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Highly commended award win!

We were delighted to be recognised at the first Leicestershire Community Champions awards, which took place last night (24th November) and were launched by the Furnley House Foundation and Voluntary Action Leicester.
Charity Link was announced with the ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Charity of the Year category.  Congratulations to Midland Langar Seva Society who won this award.
A huge well done also to all the winners, finalists and everyone involved in organising such a fantastic event.
Find out more about our award history here.
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Help us win £1,000!

Help increase our chances of being awarded £1,000 this Christmas by taking a minute to place a nomination!

Movement for Good is once again offering a number of £1,000 gifts; the winners are picked at random but the chances of winning increases with the number of people who nominate the charity.

Therefore we’d really appreciate it if you could place a nomination. It’s quick and easy to do – visit the website (below) and input our charity number (1078271 ) to bring us up (Leicester Charity Organisation Society), our area of work is ‘poverty’.

Please also encourage others to nominate too, as a £1,000 gift would help us to provide £5,000 worth of essential items – that’s enough to buy 40 beds for local people currently living without.

www.movementforgood.com/12days/

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Rieke team take part in Movember to support our work

The team at Rieke are showing that there are so many different ways to support our work – even during these difficult times.

We are really excited to see the progress of Sunjay, Ben, Teddy, Kevin, Dean and Tom who are all taking part in #Movember to help raise funds to support our work.

Check out the photos on our Facebook page to see the before pictures and how the moustaches grow.  Fellow employees at Rieke will be voting on the best at the end of the challenge.

The team have set a target of raising £100 and their fundraising page has already hit the £60 mark!

Charity Link is Rieke’s nominated charity for 2020 and, due to the impact of COVID-19, their support will continue throughout 2021.

The company chose to support our work as they wanted to support a local worthy cause and after researching the help that we provide, decided we were a good match!

Thanks so much to team Rieke and we’ll keep you posted on how the team’s efforts are growing:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamriekemovember

If, like Rieke, you‘d be interested in organising some fundraising activity to help raise team spirts and make a difference in the local community, please get in touch. Email rachel.markham@charity-link.org 

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We remain open!

Huge thanks to everyone who has lent their support during this difficult time.

As we go into the second national lockdown, we’d like to reassure those who refer clients to us for help and our supporters that we remain open and ready to help – as we have been throughout the pandemic.

Whilst our office is not currently open to visitors, we’ve amended procedures as necessary to ensure we can get help to those who need it, when they need it.

To find out more about our response to the pandemic click here.

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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  (Bookings close at noon on Weds 30th September)

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”