Like a lot of charities we rely on donations to keep growing and meeting the demand for our support in the community. People in the asylum system are expected to live off £5 a day – the cost of a daily bus ticket in Glasgow. Some people are given no support at all. Donations are essential to continuing to deliver our services, especially our anti-destitution and food support.
Every single penny raised makes a real difference.
£2.50 can buy a family a weekly pantry voucher where they can access up to 10 food and household items
£5 could provide a daily bus ticket for someone to enable them to travel to an appointment, access food support , attend an English class or to meet with a friend or a support group to reduce their isolation
£10 could provide a monthly food pantry membership for a family, supporting those facing food insecurity to have more choice and dignity over the food they receive
£20 could provide an emergency supermarket voucher for someone who is destitute to enable them to buy food, or top up their mobile phone to access support or stay connected with loved ones
£40 could pay for childcare to ensure those with young children can still access an ESOL class or a group activity
£60 could pay for interpreting support for an individual to receive informed advice on their rights and entitlements in a language they understand
£100 could help pay for a smartphone to support individuals who are digitally excluded
£200 could help pay to train a group of volunteers
£500 could help organise an outing to allow a group of our community members to visit other parts of the city/country to learn more about their new home
You can support our work through planning your own fundraising activities, or by helping us to organise and promote regular fundraising activities.
GIFT AID IT
Don’t forget if you are a UK taxpayer, you can add 25% to your donation at no cost to yourself through the Gift Aid scheme.
If you are a regular online shopper there are several platforms which support you to donate to a good cause of your own choosing whilst you shop. We are registered with Amazon Smile, Easyfundraising and Give as You Live. Whether you are shopping for your groceries, buying the latest gadget or buying gifts for others, you can support us by using these platforms who will make a small donation to us every time you shop. Many large retailers are involved including Argos, Tesco, Asda and many more. Most of the platforms have a web browser tool you can add to remind you to go via their platform when you shop.
ORGANISE YOUR OWN EVENT
From organising a football match or a coffee morning with your friends, classmates or work colleagues, to larger scale events such as charity auctions and dinner dances, why not combine doing something you love with raising money to support others? If you have an idea to raise money, we can provide you with the support you need to make it happen.
Walk, Run, Swim, Bike or Hike – there are lots of organised events and challenges you can take part in and raise sponsorship for your chosen charity at the same time. Take on the challenge by yourself or sign your friends up too! We can provide you with support to register and set up your online fundraising pages and provide paper sponsorship forms with information on Gift Aid included.
There are lots of options. Sign up for a local fun run, don your tartan and take part in the Kiltwalk, do the Great Scottish Run. For the adrenaline junkies out there why not do an abseil, or a zipslide across the Clyde – the list of options is endless.
If you have a special occasion coming up, why not ask your friends and family to make a donation on your behalf as a gift to you. If you are a Facebook user, they have an easy function to support you to do this. If you are not a social media user, we can provide you with invitations and donation envelopes or boxes highlighting how donations will be used.
An easy way to make a regular donation with the added advantage of being deducted from your income before you are taxed is if your employer has a payroll giving scheme. If your employer does not have one but would like to set one up, there are government approved agencies who can help with this.
You might work for, own or know a local business who may be interested in supporting our work and there are various ways businesses can provide support from making a donation; providing us with goods to use as raffle prizes, involving teams of employees in fundraising challenges to corporate sponsorship. If you know a business who may be interested in supporting our work please ask them to contact us.
MEMORIAL AND LEGACY GIVING
For some, raising money in memory of someone can help with the process of celebrating and honouring their life and what was important to their loved one. Many families choose to ask friends to make a donation in lieu of a floral tribute or choose to set up an ‘In Memory’ Fundraising Page.
JOIN OUR FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER TEAM
If you have a few hours to spare and enjoy meeting new people, why not join our team of volunteer fundraisers and help us organise our own community fundraising activities. Your involvement can be as little or as much time as you choose to give and is only limited by your own imagination.
Fundraising volunteers can provide support in a variety of ways including helping out at supermarket collections; organising a fundraising table at a local gala day; providing administrative support; to attending freshers fairs to motivate students to get involved.
There is no set requirement on what you do, or how much you raise as every little helps and we can support you every step of the way.
READY TO GET STARTED?
If you have a great fundraising idea or would like to hear more about becoming a community fundraiser for GCP get in touch with our fundraiser Megan Johnson- firstname.lastname@example.org.