The sky’s the limit…literally!

Hi everyone! Hope all is well.

The topic of today’s blog is very exciting indeed; some might say the prospect of what will be discussed even has them on cloud nine. That’s right, Cyril Flint Befrienders, in partnership with ‘Sky Line Events’, now offers you the opportunity to take part in your own sponsored skydive.

Imagine the absolute thrill of being able to fly through the sky at a height of 10,000ft, and speeds of up to 120mph! The jump itself is called a ‘tandem skydive’, and  involves being strapped to a qualified ‘British Parachute Association’ tandem instructor. In essence, they do all the hard work for you! You are thus left to enjoy the invigorating feeling of free-falling for the first 5000ft, before gliding safely to the ground after the parachute has been deployed!

The Details:

This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Being able to take part, whilst also raising funds for a worthwhile cause, is a win/win scenario. There are however a few important details to take note of first:
Each individual needs to raise a minimum of £395. This sum covers three costs:
• £70 deposit paid on booking.
• £185 approx jump cost (varies between airfields). You pay this in cash on the day of jump, to the air field.
• £130 – £140 approx charity sponsorship money (gift aid is an option on this). This money is normally raised online, or collected by the air field on the day. You must bank a post-dated cheque 4 weeks after the event.

In addition, anything raised above the £395 also goes straight to the charity too!

Diving Experiences:

If you’re thinking this is a great idea, but are possibly a little apprehensive at the same time, look at some of the testimonials below of those adrenaline junkies who have come before you:

“That initial rush as you topple out of the plane is like no other feeling I have ever experienced!” ~ Shelly

“For all newbies out there I’d recommend just doing it! You’ll be hooked after your first time… I think I’m on my 5th skydive now and I will never get over the thrill of it.” ~ David

“Skydiving is honestly amazing! I felt so nervous at the thought of it in the past, but you only live once, and when it was over I was glad I did it. I felt like Superman!” ~ Rob

However, if those testimonials aren’t enough to convince you, take a look at this awesome video provided by ‘Sky Line Events’ at the jump in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut8fr6JSb7w

How you can get involved:

A  skydive is an undoubtedly unique way to help us raise funds for Cyril Flint Befrienders, and an experience to be remembered for life. If you’re interested in completing the skydive, please contact our fundraising coordinator Sam for your information pack at:
[email protected] (Tel. 01619429465)

Equally, if you want to take the leap and sign up immediately, you can follow our bespoke charity link to the ‘Sky Line Events’ website:
https://booking.skylineevents.co.uk/?add=23&referrer=charity&charity=95290&siteid=50

We hope to see some of you soaring through the sky in due course!
Until next month,
Jack.

Are you up to the Cyril Flint Accumulator Challenge?

IT’S BACK! We’ve enjoyed huge success with our Accumulator Challenge over the past two years! We’re delight to be launching this year’s event on 1st May 2019!

How the Accumulator Challenge it works:

Each entrant is given a start-up fund: £100 to Teams and £50 to individuals.

We appreciate that organising any fundraising activity can involve some upfront costs and we don’t want you to be out of pocket! So you can use this fund to get started on your Accumulator Challenge fundraising mission!

The fundraising takes place 1st May – 31st October. We will set each team up with a Just Giving page and you can direct all fundraising, donations and sponsorship to this page. You will also be able to see how you are doing compared to the other Accumulator Challenge teams!

In November you will be invited to an awards evening! Here we will bring individual and team participants, Cyril Flint staff, befriendees and befrienders together. This will be an evening of celebration of all the fundraising that has taken place throughout the six months. It will also be an opportunity for teams to meet some of the people their fundraising will help. During this evening we will present awards for special achievements.

Awards will be presented to individuals and teams for the following:

  • Most innovative fundraising idea
  • Most funds raised
  • Best publicity piece

Support throughout

You will be supported throughout the six month challenge. We have a How-To guide full of ideas on how you can spend your start-up fund to generate more funds! From spending it on ingredients for cakes to host your own bake sales in the office, to using the funds to hire a room and entertainment and put on your own event! We have step by step guides and our Operations Manager, Alex, will be on hand throughout the six months to help you. We will also provide you with any Cyril Flint items that may help. This could include balloons, branded t-shirts, posters, pens and leaflets.

Why we do it

Andrea & Barbara, a Cyril Flint befriending match

As a charity we are dependent on donations, grants and fundraising to enable us to continue operating. We are on a mission to combat loneliness and isolation in older people across Trafford and South Manchester. We do this by providing a one to one befriending service. Cyril Flint are so fortunate that many local people approach us to become volunteer befrienders and generously give up their time to volunteer each week. Our service is totally free of charge to all older people who access it but we require funds to keep operating. These funds cover the costs to train and support our volunteers, to support our older people and to keep the charity operating and reaching more older people in need of our help.

Why we do the Accumulator Challenge

Instead of asking people to make a donation, we run the Accumulator Challenge as a fun and interactive way for people to support us. It can be a great personal challenge or act as a brilliant team-building exercise over the six months. It will all end with an evening of celebration and some special awards. The awards are to recognise those that have gone that extra mile!

Fiona & Amy, a Cyril Flint Befriending match

How you’ll make a difference

By taking part in the 2019 Accumulator Challenge you will not only be helping us by raising much needed funds, you will also be raising awareness of Cyril Flint Befrienders. You may do that via your team mates, through the people who purchase cakes at your bake sale, or those who attend any event you hold. Awareness raising is vital to us as it helps to inform more people about our service and potentially help the word spread to those older people in the community who may not have heard about us before. So please consider this when planning your fundraising, it is not all about the grand total of funds raised, but also about the number of new people who learn about our work via your efforts.

The 2018 Accumulator Challenge was great fun, with events from bee hunts and cake sales, to jarbolas, choir evenings and race nights! Teams crafted items, negotiated brilliant deals with local businesses and really exceeded our expectations. In the last two years over £10,000 has been raised by participants and we can’t wait to see what this year will be bring!

Get your pack today!

For more information or to request a free pack, contact Alex: [email protected] or call 0161 942 9465

 

Trowers & Hamlins Bee Hunt 2018

We’re hiring! New Community Fundraiser position

Cyril Flint Befrienders

With over 5 million elderly people living on their own, and around two fifths (around 3.9 million) of all older people citing television as their main source of company, loneliness is an ever-present problem within our community (Campaign To End Loneliness).

Cyril Flint, an elderly pensioner living on his own in the Trafford area, was a classic example of one such individual. Having spent 20 lonely Christmas holidays on his own, since the passing of his wife, Cyril’s story not only evoked a wave of compassion within the community, but it also made us want to do something to help. Setting up an informal befriending service, designed to help prevent social isolation, seemed like the perfect solution. Since its creation, our scheme has grown throughout the Greater Manchester area and we are now a registered charity with an increasing number of active volunteers throughout the community.

Cyril Flint Befrienders is an established befriending service that currently covers Trafford and South Manchester areas. We rely on Volunteers to spend an hour a week to visit a person (usually in their own home) befriending a person on a regular one-to-one basis. This may be someone who lives alone who has little or no contact from friends and family with limited community support. Knowing someone is popping in once a week can make a huge difference, not just to relieve their loneliness and isolation but also to boost the older person’s self-esteem and confidence and give them something to look forward to on a weekly basis.

Community Fundraising

We are delighted to be recruiting for a brand new role and are looking for a pro-active individual with community fundraising and volunteer management experience to join us as a Part-Time Community Fundraiser, helping us to maximise local fundraising activities. You will be developing existing fundraising initiatives as well as developing your own to help increase fundraising income for the charity. You’ll be responsible for helping to raise the profile of the charity and attracting new loyal and regular supporters. You will be part of a small, friendly team whose work has a huge impact on the lives of lonely and isolated older members of the community.

Responsibilities

  • To raise funds for Cyril Flint Befrienders to help us continue our work. This can be from a wide range of community based activities including local events, local businesses and other sources.
  • To foster excellent working relationships with both internal and external partners to support the successful achievement of the community fundraising strategy.
  • To promote the work of the charity and raise awareness of it in the local community, including developing presentations, giving talks, organising information stands and arranging charity displays.
  • To develop existing fundraising activities of the charity, expanding on our current fundraising strategy to maximise income.
  • To initiate new fundraising events throughout the year, raising awareness and income for the charity.
  • To acquire new supporters, inspiring new individuals, businesses and local schools and groups, to raise money for the charity.
  • To lead in recruitment of fundraising volunteers and their management.
  • To ensure effective promotion and marketing of volunteer fundraiser opportunities across the Trafford area, through online advertisements, posters, attending fairs and events and by any other suitable means.
  • To assess initial volunteer applications and complete telephone interviews with prospective volunteers.
  • To ensure a comprehensive and up to date file is kept, both hard copy and online, for each volunteer.
  • Be able to work flexibly with regards to working patterns as evening and weekend work will be required on occasion as part of the role.

Person Specification

Skills/abilities (desirable)

  • be a team player
  • be pro-active and resilient
  • able to organise and manage a busy workload
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • able to negotiate with confidence to influence a wide range of individuals
  • able to maintain good working relationships with people
  • have good IT skills
  • have a creative and innovative approach to fundraising

Experience (desirable)

  • experience having worked in a community or events fundraising role
  • experience in marketing, PR, events
  • experience of recruiting or managing volunteers
  • experience of raising funds in a community setting
  • experience of working to targets, plans or budgets
  • experience of communicating with a wide range of audiences
  • experience with local press/media
  • experience using social media to organise events/fundraise

Other requirements (essential)

  • a full driving license
  • access to vehicle
  • able to work evenings and weekends as required

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and as Community Fundraiser, there is the expectation that you will perform duties which are necessary to the on-going success of the Charity.

Working hours

20 hours per week (flexible pattern)

Office location

Sale

Pay

£22,000 pro rata

Closing date

12 noon Friday 25th January 2019

Interviews

To be held Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th February at our Head Office in Didsbury.

Application Form: Application pack form

Email to: [email protected]

Christmas Raffle winners!

And the winners of the Cyril Flint Befrienders 2018 Christmas Raffle are…

1st Prize: 2 x White Denim tickets @ Albert Hall AND a pre-gig meal at Albert’s Schloss – Caradoc Morris

2nd Prize: 2 x The Streets tickets @ Manchester Apollo – Chezan Hirani

3rd Prize: Man City v Crystal Palace tickets – Hannah McKenna

4th Prize: Man City v Wolves tickets – Bryan Titchet

5th Prize: Signed Manchester United Pennant – Jan Kelsall

6th Prize: Signed Courteeners Vinyl – Bryan Titchet

7th Prize: £60 voucher for Albert’s Schloss – Jane Taylor

8th Prize: Junk Yard Golf for 4 – Dan O’Donoghue

9th Prize: Meal for 4 at the Great North Pie Co. – Harriet Fisher

10th Prize: 2 Course Meal for 2 at Pizza Express, Didsbury – Maureen Maunsel

11th Prize: Sunday roadst for 2 at Mr Thomas’s Chop House – Lucy Drennan

12th Prize: Cocktails and nibbles for 4 at Zaranda, Didsbury – Maureen Maunsel

13th Prize: 2 x Gulliver’s world Twixmas tickets – Tracie Leith

14th Prize: 2 x tickets to Everyman cinema, Altrincham – Caradoc Morris

15th Prize: Gel Manicure at Evie’s Retreat, Didsbury – Joane Wilkinson

Cyril Flint Befrienders compete to win £25,000 to combat loneliness!

Each year the Aviva Community Fund sets different categories of funding pots and invites worthy causes to apply for grants of up to £25,000. The way the competition works is that all projects are shortlisted solely by public vote, and the voting is currently open to the public until 20th November.

We have applied for £25,000 to help towards our running costs to enable us to continue operating and carry on helping lonely and/or isolated older people across Greater Manchester.

Each year we aim to create 100 new friendships, as well as continuing to support all of our existing befrienders and befriendees, we also arrange special events to encourage the older people we befriend to come out and experience something different – this year we’ve had afternoon tea’s with live acoustic performances; magicians and other live entertainment and have introduced monthly Cuppa and Company events. Want to know more? Listen to what Maureen has to say about having a befriender here.

In our latest review:

100% said they were happy with our service and would recommend it to others!

93% felt less lonely because they have a befriender.

77% felt less isolated because they have a befriender.

Here’s how you can vote for us and help us secure those vital funds to keep helping those who really need a friend:

There is also a new option this year whereby you can click through to our Crowdfunding page and make a pledge of support. All donations large and small will go a long way towards helping us secure enough funding to continue our work in Greater Manchester.

Thank you for your support!

 

Race nights, choir evenings and bee hunts to end loneliness…

We’re still counting the coins and adding the total together but we wanted to say a huge thank you to all of the teams who participated in our 2018 Accumulator Challenge! Our teams hugely varied from corporate teams, to individual fundraisers getting help from friends and family and each and every person involved has dedicated time, energy and resource to make their fundraising a success.

As a small local charity we are reliant on grants and local community support and fundraising to keep operating. Not only have this years’ teams helped to raise £1000s to contribute towards our running costs, they have also been out in the community, sporting our T-shirts and sharing our leaflets and raising awareness to help us reach more isolated and lonely older people whose lives can really be changed with a new friend from Cyril Flint Befrienders.

We’ve loved hearing about (and attending!) quiz nights, choir evenings, race nights, book sales, bee hunts, jumble sales, craft shops and more! It’s been brilliant seeing the new and creative ways each team has come up with to fundraise and been brilliant to be able to include our volunteers and befriendees along the way! We can’t thank each team enough and look forward to a night of celebration later this month to thank each person involved and announce some special prize winners!

See how the teams did, or pledge your support here: https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/CyrilFlintBefriendersAC2018

If you’re interested in fundraising for Cyril Flint Befrienders and helping us in our mission to combat loneliness, send us an email [email protected] or give us a call on 0161 942 9465

We’re hiring! New Community Fundraiser position

Cyril Flint Befrienders

With over 5 million elderly people living on their own, and around two fifths (around 3.9 million) of all older people citing television as their main source of company, loneliness is an ever-present problem within our community (Campaign To End Loneliness).

Cyril Flint, an elderly pensioner living on his own in the Trafford area, was a classic example of one such individual. Having spent 20 lonely Christmas holidays on his own, since the passing of his wife, Cyril’s story not only evoked a wave of compassion within the community, but it also made us want to do something to help. Setting up an informal befriending service, designed to help prevent social isolation, seemed like the perfect solution. Since its creation, our scheme has grown throughout the Greater Manchester area and we are now a registered charity with an increasing number of active volunteers throughout the community.

Cyril Flint Befrienders is an established befriending service that currently covers Trafford and South Manchester areas. We rely on Volunteers to spend an hour a week to visit a person (usually in their own home) befriending a person on a regular one-to-one basis. This may be someone who lives alone who has little or no contact from friends and family with limited community support. Knowing someone is popping in once a week can make a huge difference, not just to relieve their loneliness and isolation but also to boost the older person’s self-esteem and confidence and give them something to look forward to on a weekly basis.

Community Fundraising

We are looking for a pro-active individual with community fundraising and volunteer management experience to join us as a Part-Time Community Fundraiser, helping us to maximise local fundraising activities and increase fundraising income for the Charity. You’ll be responsible for helping to raise the profile of the charity and attracting new loyal and regular supporters.

Responsibilities

  • To raise funds for Cyril Flint Befrienders to help us continue our work. This can be from a wide range of community based activities including local events, local businesses and other sources.
  • To foster excellent working relationships with both internal and external partners to support the successful achievement of the community fundraising strategy.
  • To promote the work of the charity and raise awareness of it in the local community, including developing presentations, giving talks, organising information stands and arranging charity displays.
  • To develop existing fundraising activities of the charity, expanding on our current fundraising strategy to maximise income.
  • To initiate new fundraising events throughout the year, raising awareness and income for the charity.
  • To acquire new supporters, inspiring new individuals, businesses and local schools and groups, to raise money for the charity.
  • To lead in recruitment of fundraising volunteers and their management.
  • To ensure effective promotion and marketing of volunteer fundraiser opportunities across the Trafford area, through online advertisements, posters, attending fairs and events and by any other suitable means.
  • To assess initial volunteer applications and complete telephone interviews with prospective volunteers.
  • To ensure a comprehensive and up to date file is kept, both hard copy and online, for each volunteer.
  • Be able to work flexibly with regards to working patterns as evening and weekend work will be required on occasion as part of the role.

Person Specification

Skills/abilities (desirable)

  • be a team player
  • be pro-active and resilient
  • able to organise and manage a busy workload
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • able to negotiate with confidence to influence a wide range of individuals
  • able to maintain good working relationships with people
  • have good IT skills
  • have a creative and innovative approach to fundraising

Experience (desirable)

  • experience having worked in a community or events fundraising role
  • experience in marketing, PR, events
  • experience of recruiting or managing volunteers
  • experience of raising funds in a community setting
  • experience of working to targets, plans or budgets
  • experience of communicating with a wide range of audiences
  • experience with local press/media
  • experience using social media to organise events/fundraise

Other requirements (essential)

  • a full driving license
  • access to vehicle
  • able to work evenings and weekends as required

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and as Community Fundraiser, there is the expectation that you will perform duties which are necessary to the on-going success of the Charity.

Working hours

20 hours per week (flexible pattern)

Office location

Sale

Pay

£22,000 pro rata

Closing date

12 noon Friday 25th January 2019

Interviews

To be held Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th February at our Head Office in Didsbury.

Application Form: Application pack form

Email to: [email protected]