vida Sheffield, Weston Park Hospital, Whirlow Hall Farm and York Teaching Hospital Charity (Butterfly Appeal).

Voting closed on 31st July 2019 and the winners were announced as follows:

  1. Weston Park Cancer Charity - £5,000

  2. The Sheffield Cats Shelter - £1,500

  3. Whirlow Hall Farm Trust - £1,000

Weston Park Cancer Charity provide comprehensive support services to help anyone affected by cancer deal with the wide range of emotional, practical and financial difficulties that can occur as a result of a cancer diagnosis, issues that medical treatment alone cannot address.

The Sheffield Cats Shelter's mission is to find loving homes for homeless or neglected cats. They never put a healthy cat to sleep and ensure that all cats in the shelter's care receive any medical treatment that they need.

Whirlow Hall Farm offer nurturing, curriculum-linked programmes of therapeutic farm-based activities to help children better understand themselves and provide schools with valuable insights into each child’s learning needs. Their programmes at the farm are designed to alleviate anxiety. Whirlow provides a wide range of activities that allow the child to be successful. 

Chief Executive Officer, Jamie Bellamy said:

“We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received for this year’s Charity Award. I would like to thank the ten charities and congratulate the winners who I’m sure will put their donations to good use. Supporting local charities and community groups forms a part of our culture and we hope that the Charity Award will continue to go from strength-to-strength in the years to come.”

We sponsored Support Dogs 2019 Graduation!

We have been working with Support Dogs since 2012, where our funding has previously sponsored the training of assistance dogs. Employees have also had a big involvement, with three members of the team completing skydives and raising thousands of pounds, with another two taking the plunge in 2020.

That's why we were delighted to sponsor their annual 2019 Graduation Ceremony.

The graduation gave the charity the chance to celebrate the successful completion of the training of human/canine partnerships, as well as a thank you to the charity's many supporters, including clients and volunteers.

Support Dogs is a national charity based in Sheffield who provide and train dogs to assist people with autism, epilepsy and disabilities. They train seizure alert dogs to provide a 100% reliable warning of up to 50 minutes prior to an oncoming seizure – essentially they are giving people their lives back.

Danny Anderson, Fundraising Manager at Support Dogs said: “Sheffield Mutual’s support for our work in improving the lives of those affected by autism, epilepsy and disability has been phenomenal. They are a company who really care about their community and put so much back into it. We are thrilled with our relationship with them and delighted that they were able  to sponsor our annual Graduation Ceremony in 2019.”

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Sheffield Mutual Community Fund

Each year the Society will aim to make funds available for donations to smaller local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations from the Sheffield Mutual Community Fund. Simply print, complete and return the form below to request a donation. Please read the 'Donations Policy' below before you apply.

Donations Policy

In addition to supporting our staff chosen charity as outlined above, further donations up to £1,000 may be awarded to local charities, community, and voluntary and self-help groups in line with the following criteria:

  • it must address a community issue or need
  • it must come from South Yorkshire or from elsewhere if nominated by an existing member of the Society
  • priority will be given to projects or initiatives aimed at relieving hardship, poverty or suffering
  • recipient charities must agree to participate in publicity photos etc. if required

All applications will be considered by a selection panel made up of staff and committee members. The panel's decision will be final.

There are a few standard exclusions to be aware of:

  • Donations will not be made to individuals, companies, political parties or religious groups (unless the project will benefit the wider community)
  • Donations are not normally available for the benefit of overseas communities
  • Donations are not normally available to cover general running costs, but must be for specific projects, initiatives, services, facilities or equipment
  • Donations are not available for statutory services, such as libraries and hospitals
  • Charities or groups who have received a donation within the last 12 months should not apply


Sheffield Mutual will consider requests for local sponsorship. The sponsorship must be consistent with our values and with the intention of benefitting communities within the Society’s South Yorkshire heartland. 

Contact us now if you want to discuss a particular sponsorship opportunity.

Community Fund Application Form (407.5K, .PDF)

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