Dig out those decs and dust off those Santa hats... it's Festive Challenge time and we've got some right 'crackers' for you this year!

Choose your challenge from Tuesday 3 October and book from Tuesday 10 October. 100% matching applies to all challenges.

To book yours, phone Emma Francis on 07867 550491.

1107 It's a wrap!

Challenge group size: F

C4WS Homeless project

What's the challenge?

C4WS Homeless project helps those experiencing homelessness to find accommodation and start the process of rebuilding their lives. Each week at their Friday drop-in club, C4WS welcomes around fifty visitors. 

Please provide 50 wrapped selection boxes for members who attend the charity's Friday Club.  The members will take them away as a Christmas present on Friday 22 December.


 

1108  Deck the halls! 

Challenge group size: M

Mind in Tower Hamlets

What's the challenge?

Mind in Tower Hamlets is a community mental health charity. They're there to make sure anyone with a mental health or emotional issue has somewhere to turn for advice and support.

Could you help decorate a hall for the Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham Christmas party? A group of 6 volunteers needed for mid Dec. You will need to do some fundraising to buy decorations.

 

1109  Cook up a storm

Challenge group size:  S

Mind in Tower Hamlets

What's the challenge?

Mind in Tower Hamlets is a community mental health charity. They're there to make sure anyone with a mental health or emotional issue has somewhere to turn for advice and support.

 

Prepare and serve the food for the Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham Christmas party. A group of 5 volunteers needed for mid Dec. Date to be confirmed but likely to be in week of the 18th December.

 

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1110  Night on the (floor) tiles

Challenge group size: F

Soup Kitchen @ The American Church on Tottenham Court 

What's the challenge?

The Soup Kitchen is one of Zurich Cares' multi-year funding partners.  It is a resource for the homeless, elderly, lonely and poor in Central London, providing free hot meals, clothes and toiletries, and creating a sense of belonging and community. It serves around 70 people a day.

Spend a night sleeping outside in sleeping bags and with blankets, just as many of the charity's guests do.  You'll do this in the charity's courtyard, so it would be in a secure setting.  Unlike their guests, you would have access to bathrooms and a place to warm up if you need to. As part of the challenge, you'll seek sponsorship for this activity, which the charity would use to pay for sleeping bags, warm socks, thermals etc for their clients.

1111 Happy Hamper

Challenge group size:  F

Barking Food Bank

What's the challenge?

Barking Food Bank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

 

Put together 10-15 Christmas hampers for Barking Food Bank's clients. A typical hamper costs about £20. The team will go out shopping in the morning and return to the Food Bank to put together the hampers in the afternoon.

1112  Christmas Fair(ies) to the rescue! 

Challenge group size:  F

St Joseph's Hospice 

What's the challenge?

St Joseph’s Hospice cares for and supports people affected by serious illness. They try to improve the quality of life for people with life-limiting conditions and help them live life to the full, to the very end. Supporting families and carers is also an important part of what they do.

 

Can you help make St Joseph’s Christmas Fair magical?  They need help setting up the stalls on Friday 15th December, preparing and decorating the hospice for the event, and/or with hosting stalls on Saturday 16th December, talking to customers, and helping to create a festive atmosphere.

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1113  In the bag

Challenge group size:   F

St Joseph's Hospice

What's the challenge?

St Joseph’s Hospice cares for and supports people affected by serious illness. They try to improve the quality of life for people with life-limiting conditions and help them live life to the full, to the very end. Supporting families and carers is also an important part of what they do.

Some of the hospice's patients don’t have any family at all and the hospice wants to ensure they still get a special present.  The challenge is to collect 50 Christmas Gift Bags - 25 for men and 25 for women - containing festive chocs, bed socks, hand cream for sensitive skin and a crossword book, or a small game.

1114  Christmas Treats

Challenge group size:   F

St Joseph's Hospice

What's the challenge?

St Joseph’s Hospice cares for and supports people affected by serious illness. They try to improve the quality of life for people with life-limiting conditions and help them live life to the full, to the very end. Supporting families and carers is also an important part of what they do.

The hospice likes to offer families visiting St Joseph’s over the festive period a small treat, as it's often a very difficult time for them. Could you fundraise and buy 70 festive chocolates and 30 small toys?

 

1115  Ally Pally Rally

Challenge group size:   F

The Diana Award

What's the challenge?

The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales which works to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people. Zurich Cares in London funds their anti-bullying programme.

As part of anti-bullying week, the charity are running a one-day workshop for 300 young people at Alexandra Palace on Monday 13th November.  They need volunteers to run the day - can you help?

1116  A feather in your cap

Challenge group size:   F

Mind in Haringey

What's the challenge?

Mind in Haringey supports people affected by a mental health problems. They offer services such as counselling, advocacy and wellbeing activities. Zurich Cares London is funding their new support service for ex-armed forces personnel over the next three years.

Mind's gardening group aims to help their clients build confidence, improve their social skills and help them to feel less socially isolated. Mind would like a group of Zurich employees to help the service users make wooden bird boxes and homemade bird food for the garden . The material for the bird boxes and fat balls would be provided. They would also like the Zurich volunteers to provide lunch for everyone so that after the activity is finished, everyone can sit down and eat together.

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1117  Brush up those painting skills

Challenge group size:   M

Mind in Haringey

What's the challenge?

Mind in Haringey supports people affected by a mental health problems. They offer services such as counselling, advocacy and wellbeing activities. Zurich Cares London is funding their new support service for ex-armed forces personnel over the next three years.

Mind would like to invite 6-10 Zurich employees to paint their client bathroom/s. It would make a big difference to them as they do not currently have the budget or resources to redecorate in these areas even though they are very dated and very much in need of being freshened up!

1118  Soft play party

Challenge group size:   F

Riverside Parents & Carers Association

What's the challenge?

The Riverside Parents & Carers Association provides free, regular soft play sessions for under 5s and their parents/carers from low-income and socio-economically-deprived families in Southwark.

 

They would like help with running their festive event on Thursday 14th December, 9:30-13:30. Tasks will include setting up the soft play area, running a craft activity and food preparation. The Zurich team would also be asked to do some fundraising to contribute towards the cost of the party.

1119  It's show time

Challenge group size:   F

Immediate Theatre

What's the challenge?

Immediate Theatre provides drama workshops for disadvantaged 5–13 year olds, with a hot meal and support for parents, in Hackney. They are one of Zurich Cares London’s multi-year funding partners.

 

The young performers need an audience to see their show on Monday 11 December. As well as your team, they'd also like to invite the local Older People's club to attend.  The challenge is to raise money to pay for a couple of extra hours in the hall, some basic props and costumes, festive decorations and to provide refreshments for participants and guests (about £200). You would then help decorate the hall, watch the performance and escort the older people to and from their homes on the estate.  Timings are 2-5.30pm.

1120  Dress for success

Challenge group size:   F

Smart Works

What's the challenge?

Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to out-of-work women on low incomes. They help women to feel confident, look fabulous, succeed at their job interview and move on with their life. And works! One in two of the women Smart Works helps gets the job.

 

In order to support their clients, Smart Works rely on high quality clothing of all different sizes and styles being donated. Could you run a clothing drive at Zurich? You'll need to tap up all those well-heeled women in our business, plus partners and friends might be willing to clear out their wardrobes too.  Could you organise twenty smart outfits with accessories?  And do some fundraising to buy some make-up to go with it?

1121 Santas needed

Challenge group size:   F

Mind in Haringey

What's the challenge?

Mind in Haringey supports people affected by a mental health problems. They offer services such as counselling, advocacy and wellbeing activities. Zurich Cares London is funding their new support service for ex-armed forces personnel over the next three years.

Mind would like to challenge a Zurich team to provide selection boxes for their service users which would be given to them at their Christmas party. Ideally, the Zurich volunteers would hand out the presents to the service users directly and join in the festive celebrations. Many of their service users are unable to work because of their mental health problems so they also struggle financially. 35-40 selection boxes - including items such as toiletries, vouchers or other small gifts - would therefore be most appreciated                                                                 

 

1122  Party Time!

Challenge group size:   F

KEEN London

What's the challenge?

KEEN London is the only charity in London providing one-to-one support at free sports and activity sessions for children with additional needs or disabilities. They are one of London's new multi-year funding partners.

 

Keen is holding a Christmas Party for its athletes on Sunday 10th December in North London and is looking for volunteers to help out with the running of the event.  You can volunteer as an individual or as a team.  They would also welcome any fundraising to help with the cost of the party.

 

1123 Cafe culture 

Challenge group size:   S

Ashford Place

What's the challenge?

Ashford Place, a community centre in NW London, established its 'De-caf' (Dementia Café) in early 2016 to support people living with dementia and their carers. They provide a relaxed setting with light refreshments and activities (including gentle exercises, music, dancing, singing, art classes, flower arranging, quizzes, and crosswords) and they invite special guests, such as a benefits advisor. The De-Caf is one of Zurich Cares London's new multi-year funding partners.

They would like a small group of volunteers to help with the Dementia Café Christmas dinner on Tuesday 12th Dec 1 - 4PM.  Any fundraising to help pay for the dinner and decorations would be welcome.