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:

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:

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

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

Could you be our new Charity Secretary?

About the role

As a registered Charity Cyril Flint Befrienders is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are responsible for making all major decisions about the charity. They decide its direction of growth and are ultimately responsible for ensuring the charity continues to act in line with its Articles of Association.

Our mission statement reads:

‘The relief of those in need by the reason of old age and/or ill health, through the provision of a befriending service in England. To promote social inclusion to those who are excluded from society because they are housebound or unable to access transport, lack social network or other reason, by the provision of:

1 A befriending and volunteering service, visiting people in their own home;

2) A befriending and volunteering service supporting people to access local community facilities;

3) Support to access information technology at home to enable greater social inclusion.’

Our Board meet bi-monthly and are looking for a dedicated volunteer to join us as Charity Secretary. You will report to the Chair of Trustees providing vital support to ensure the smooth running of the charity’s operations. Duties will include:

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the role, please email your CV to Alex  or feel free to call us on 0161 942 9465 if you wish to discuss the role further.

Free learning for Cyril Flint Befrienders

We’ve teamed up with Stephenson College to offer free work-book based course to our volunteers. This is an opportunity to complete a Level 2 course free of charge. The courses are work-book based, so can be completed in your own time to fit around other commitments.

There are a variety of Level 2 courses available, including:

Counselling Skills

Understanding Autism

Introducing Caring for Children and Young People

Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Working with Individuals with Learning Difficulties

Understanding Behaviour that Challenged

Understanding Nutrition and Health

Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Working with People with Mental Health Needs

Equality and Diversity

Information, Advice and Guidance

Lean Organisation Management Techniques

Principles of Customer Service

Principles of Team Leading

Common Health conditions

Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care

Customer Service for Health and Social Care settings

Principles of Dementia Care

Principles of End of Life Care

All courses are fully funded as long as they are completed in full. Failure to complete the course will incur a charge to cover the cost of the workbook and registration fee.

You will be given 12 weeks to complete your course and you will be supported by Cathy, a Stephenson College Tutor throughout your course duration.

You need to let Alison know by no later than 21st February which course you are interested in, to allow time for us to order your workbook. Call Alison on 0161 942 9465 or email [email protected]

You will then need to attend a sign up session on 27th February at 6pm, at: Homecare Support, Craig House, 33  Ballbrook Avenue, Didsbury, M20 3JG, where you can meet Cathy, the tutor and collect your workbooks!



National Befriending Week 2016

This year National Befriending Week is being celebrated 1st – 7th November. We firstly want to say a huge, huge thank you to all of our volunteer befrienders for the time they dedicate to helping combat loneliness and isolation in the community.

It’s a very saddening fact that many older people find themselves feeling alone, lonely and isolated. This could be for many reasons, such as they do not have any family, they have outlived their friends, their family live far away or perhaps they have limited mobility and can’t get out and about without help. Whatever the circumstances, it is upsetting to think of people who live in our community being lonely and not feeling like they have a friend.

Cyril Flint Befrienders was established in 2012 after Cyril mentioned to his Care Worker that he was going to be spending his 23rd Christmas alone. An ad was put in the paper about this and evoked a wave of compassion throughout the local community; so many people were interested in helping that an informal befriending service was formed, which later became a registered charity. Our aim is to help combat loneliness and isolation in the community through befriending. We match lonely older people up with volunteers who live or work nearby and who can spare an hour a week to visit them for a cup of tea and a chat!

In 2016 so far, Cyril Flint Befrienders has befriended 111 older people in Greater Manchester, that’s 111 hours a week that our volunteers are giving to help combat loneliness and the physical and mental impact it can have on people. We cannot thank our volunteers enough, for their dedication and commitment in maintaining a friendship with their befriendee and often going above and beyond to have a positive impact on their befriendee’s lives. Through just one hour a week befrienders can fill a huge gap in a lonely older person’s life; giving them someone new to talk to; giving them something to look forward to each week and most importantly being a friend and letting them know they are not alone.

If you want to get involved, please contact Alison:

[email protected]

0161 942 9465