Saffery Webinar – Onwards and upwards – lessons learnt in the charity sector

Saffery Champness hosted a webinar for their charity clients entitled, ‘Onwards and upwards’. Attendees shared experiences from over the last 15 months during the pandemic and talked about the lessons learnt, challenges faced and opportunities arising.

“Relentless, challenging, thought provoking and busy” were just some of the words used to describe the period.

Will Travers, Co- Founder & Executive President of The Born Free Foundation and Dean Daniels, Director of Finance at Weldmar Hospice Care were interviewed by Saffery staff.  Reflections included insight such as:

o   Unsurprisingly, it has been a year of uncertainty, with limitations on primary activities.

o   Fundraising has come to a standstill but is slowly making a return as restrictions reduce.

o   Both charities were able to make quick changes to adapt to working from home and remote meetings.

o   Whilst virtual meetings have, at times, seemed relentless, Patrons and third parties have received a seamless service.

Their top tips included:

o   Embrace change and be adaptable.

o   Do what you can today not tomorrow.

o   Don’t panic. Have faith in yourselves! Keep calm and carry on!

Casidhe  Baleri, Director – Audit at Safferys said, “Coronavirus has impacted the charity sector in an uneven and unpredictable way, with some charities having recorded a very successful year whilst others have struggled to stay afloat. Through talking, listening and sharing experience we can help to support each other. Those who attended the webinar told us that they would be keen to revisit the topic of lessons learned in a year’s time – we look forward to it!”

Skydiving for the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project – Cherry Tree Nursery & Chestnut Nursery

Nigel and Andy, two of our members of staff,  are skydiving to raise money for the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP) Volunteers welfare. This is scheduled to take place on Monday 2nd August 2021.

Nigel, not content with being strapped to a bi plane on a wing walk last year, is now going to jump out of a plane to raise funds for our project.This time Nigel with be joined by Andy from Chestnut Nursery.

We aren’t sure if they will be holding hands doing it but they are both raising money for our project’s Volunteers at Cherry Tree Nursery and Chestnut Nursery.

Nigel says – ‘Into the blue…’  Mental health affects all of us at some point in our lives and these past fifteen months have seen many people at breaking point. Mental illness is invisible and presents differently for each person. We are receiving lots of new referrals for our charity and are committed to helping as many as we possibly can.  I have made a choice to challenge my own anxieties and fears, which are temporary compared to many of the people we work with and I can use their incredible coping skills and strategies to help me face my own particular fears of heights and flying. I’m sharing this challenge with Andy from Chestnut Nursery and I am sure this will help and again, reflects back on the caring, supportive and community ethos of our charity. Please support me, Andy and our charity.

Andy says –  Working at Chestnut Nursery has given me a deep respect for our Volunteers. The courage that it takes for them to overcome the challenges of living with a mental illness is inspiring. So much so that despite my phobia of heights, I am challenging myself to leap out of a plane – please donate to support our important cause.

The Virgin giving link is the following –

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1009922&campaignId=17828&utm_source=extbtn&utm_campaign=donatebtn

Donations can also be made in our retail shops , open Tuesdays to Sundays 10 am – 3 pm.
Cherry Tree Nursery: Off New Road Roundabout, Northbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset BH10 7DA
Chestnut Nursery: 75 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1TN

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and Care South form Charity Partnership

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and Care South have formed a charity partnership and will be working on a series of initiatives together.

Care South’s CEO, Simon Bird said, “The two charities, Care South and Lewis- Manning Hospice Care share very similar values, which is why we are so pleased to cement our relationship with this partnership. There is so much that we intend to achieve together over the coming months and years, starting with our office and care home teams taking up the initiatives of Lewis-Manning and helping to raise funds to support the incredible work that they do in the communities, which our care homes sit at the heart of. Those initiatives build on the food, fun and friendship that is so apparent at all Care South’s care homes.  The team are going to be busy getting involved in Lewis-Manning’s “The Great Dorset Tea Party” and “Grow Some Sunshine” in the next few weeks to kickstart our fundraising for the charity.”

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care CEO, Clare Gallie added, “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Care South, it is such a valued and important partnership to have.  We have been so appreciative of everything that Care South have supported us with in the past and are delighted to be further strengthening our relationship by working and collaborating with them in the future. Their support will make a huge difference to the lives of the patients and families with life limiting illnesses that we help and support in Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset.”

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity established 29 years ago, providing extraordinary care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home.

These include:
– Day hospices, virtual and in person
– Creative arts & wellbeing support
– Lymphoedema clinic for cancer patients
– Better breathing clinic
– Bereavement & family support

Every year we support nearly 500 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area.
To do this we need to raise over £1.6m every year. Without these funds we could not exist.
Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.
Registered charity no. 1120193

About Care South
Care South is a not-for-profit charity and leading provider of residential, dementia and nursing care, with 16 care homes as well as Care at Home services, across the south of England.

https://www.care-south.co.uk/about-care-south/care-south-heart-values/