In the Community

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

2017 Charity Award

This year we've let you decide which charity receives the £5,000 2017 Charity Award!

Earlier this year we asked for nominations, staff and Committee members then shortlisted the final 10 and they were put to the public vote. The final 10 were as follows: Be Child Cancer Aware, Cavendish Cancer Care, Foxhill Forum, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre (South Yorkshire), Neuro Support Group (Rotherham), Rain Rescue, Sheffield Mencap & Gateway, Survivors of Depression in Transition, The Osbourne Trust and finally Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Voting closed on the 31st July 2017 after a very close vote throughout the final winners stormed ahead in the last few days eventually winning by 300 votes!

Cavendish Cancer Care

Cavendish Cancer Care

Jonny Cole – Fundraiser, Cavendish Cancer Care said,

"All at Cavendish Cancer Care were delighted to receive the news we had come out top in the public vote for the Sheffield Mutual Charity Award. At Cavendish we believe in putting the person back at the centre of their care and support. Our clients tell us this means so much to them and makes a massive difference to their feeling of wellbeing and ability to cope with their cancer journey.  This is reflected in the level of support we have received in this vote, we saw so many people who care passionately about the charity sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter asking their friends and family to vote for us. We are overwhelmed by the final result but most importantly the donation means we can offer almost 200 extra hours of therapeutic care and support."

Cavendish Cancer Care is Sheffield based charity who first opened it's doors in 1991 to people across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, they recognises that cancer affects every aspect of a person’s life and that the impact of this life-changing diagnosis extends far beyond the patient. They offer free-of-charge support in the form of counselling and complementary therapies to whole families  including reiki, shiatsu, massage, armatherapy massage, hypnotherapy, reflexology and art therapy, they see clients within 5 days of initial contact. They have a specialist Children’s and Young Person’s Service (providing play therapy, counselling etc) and Bereavement Services, they support the whole family, not only the cancer patient and help to reduce the severity and duration of this impact. Cavendish care is available at all stages of the cancer journey from diagnosis, through remission and recurrence, to end of life care and bereavement. 

They provide a place where people can share feelings and thoughts without guilt or the fear of upsetting anyone, they help people feel more in control, more confident and more able to cope.

They need £600k per annum to provide their services which needs to be generated, in the largest part, through fundraising activities. 

They currently support around 1,500 families each year and in their 25th anniversary year saw their 20,000th client, but know that there is much more they could be doing if they had more funding. There are 65,000 people already living with and beyond cancer in our region, and in South Yorkshire alone another 8,900 will be diagnosed this year, which equates to one person every hour. Many thousands more will be affected by their diagnoses and they want every one of them to know that they can count on their support. They are not an NHS charity and receive enough NHS funding to keep their doors open for only 3 weeks, relying on the generosity of local people to make sure they are here to support cancer patients and their families.

Visit their website to find out more:-

For Autism, For Epilepsy, For Disability

For Autism, For Epilepsy, For Disability

2017 Staff Choice Charity.

This year the staff at Sheffield Mutual have chosen Support Dogs as their charity of the year.

Support Dogs is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with epilepsy, physical disabilities and families of children with autism.  “Training dogs to Transform lives”

This year is a massive milestone for Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society and Support Dogs, as we join in celebration for our 125th and 25th birthdays respectively. Sheffield Mutual has been in collaboration with Support Dogs for over 4 years now, donating over £25,000 via various schemes and staff fundraising.

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

This year Sheffield Mutual is donating a further £2,500 as the staff's chosen charity for 2017. Support Dogs will use this to fund their annual graduation ceremony and to help spread the word about this fantastic charity.

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. Download complete and return the simple form below to request a donation. Requests must be in line with our Donations Policy as outlined below.

Community Fund Application Form (391.4K, .PDF)

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 and good causes will be required to use their best endeavours to promote the Mutual Friends scheme and 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.

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