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Everards Community Excellence Fund Grant

We are delighted to have been awarded funding through the Everards Community Excellence Fund supported by The Everard Family Foundation & Carling.

The grant will be in support of The There With You Fund and will enable us to provide essential items to people in Leicestershire directly impacted by the pandemic, including:

8 beds,

8 cookers,

8 fridge-freezers

household vouchers..

… to change the lives of a minimum of 30 individuals / families in real hardship over the next few weeks.

On behalf of the many clients the funding will support, huge thanks to the Fund!

@everards1849 @carling @sembleUk

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New note cards – out now!

We are excited to launch two fabulous new Note Card ranges – thanks to our Proud Business Supporter Matt Glover Photography , who has kindly allowed us to use his stunning nature shots and also Full Square who have assisted with printing. We have: The Pink Pack &The Blue Pack!

Each pack features five cards of two designs (10 cards per pack, with Kraft envelopes provided) and cost £5. Blank inside for your message, the cards are a lovely way to keep in touch or mark a milestone – knowing that at least 50% of the proceeds will be helping to provide essential items to people in need.

Available now on our website* at and soon at the Lifestyle Barn at @BawdonLodgeFarm .*plus p&p

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New child poverty report

New research from the End Child Poverty Coalition – conducted over the past five years – shows that even pre the COVID-19 pandemic, child poverty has been rising – with over half a million more UK children living in poverty than five years previously.

The research shows that children know what poverty means; the feeling of embarrassment, the assumptions that they won’t achieve anything, and the anxiety and uncertainty that impacts your mental health.

It also shows that three-quarters of children in poverty are from families where at least one parent is in work.

The report shows that:

* In the year 19/20 in the East Midlands, 27% of children were living in poverty.

*In the list of the 20 local authorities with highest increase in child poverty rates after housing costs, 2014/15 to 2019/20 Leicester had risen from 30% to 37.7% .

The Coalition is calling on the Government for a comprehensive plan to tackle child poverty, including an increase in children’s benefits and to stop the £20 cut to family income that is due in October 2021. The report also highlights that the impact of the pandemic is not yet known. With our 140+ years of experience supporting those in need, we know that the hardship that COVID-19 has caused will continue for a considerable time to come. Even when the economy starts to recover, it will take a considerable period before those benefits filter down to those most in need.

Thank you once again for your continued support, which is helping to ensure a decent quality of life for more vulnerable local families in the communities in which we work. Read the full report here:

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Leicestershire 3 Peaks Sponsorship Opportunities

As we look forward to opening up registrations for our award-winning Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge later this month, we have a number of sponsorship opportunities available.

If you know a business who would like to support this popular event (taking place on 26th September) which, in turn, will help to ensure people in need are warm, safe and fed, please get in touch.

From being a key sponsor to helping to provide the popular doggie-goodie bags for our four-legged finishers, you can find out all the details at

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There With You Fund – making a difference over the past year

Today (14th April) the Leicester Mercury produced a feature on the There With You Fund, launched exactly a year ago to support people across Leicestershire finding themselves in hardship and directly impacted by the pandemic.  Read the article here which includes a client, Shannon, sharing her story.

For more information on the impact your support is having during the COVID crisis, click here.


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Did Captain Tom inspire you this time last year? New 100 fundraising challenge launched

Did Captain Tom inspire you this time last year?
Have you heard, that today (6th April) a new fundraising drive for charities has been launched to help mark all that Captain Tom achieved?
All you have to do is think of your own ‘100 themed’ fundraising challenge or activity to raise funds between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May.
There are no rules (apart from Government guidelines on the roadmap out of lockdown) and it’s open to everyone. Do it your way and have fun!
Bake 100 cakes, tell 100 jokes, do 100 laps of your own garden….
Get sponsored = support Charity Link = change the lives of those most in need due to Covid-19.
Or you could simply decide to donate 100 pennies or 100 pounds and make a real difference! We’d love to know what you have planned.
Remember £5 raised for Charity Link helps to provide £25 of essential items for those in need.
If you don’t know how this magic works, or you are planning to lend your support, we’d love to hear from you – email Rachel at
You can use the special Virgin Money Donation site which contains more information here – or simply raise funds and donate in any of the usual ways.
Remember we’d love to hear what you have planned and see photos or please do share your activities on social media and tag us too.
If you need some ideas – click for 100 on the Challenge PDF here.
Good luck!
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Did you spot Charity Link on last night’s ITV Central News?

Last night’s 6pm ITV Central News (23rd March) was a special programme marking the year anniversary of lockdown and the impact of the pandemic.

The programme featured one of Charity Link’s clients, Shannon, who has been struggling to make ends meet since she lost her job at the start of the pandemic. Shannon is a single mum to her two children and also looks after her teenage brother. Shannon was keen to share her story to raise awareness of how tough it can be for low-income families and she wanted to highlight what a huge difference your support makes during times of need.

The film also included a short interview with Charity Link Director Susan McEniff talking about the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable families.

If you missed the programme you can watch here:


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Operations Manager Vacancy

We have an exciting vacancy for an Operations Manager, based in our office in Leicester city centre.
Click here for all the details.
 Please share with anyone who may be interested in this new role which will make a vital difference to our work supporting thousands of people in need each year.