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.
Sheffield Mutual's Charity Award
Last year Sheffield Mutual introduced the Charity Award concept, after various nominations and thousands of votes, local charity, Cavendish Cancer Care, stormed into the lead in the final stages and won by 300 votes.
Read more about 2017's Charity Award
Last year we asked you for nominations, staff and Committee members then shortlisted the final 10 charities to be 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!
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:- https://cavcare.org.uk/
2018 Charity Award - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We're changing things for 2018 and will be issuing awards to the top 3 charities as voted for by you.
- 1st place £5,000
- 2nd place £1,500
- 3rd place £1,000
We need you to nominate your favourite charity before 31/03/2018. Nominations will then be checked and put forward to staff and Committee members to select the final 10. Voting will commence in May 2018 with the winners being announced in August 2018.
Don't forget to pop back here in May to cast your vote!
Sheffield Mutual has pledged a further £2,500 to sponsor Support Dogs in 2018
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 we've recently had the priviledge of naming one of the dogs and following a suggestion from one of our Facebook followers, we decided on the name Smurf: Smurf… Sheffield..Mutual..Friendly Society. Staff have had a big involvement too, with 3 of the team completing Skydives raising over £2,000!
Sheffield Mutual sponsored the Support Dogs annual graduation ceremony in 2017 and are pleased to announce that this sponsorship will continue in 2018.
Dawn Gregory, Business Development Manager (Sheffield Mutual) said: "The Graduation Ceremony celebrates the achievement of the Support Dog partnerships and also gives a chance for their supporters, sponsors and fundraisers to see first-hand the effect that their donations have had on people’s lives by hearing some of the partnership's personal journeys. I always make sure to take a box of tissues and they are always needed! I’m also pleased to announce that Sheffield Mutual has pledged to continue its support in 2018 and hopes to continue the collaboration for many years to come.”
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.”
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.
Community Fund Application Form (407.5K, .PDF)
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.