Big Charity Giveback

The Big Charity Giveback is a community project we set up in the first national lockdown back in March 2020. We understand just how important volunteers are to local charities. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, volunteers have been there to support their organisations and communities and we believe it’s time we showed our appreciation. Throughout lockdown 1, we sent treats to charity volunteers (normally tea and chocolates) just as a small token of our appreciation. We also donated valuable resources to other local charities, such as a local food kitchen. One small act of kindness may not feel like a lot… but if we all come together they can mean so much to people.

How can I get involved?

It’s super simple! An easy way to support a local charity is through a donation. Look below for some local charities to donate to. Alternatively, look at sites such as JustGiving, but if you have a charity in mind, the best place to donate is on their website. If you want to send gifts like we did, we advise that you look for Amazon Wishlists or email ahead checking if it’s ok to send some gifts to them as some offices may be closed due to Coronavirus restrictions.

How did we do?

We’re glad you asked! Below is a little highlight of some of our Big Charity Givebacks. Have a read of the blog posts… there are some cute dog photos for Dogs Trust and the RSPCA.

St Leonard's Hospice.

Our first stop on our Big Charity Giveback was St Leonard’s Hospice. St Leonard’s Hospice is an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses.

Here is how we supported them:

  • Sent their amazing team a hamper of chocolates.
  • They are actually our other event, York MakerFest’s, Charity of the Year and so we have an online donation page for them.

Here is how you can support them:

  • Donate to our online donation page.

Read our blog post for more information on how to donate and photos.

Dogs Trust - Leeds.

Our second stop on our Big Charity Giveback was our local Dogs Trust centre in Leeds. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 15,000 dogs each year through a network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK – that is a lot of dogs

Here is how we supported them:

  • Sent them supplies from their Amazon wishlist.

Here is how you can support them:

  • Buy from their Amazon wishlist.
  • Sponsor a dog.
  • Donate to Dogs Trust.

Read our blog post for more information on how to donate and very cute dog photos.

The Big Night In - BBC Appeal Show

Our third stop on our Big Charity Giveback was the Big Night In appeal show by Comic Relief, BBC Children In Need and BBC One. We’ve never been further apart, yet somehow never closer. That’s why, for one night only, Comic Relief, BBC Children in Need and BBC One, are coming together for a special night of entertainment, like no other.

Here is how we supported them:

  • Donated to their appeal show

Here is how you can support them:

York Kitchen for Everyone

Our fourth stop on our Big Charity Giveback was the York Kitchen for Everyone. Even during the Coronavirus outbreak, they are still cooking for the homeless guys that have been temporarily housed in a local hotel and they are also sending out food parcels and buying fresh fruit and veg that is distributed through the community food banks, as you can imagine there is a great deal of need at the moment.

Here is how we supported them:

  • Sent them enough tea bags for 1100 cups of tea… that is a lot of tea, but sometimes things can be a bit better with a hot drink.

Here is how you can support them:

  • Donate on their donation page.

Read our blog post for more information on how to donate and photos.

RSPCA - York.

Our third stop on our Big Charity Giveback was RSPCA. After supporting Dogs Trust we felt that we couldn’t let the doggies down at RSPCA. The RSPCA is the largest animal welfare charity in the UK. In 2017, the RSPCA investigated 141,760 cruelty complaints and secured 1,492 convictions.

Here is how we supported them:

  • We’re very happy to say RSPCA dogs can now enjoy 112 daily dental care chews (Pedigree Dentastix).

Here is how you can support them:

  • Donate on their donation page.

Read our blog post for more information on how to donate.

Age UK York

Our sixth stop on our Big Charity Giveback was Age UK York. Age UK York is an independent local charity which has been working in the local community to help older people for nearly 50 years. They have 100 dedicated staff and over 400 volunteers helping them deliver services and activities for older people in York. They receive some funding from the national Age UK but they rely on your support to keep serving the older people of York.

Here is how we supported them:

  • Sent their amazing team some chocolates and some tea bags so they can have a treat when they’re back in the office.

Here is how you can support them:

  • Donate on their Just Giving page.

Read our blog post for more information on how to donate and photos.

York Mind

Our seventh stop on our Big Charity Giveback was York Mind. York Mind are an independent local mental health charity which aims to empower individuals experiencing mental ill health to start on the pathway to recovery. They believe that the condition should never define the person and consequently their recovery model encompasses every aspect of their clients’ lives: personal, social and professional.

Here is how we supported them:

  • Since their team are all working from home, we have sent them a letterbox parcel of coffee, biscuits and chocolate to have a little coffee break when they’re back in the office.

Here is how you can support them:

  • Donate on their Just Giving page.
  • Fundraise and set up a Just Giving page.

Read our blog post for more information on how to donate.

IDAS

Our eighth stop on our Big Charity Giveback was the team at IDAS.

IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. Their services include refuge accommodation, community based support, peer mentoring, group work and access to a free, confidential out of hours’ helpline. Their teams of accredited specialist workers support people throughout the criminal justice system in addition to providing emotional support and safety planning advice.

Here is how we supported them:

  • Sent their hard working team some chocolates and some tea bags so they can have a treat when in the office.

Here is how you can support them:

  • Donate on their Just Giving page.
  • Fundraise and donate.

Read our blog post for more information on how to donate.

SASH

Our ninth stop on our Big Charity Giveback was the team at SASH.

SASH is a youth homelessness charity that works across York, North and East Yorkshire, helping young people aged 16-25 who are facing homelessness. They do not run a hostel or own any property. The accommodation they offer is through their Nightstop and Supported Lodgings services, which rely on volunteer ‘hosts’ who offer a spare room in their own home. Their services are as much about supporting young people to resolve the problems which have led to them becoming homeless as they are about putting a roof over their head. Part of this support is provided through their SASH Active programme.

Here is how we supported them:

  • At the moment their office is closed, but as soon as their office is back open we will make sure to take a visit and drop off some treats for their team to say thank you.

Here is how you can support them:

  • Donate on their Just Giving page.
  • Fundraise and donate.

Read our blog post for more information on how to donate.

'Pay for Heroes' campaign

Help the campaign by dropping an email to your local MP. Use our template below:

Dear [INSERT MP’S NAME],

As we enter the third national lockdown, I like many in your constituency want to show my appreciation for the workers at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19. Every Thursday, our community clapped for carers, NHS staff and all essential workers. Many have started clapping again as part of Clap for Heroes. But I think they deserve something a little more substantial, don’t you?

I want our frontline heroes to be paid a fair and liveable wage. Yet this summer, the government froze pay for nursers and carers, resulting in a real-term pay cut of almost £2,500 according to the IPPR. I ask you to use your influence to ensure all frontline public sector workers are given the pay they deserve.

Under the government’s new point-based immigration system, nearly two thirds of the EU nationals currently working in the healthcare sector would not be allowed into the country. If you’re risking your life to get Britain through this crisis, you should be celebrated, not shunned.

The NHS is at breaking point as this new strain runs out of control, and it is the frontline heroes who are bearing the massive physical and psychological burden. As my MP, I ask you to stand up for all frontline workers.

Please, fight for fair pay, proper support and real recognition of our frontline workers in parliament and beyond.

Yours,

[INSERT YOUR NAME]

A constituent in [INSERT YOUR POSTCODE]

'Tech for Students' campaign

Technology is urgently needed to support young people and to keep them connected to friends and education.

How can I donate?

Thank you for your interest in donating technology that is no longer being used. We’re working on ways to provide COVID-secure drop off locations where you can easily and safely drop off devices as part of your daily exercise (under current Coronavirus restrictions). If you want to donate, at the moment the best way to do that is to email donate@bigcharitygiveback.co.uk and we will work out the safest way for you to donate that technology.

How is donating equipment COVID-secure?

We are taking the risk of the spread of Coronavirus very seriously. We ask that you donate your technology in a plastic bag to stop them from mixing with other equipment, and we will wipe and thoroughly clean the technology.

Do I need to wipe the data?

It’s up to you! Our teams of volunteers will wipe and reset the device, to make sure it is ready for the new person/family. We will preform numerous checks to make sure that your privacy and data is protected and not shared. Alternatively, if you would like to wipe your data yourself, you can do so. Our friends at Digital Access West Yorkshire have published this guide on how to wipe your data.

What will happen to all of my data?

Once the team has been donated and all data wiped, no personal data will remain and therefore will no longer be accessible. Please make sure to save any important data onto another device before donating.

Can I donate money instead?

If you want to help through financial support, drop us an email at donate@bigcharitygiveback.co.uk and we can send you information from our Amazon Wishlist on the type of products that we need – every donation is hugely appreciated!

Can anyone donate?

Like other organisations, to donate you must be over the age of 18 years. You also must own the item that you want to donate (if it’s a catalogue purchase, you must have paid the product’s payments in full).

Who receives the tech and how are they chosen?

The Keeping Digital Foundation who are organising this campaign only prepare the technology to be dispatched to it’s new home. The devices will be given to schools to distribute to students who need the tech. The schools can submit their interest for devices through the email schools@bigcharitygiveback.co.uk. Decisions on where to send tech to will be based on availability and a panel of volunteers who will assess the local area and amount of students who don’t have devices.

Contact the Big Charity Giveback team

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