Please see below for the Autumn 2021 Balance Newsletter
Community Activities has a wish list of items and materials which will really help the projects we support disabled people to get involved with at Stud Nursery and our Community Cafe. If you can donate any of these items please contact Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bistro style table and chairs for the Balance Community Café at St Matthews Church, Surbiton
- Paving / patio slabs
- Bark landscaping chippings
- lawn sand
- landscaping fabric
- landscaping pebbles (large aggregate)
- evergreen shrubs
- seed compost
- seeding trays with covers
- espalier apple trees
- 20 litre plus plant pots
Balance are now registered with Amazon Smile, which means if you shop at Amazon, and choose to select Balance as your chosen charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase to us. It would be amazing if you could all help with donations, please see the below guide on how to help support us.
- Go to https://smile.amazon.co.uk
- Click ‘Get Started’ and enter ‘Balance Support CIO’ into the box which asks which charity you would like to support
- Select ‘Balance (Support) Cio’ as your selected charity.
Please be aware that for purchases to be redeemed, you will ned to start your shopping at https://smile.amazon.co.uk rather than the usual Amazon website.
Balance are now registered with easyfundraising, which means you can raise FREE donations for us every time you shop online. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – at no extra cost to yourself!
These donations really mount up and make a huge difference to us, so we’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up and support us. It’s completely FREE and only takes a moment.
You can find our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/balancesupport/
Balance welcome volunteers with the right skills and attributes to match with people who use our services support needs. Louise started volunteering at Stud Nursery in Spring 2021 and gave us the following feedback:
“I really enjoy volunteering, you get really involved without the commitment of a paid job so I chose
a day of the week that fitted in with my family commitments. I feel part of the team at Stud Nursery,
I feel like I am helping and contributing to people’s support.
Every day is different at the nursery, I could be helping to sow seeds, hoeing, or watering plants. I am always making sure I involve people who visit the nursery in every task we do. I chat to the people in my group to find out what’s going on in their lives while observing how they are using a tool to see if there maybe a different way for them to carry out an activity if they are having difficulties.
Stud Nursery is a fun place and it’s a really beautiful location. It’s very rewarding. Everyone is really
friendly and its great getting to know everyone.
I would highly recommend volunteering with Balance. You are giving but you get more back”
Community Activities currently has the following vacancies for volunteers who can commit to a few hours weekly and enhance our service user’s experience in their time with us.
Stud Nursery is developing a small cycling project to enable people to enjoy Home Park and the surrounding grounds of Hampton Court Palace. We currently have a side-by-side companion bike and four regular bicycles. We are looking for experienced and confident cyclists who can commit to a few hours weekly to support our service users get on their bikes!!
Stud Nursery Volunteers
Stud Nursery is a walled garden space in Home Park with greenhouse, polytunnels, raised beds and a walk-in chicken coop. We offer a range of projects every day for people to join in with, like gardening, woodwork and craft. We are looking for volunteers who have practical outdoor skills, and can dedicate time every week to helping our service users get involved and enjoy nature!
If you would like to know more about volunteering with Balance please contact Nicole Brookes, Community Activities Service Manager email@example.com / 07850 217211.
We have a volunteer application form link below:
*Please note – if you volunteer for Balance, you will be required to come into close contact with our service users, which potentially gives rise to additional risks to both you and service users’ safety. It is therefore a requirement of the role that, subject to our obligations under the Equality Act, you should either be vaccinated against coronavirus or willing to be vaccinated.*
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for Balance with easyfundraising?
There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.
All you need to do is:
1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/balancesupport/?utm_campaign=raise-more and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to Balance at no extra cost to you whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and Balance will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.
Balance CIC converts to Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
Every organisation has struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist their customers and employees, Balance has remained true to its mission and supported people the best and safest way possible to remain living as independently as possible. As part of their continued effort to support more people to live independently, Balance CIC is converting to Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
The benefits that the charity status will offer
“The last six months have brought unprecedented challenges and Balance has felt more than ever connected to our client group adapting to deliver support remotely such as virtual video meetings, walking meetings, telephone, WhatsApp groups and other creative methods of keeping people connected and safe. Balance staff have been at the heart of this creative support ensuring that people continued to receive a level of support across all our services. The change to charitable status means that we can raise funds through fundraising and apply for more charitable funding, this will support us to reach out to more people. We know that post COVID-19 public funds will be even tighter than previously, we believe that by converting from a Community Interest Company (also a non-for-profit trading company) to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation will support us through the next chapter”.
Andrea Biggs, Chief Executive
We are excited about this transition to take the organisation further beyond its spin out foundations and develop the business to support more people, to live the life they want, whilst ensuring the sustainability of our operations.