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.

Voting for our 2019 Charity Award is now open!

Each year since 2017 the Society has asked its members and the general public to nominate charities to win a Charity Award. So, back in January we started the process of requesting votes and received over 450 nominations. The hard work then began with our team of staff and Committee members trying to whittle down the list to just ten charities. After a long and difficult debate we chose:

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  • 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 
  • York Teaching Hospital Charity

You can find out further information about these charities before you cast your vote by visiting our voting page.

Voting will close on 31st July 2019 and the winners of the Charity Award will be announced in August 2019. 

This year we are offering the top three charities a donation as follows:

1st place: £5,000

2nd place: £1,500

3rd place: £1,000

Read all about the 2018 Charity Award

The ten charities that went through to the public vote in 2018 were: Candlelighters, DSWESTPENNINE, Epilepsy Action, Headway Sheffield, Leukaemia Care, Rotherham Federation of Communities, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, Second Thoughts and last but not least The Cathedral Archer Project. 

Voting closed on 31st July 2018 and the winners were announced as follows:

  1. The Cathedral Archer Project - £5,000
  2. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care - £1,500
  3. Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind - £1,000

The Cathedral Archer Project, Sheffield, works with homeless adults from sleeping bag to employment and an enjoyable and fulfilling life.

Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) has been giving older people in Sheffield a helping hand when they need it most since 1966.

Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind provides opportunity, support, friendship and services to blind and partially sighted people, helping them to achieve whatever they wish to do and whatever they aspire to be.

Business Development Manager, Dawn Gregory would like thank the 10 charities who took part and to everyone that got involved, nominated a charity or voted. She said "I've now visited all three winners, so if you'd like to find out more and see how the money has been spent, please visit our blog ( As a mutual we like to give something back to the community, so it is fantastic to be able to help some of the smaller Yorkshire based charities in 2018 and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.”


Sheffield Mutual conutinues to sponsor the Support Dogs Graduation Ceremony in 2019.


Marky after a hard day working

Marky after a hard day working

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.

Support Dogs is a national charity based in Sheffield who provide and train dogs to assist people with epilepsy, disabilities and autism. 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.

Sheffield Mutual has been working with Support Dogs since 2012, our funding has previously sponsored the training of assistance dogs Poppy and Zippy and a dog we named SmurfStaff have had a big involvement too, with 3 of the team completing Skydives raising thousands of pounds! 

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 are able sponsor our annual Graduation Ceremony.”

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 benefiting 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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