HUGGARD ‘Winter is Coming’ APPEAL
At this time of year the demand for our services puts a huge strain on our budget. It is for this reason we have been asking people, who are willing, to do collections and arrange fundraising events, as a form of volunteering, to raise money for our cause. We depend heavily on monetary donations to continue to fund our services through the amazing work undertaken by staff and volunteers.
Basically everything we do is to break the cycle of homelessness, we are not simply a soup kitchen. Modern homelessness is widely misunderstood as a ‘simple’ problem however each of our clients have uniquely complex lives and require considerable support to best beat the affliction. We can provide this support, and it makes a difference, but it does cost money.
There are heaps of super creative ways you can spend your day as a volunteer fundraiser/event organiser. Your imagination is your limit.
Ideas include a bake sale at work or a car boot sale. We like the idea of a sponsored litter pick in your local community as there are essentially two benefits for the price of one.
There is nothing to stop you doing a collection of items alongside this but it is important that we focus it on the type of items that we know will make a positive difference. So apart from money, we are in need of towels, socks, sleeping bags, back packs, both men’s and women’s deodorants.
We cannot accept donations of dental hygiene products, clothing, bedding or food due to storage issues.
We hope one of these opportunities fits your group and can’t thank you enough for thinking of the Huggard Centre. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any questions and hopefully we can work together to have a great, mutually beneficial volunteering event.
Our key areas of volunteer activity are:
• Kitchen Volunteer
• Development Team and Day Centre Volunteer
• Bond Board Volunteer
• Advocate Volunteer
• Substance Misuse Volunteer
• Administration Volunteer
Please follow the link HERE to fill out an application form online and submit. Huggard will then discuss with you how your particular knowledge, skills and experience can help our work.
Some people also offer their coaching experience in our sports & leisure activities and for others, it’s helping us feed the demand for the basics items such as disposable razors, socks etc.
Any items that are donated to Huggard will help our work and the lives of Homeless people. Items donated may be used within the service or given directly to homeless and vulnerable people. We may also sell some items through our Ebay shop to raise money to support our frontline work.
Groups and individuals are always encouraged to arrange fundraising events such as cake sales, raffles or to take part in sponsored events etc to raise money for Huggard. You can easily set up an on-line sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com. Cash gifts, either as a one off payment or as an ongoing amount can also be donated through www.justgiving.com.
So whatever your situation, almost everyone is in a position to help the Huggard reach its ever more demanding needs.
Online DonationsInvesting in technology can be too expensive and risky for many charities to seriously contemplate. When a supporter donates to the Huggard using www.justgiving.com they pass on 100% of your donation to your charity within days. They then reclaim an extra 25% for your charity in Gift Aid from HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs).
Once www.justgiving.com has successfully reclaimed Gift Aid on your behalf, they deduct our 5% fee on each donation + Gift Aid (plus a card-processing fee of up to 1.3% for a credit card, charged by their partners Barclaycard and PayPal).
Over 8,000 charities are already using www.justgiving.com to raise more money, so whether it’s a ‘one-off’ gift, a monthly donation, a personal fundraising initiative or a sponsorship agreement, www.justgiving.com is a ‘one-stop’ solution to the Huggard’s donation needs.
How you can be an Angel for a Day
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That’s because here at Huggard we rely on the fantastic support of members of the public, community groups, workplaces, church groups and corporates to maintain the sustainability of our services and to continue to meet the basic needs of vulnerable people.
Our Angel for a Day campaign encourages supporters to find a way to raise a minimum donation of £250 to support the Huggard Centre kitchen, within Huggard’s day centre for homeless people in the centre of Cardiff.
Raising the money can be a team building exercise in itself and how a group goes about this is entirely up to them. We would be happy to promote any exciting or fun initiatives in raising your donation.
The group chooses the day it wants to sponsor (subject to availability) and, once the donation has been raised, will be awarded a certificate for being an Angel for a Day in supporting the Huggard Centre kitchen, helping to feed homeless people in Cardiff.
The fun doesn’t have to end there… If a group wants to have some hands-on involvement, they can send a small group of volunteers to the Huggard Centre on the sponsored day to help out and have photos, publicity etc.
We know that £250 is a lot for many people, but when individuals come together with families, neighbours, workmates or classmates, anything is possible.
To enquire about available dates please click HERE
By supporting us, your company will be helping us connect with disadvantaged, vulnerable people throughout South Wales. Businesses provide hugely important funds for us but also help us raise Huggard’s profile in the local community.
Supporting a local charity can have huge benefits for your organisation including employee engagement and team building, as well as building your company’s profile and perceived value with the public.
There are many other opportunities to support the Huggard that are posted on our Facebook page on a regular basis. They cover sponsorship, to events or just a simple ‘call-out’ for cups and towels, become a ‘friend’ of the Huggard to have them posted on your wall/timeline.
• Supporting Ethical Trading
• Helping homeless people gain new skills that lead to real employment
• Helping to sustain vulnerable and single homeless people at the most basic level
• Contributing to the funding of the wider work of Huggard within Cardiff
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR LOYALTY CARD: Cafe ‘H’ believes it‘s time to develop the benefits of your loyalty card by increasing the range of gifts you can offer to the homeless and vulnerable utilising Huggard Centre’s services.
IT’S YOUR CHOICE: Since our opening, Cafe ‘H’ has been supplying a much appreciated free meal to client’s using our facilities for every 10 cups of coffee bought by Café ‘H’ customers.
We are now pleased to offer you the opportunity to choose between a meal for one person or to donate five cups of coffee to five individuals from within the Huggard community.
SUSPENDED COFFEE / MEAL: In addition to your personal loyalty card benefit, you can now invest in a suspended coffee or meal. These gifts are then held in suspension until someone is allocated the donation through the means of a voucher by a Huggard member of staff. These requests/allocations will always be considered on a ‘most needy’ basis.
DONATIONS: Any person wishing to make a small donation (toiletries, small packages etc.) can drop it into Café ‘H’ rather than go to our Huggard Centre reception; as a thank you for your kindness, you’ll receive a free cup of Espresso to enjoy as a take away or just relax in our beautiful space and take in the atmosphere. It’s your choice how you ‘MAKE THE DIFFERENCE’.
Click HERE to find out more about Cafe ‘H’