Feature: Corporate Team Challenges

At Lifeshare, we are proud to host team visits for businesses as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs and in conjunction with organizations such as Business In The Community. The last few months have been especially productive and our network of corporate supporters continues to grow thanks to the efforts of Lifeshare's Team Leader, Judy Vickers. Our Dantzic St site in particular is benefitting enormously from a number of projects to improve its interior.

On 30 July, a team from the University of Manchester's Maths Department completed an extensive repaint of the dining hall and chapel areas at our premises on Dantzic St. You can see more photos from the visit, organized by Diane Masterson-Kerr, on the Maths Department's Flickr gallery.

On 13 October, Capita sent a team of workers to redecorate our offices on Houldsworth St, after providing a plasterer earlier in the year to repair some damage to our kitchen wall. The team spent the day repainting the walls and ceilings throughout the office, adding some much-needed colour to the environment.

During Food Poverty Week (13-19 October), Kellogg's sent their HR team to work on our food stores, tidying and making up food parcels that we distribute to those in the greatest need.

Finally, our work with The Co-operative continues to bear fruit, and we currently have no fewer than six team challenges taking place over the next few months to:

  • Replaster and repaint the volunteer toilets at Dantzic St, and replace the basins and sink with new units;
  • Clear and clean a large storeroom at Dantzic St, and refit some heavy duty shelving for storing food supplies;
  • Clear out, clean and restock our food stores;
  • Clear out our clothing stores and dispose of the donations we are not able to use directly;
  • Replace the old floor tiles throughout the dining hall with new flooring;
  • Install a suspended ceiling in the main dining area to reduce heat loss and improve lighting in the hall.

All of these projects contribute to making our premises a more welcoming and inviting environment for the people we serve, and for our volunteers and staff. We hope to have some pictures of the transformation on our Flickr pages very soon.

If you, or someone you know, are involved in a Corporate Social Responsibility scheme that you think would like to work with us, we would be very grateful to hear from you. You can reach us by telephone on 0161 235 0744 or by email on office@lifeshare.org.uk

CARDS

As always, the CARDS Project continues to support young people who are marginalized and vulnerable in the city centre, and the upcoming Christmas period is likely to be a very busy time for us.

Work also continues apace on the Life Shares Art project, headed by Darren from our Houldsworth St office. In addition to the smaller artworks undertaken at our office, a sequence of large canvasses have been produced by our service users for a larger installation to graces the walls of our Dantzic St premises.

This quarter we have also had the pleasure to host two placement students - Vicki and Leon - at our Houldsworth St office, both of whom successfully completed their placements after many hours of hard work supporting our service users. We thank them for their effort, hope they enjoyed their experience, and wish them well for their future studies.

Finally, on 31 October our staff hosted a Halloween Party for service users of our CARDS project, with Judy, Tez and Julie all getting into the spirit of the occasion. It would seem everyone had a frightfully good time...

Christmas Project

September saw our first planning meeting for the Christmas Project, with follow-up meetings in October and November. In early October, we began recruiting volunteers and have already filled all of the places for several of the shifts, the first one to go being Christmas Day as usual. The remaining shifts won't be far behind so get your application in (if you haven't already) through our online application system.

We have also recruited medics and musicians for the Project, and will soon begin making approaching organizations for items that will be in high demand such as clothing and sleeping bags. This year, we will try to make better use of outlets such as Freecycle to source donations, and we have an army of volunteers all ready to help with collections.

We have great expectations for 2014!

Fundraising

On 6 October, The Challenge Society undertook a sponsored cycle resulting in a donation of 120. This money will go toward supporting our Life Shares Art project, on which The Challenge Society are working in collaboration with us.

Now that the students are back at university, we have also restarted our clothing sale at the 8th Day Cafe on Oxford Rd at the heart of the campuses. These sales not only generate funds that can be used to provide services but also increase our visibility and give us an opportunity to engage with potential volunteers and donors.

Coming Up

On 29 November, the Northern Quarter's Tib St. Tavern will be hosting a fundraising event including a raffle with all proceeds going to support Lifeshare's work. The event will be compered by Gaynor Lo, and any donations for raffle prizes would be very welcome indeed.

Donations

At Lifeshare, we are always very grateful for the generous donations from our supporters, both individuals and corporations. The donations we have received in the last three months include:

  • A new washing machine from Tracey, one of our Breakfast volunteers.
  • A new fridge/freezer from one of Tracey's work colleagues.
  • New chairs for our dining hall from the University of Manchester.
  • Approximately 100 sofa bags from Kuehne + Nagel that could be used as sleeping mats for client who are sleeping rough.

Autumn is also, of course, the time of year when we receive donations of food from Harvest Festival collections. This year, our stocks have been well-replenished with generous donations from many schools and churches across Greater Manchester. These donations will be served during our Christmas Project and supplied to service users in emergency food parcels throughout the year from our Weekend Breakfast Service.

If you would like to make a cash donation, you can do so easily via our website, by direct debit, or via JustTextGiving (simply text LSUK00 10 to 70070 to donate 10, for example.)

If you would prefer to provide goods, however, we welcome any donations of food or clothing at our Dantzic St premises (see the picture below for suggested donations).

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