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Trustees – join us for our Managing Small Charities in a Covid-19 World event

Are you a Trustee or do you know someone who is involved in the running of a small charity in the Midlands?

Our expert Trust Administration team are hosting an online event on Wednesday 30th September (between 3pm and 5pm) and will, with the help of a number of expert speakers, give advice on managing small charities through and beyond the pandemic crisis.

To book your free place click here

If you have any questions on this event and would like to secure a place please email trustadmin@charity-link.org

Managing Small Charities in a Covid-19 World:
3pm – 5pm Wednesday 30th September

Welcome and introductions
Covid-19 and your charity’s investment portfolio – Ed Cufflin – Senior Investment Manager, Charles Stanley
Building resilience in an ever-changing world – Jacqui Purnell – Resilient Leaders Consultant
Running effective online meetings –
Katie Scranage and Sue Stevenson, Charity Link Trust Administration Service
Lois Hubbard, Project Manager – K2 Media Services
Finding resources, meeting increased need and reaching beneficiaries through the Covid crisis – Susan McEniff, Director of Marketing and Fundraising, Charity Link
Support services for your Trustees – Katie Scranage and Sue Stevenson, Charity Link Trust Administration Service
Question and answer session – Panel

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Planning to support Charity Link with some vital fundraising?

We need your support more than ever to help us meet the increased need for our services.

But we also need to make sure that everyone who is offering their support keeps themselves and others safe.

If you are planning to organise some fundraising activity in the coming weeks / months please always keep abreast of current government guidance in relation to the pandemic and latest distancing advice. Depending on your fundraising activity, some factors to consider include:

• Maintain an appropriate distance from others at all times. Use floor markings or signage to clearly set out the appropriate distance people should be from each other.

• Don’t organise fundraising activity in an enclosed area where social distancing cannot be maintained (such as small rooms or a narrow street).

• Ensure hand sanitisers are available and ask people to use frequently

• Wear face masks where mandatory

• Encouraging people to give their support via giving donations on an online giving page (such as Justgiving) is preferable to collecting small change at this time. For advice on setting up an online page click here.

• If people need to complete any information (such as a form for a guess the number of beans in a jar competition) people should be encouraged to use their own pen where possible or pens / clipboards etc. should be cleaned before and after each use.

For any questions on organising your fundraising support at this time, please contact Rachel at rachel.markham@charity-link.org

 

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Don’t forget to use AmazonSmile!

Have you been doing a lot of online shopping during lockdown?

If you are a regular shopping on Amazon, the good news is that AmazonSmile customers can now support us in the Amazon shopping app on iPhones and Android phones!

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and everytime you shop via AmazonSmile you’ll also be raising funds for Charity Link (for historic reasons we are listed as Leicester Charity Organisation Society rather than Charity Link):

1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.

Tell others who shop via Amazon but use Amazon Smile as this is such an easy way to help raise funds to help ensure local people in need are warm, safe and fed!

 

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Charity Link articles in the Leicester Mercury

Check out today’s Leicester Mercury and Leicestershire Live website to read articles on our Strides Apart 2020 challenge and also of the £7584 grant given to the #therewithyou fund by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Lord Willy Bach to support local people in need during the pandemic.

Read the articles here:

How you can help take strides to support Leicester people facing hardship 

Police and Crime Commissioner praises There With You fund for “excellent work”

 

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Get on your bike!

Due to Covid-19 the huge charity bike ride which takes place in London each year isn’t possible, so this year the organisers have decided to run this year’s RideLondon cycling festival as a virtual event – making it even easier for you to take part and raise funds for Charity Link!

RideLondon 2020 was due to take place on 15 and 16 August so instead the virtual event will take place over this weekend. It encourages riders to take part in events from 1km to 100 miles.
There is also a free cycle event that allows you to set your own challenge on the wheels of your choice, including skateboards, rollerskates, wheelchairs or anything that is self-propelled.

The theme of the event is:
My Distance
My Charity
My Way!

Simply pick the distance you want to challenge yourself to complete:
Nineteen (cycle only)
Forty Six (cycle only)
100 (cycle only)
Freecycle (riders set their own distance of 1km or more and can take part on any self-propelled wheels – bikes, scooters, skateboards… This is great for kids)

and register on the organisers website, it is free!

Let then let us know that you are taking part for Charity Link. Along with the certificate you can claim from RideLondon, we will also provide you with a special medal to thank you for taking part to raise funds to help provide essential items for people in need in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.

Use our special link to easily set up your fundraising page for the event here.

 

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Leicester Marathon – Run the World

The Leicester Marathon scheduled for 11th October has unfortunately been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Instead the organisers are asking people to take part in a virtual event – ‘Run the World’ from 1st – 30th September.  Full details can be found on the organisers website:  Leicester Marathon.

You can choose to link your fitness logging device and run as many miles as you wish during the period – all contributing to a Leicester (and also wider running community) total – can you help get to the USA?

If you would like to link your running around the world efforts to raising funds for Charity Link we would of course be extremely grateful and there is no doubt we need your support more than ever.

It costs £15 to register and you will receive a Run the World medal from the organisers.

Run to raise funds for Charity Link and we can provide a Charity Link t-shirt / vest so you can highlight your support, along with sponsorship forms etc.

You could also choose to link your Run the World efforts to our Strides Apart event, also taking place in September.  Can you run 16 miles in one day – or over our Strides Apart dates of 12th – 27th September?

Contact rachel.markham@charity-link.org for more details

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Continuing to make a massive difference

Thanks to the support of the local community are continuing to make a massive difference during the Covid-19 pandemic and have helped to change the lives of many vulnerable local people:

  • So far, since the start of the pandemic lock-down in March, we’ve received 774 requests for help (379 requests were from those directly impacted by the pandemic).
  • We’ve helped 1,568 people, of which 637 were children
  • We’ve distributed 1,141 essential goods worth £162,316.87 including food, clothing, beds, cookers, fridges and household items including kettles and microwaves.

Thank you to the many individuals, businesses, Trusts and Organisations (including most recently Hastings Direct, Skipton Building Society and Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation ) for your vital support.

You can continue to lend your support here or why not get involved in our #StridesApart2020 fundraiser this September?

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Launched today – Strides Apart 2020!

It has been an extremely difficult time for many of us and at Charity Link we are facing a huge loss in fundraising income with a number of planned events already cancelled.

We’ve been keeping our fingers crossed regarding our popular (and now award winning!!) Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge which takes place each September.

Due to many factors it has become clear that unfortunately we can’t run this event as usual this year ……but we are so excited to today be launching Strides Ahead 2020 – this year’s slightly different version of our 16 mile walking or running challenge!

All the details can be found at www.charity-link.org/strides-apart

If you’re on social media please also follow our Facebook event page for regular updates and to share your thoughts on the event too.

We hope you will support Strides Apart 2020, whether you want to tackle 16 miles in one go (including taking on our unique Leicestershire 3 Peaks route) or do it over a few days or as part of a relay. Everyone signing up to Strides Apart 2020 will receive an exclusive t-shirt to proudly wear to highlight that you are helping to improve the lives of local people living in hardship, including those directly impacted by Covid-19.

We hope that Strides Apart 2020 inspires you to get out, to get fit and gives you something really positive to work towards. Remember that every £10 raised will enable us to provide £50 worth of essential items to the most vulnerable local people so you really will be making a difference. We need your support now more than ever, so …. are you up for it?!

 

#stridesapart2020

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Success at the East Midlands Charity Awards 2020!

We are delighted to let you know that Charity Link picked-up two awards at the East Midlands Charity Awards which took place (virtually) last night (11th June) .

Our Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge received a ‘Rising Star’ award in the Fundraising Event of the Year Category which is fantastic for this key annual fundraising event of ours.

We are so proud of our Director of Marketing & Fundraising, Sue McEniff, who WON the Director of the Year award for all she has achieved during her time at Charity Link – an wonderful acknowledgement!

Sue says: “I am truly humbled, proud and honoured to have received the Charity Director of the Year award.

In a category with so many worthy finalists I was rather taken aback to win this prestigious award but I am delighted, as it helps to shine a well-deserved spotlight on Charity Link’s vital work.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me such lovely messages. I truly love my role at Charity Link and it really is an honour to work with such a dedicated team of staff and volunteers and to share the fantastic efforts of all our supporters, helping to improve the lives of local people in hardship.”

#emcharityawards #cheerforourcharities

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The impact of Covid-19

• We’ve already seen an 11% rise in the number of clients needing our help since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in our community.
• In the first six weeks following the lockdown, 51% of requests for help were from those directly affected by Covid-19.
• During this period we helped 561 people, 238 of whom were children.
• We expect the number of people needing our help to continue to rise.

Find out more about the impact of Covid-19 on our work and how we are making a difference here.