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 Wednesday 10 October and book from Wednesday 17 October. 100% matching applies to all challenges.

To book yours, please contact your Zurich Cares Challenge Representative, Lisa Walsh, on 07875 885168 from 10am.

1111  Sharing is caring 

Challenge group size: F

Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)

What's the challenge?

AFRIL works to relieve the poverty of local refugees in Lewisham London, advance their education and raise awareness about their needs.

Christmas can be a very difficult time for some people. Can you make life that little easier by collecting food and toiletries for AFRIL's Helping Hand Foodbank? They distribute 20 food parcels to local destitute asylum seekers and refugees, and your donations would be very much appreciated.

 

1112  Hark the Herald Angels Sing 

Challenge group size: S

Place2Be

What's the challenge?

Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. They provide children's mental health services in 286 primary and secondary schools, reaching a total school population of 129,000 pupils, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. 

The Place2Be carol concert will take place on Tuesday 4 December. They would love for a small team of volunteers to help out on the night. This could include activities such as bucket collections, helping people to their seats, selling products in aid of Place2Be and supporting the general running of the event. This is sure to be a wonderful event and your help would be very much appreciated.

1113  Rocking around the Christmas tree

Challenge group size:  M

KEEN London

What's the challenge?

KEEN London provides free sports and games sessions with 1:1 support for disabled children and their siblings.

 

KEEN will be hosting their Christmas Party on Sunday 16 December for the children and young people who attend their service. (North London, exact location TBC). The event is enjoyed by all the children and their families and is very much looked forward to. There will be approx. 50 young people and their families in attendance and KEEN would like assistance with the preparation and serving of food and putting up decorations etc. Could you and your team spare a few hours to support this lovely charity and put a smile on the children's faces? Some fundraising to support the cost of the party would be appreciated.

1114  Concrete bed

Challenge group size: F

The Soup Kitchen

What's the challenge?

The Soup Kitchen (SK) seeks to deliver care and compassion to the homeless and marginally homeless of central London, improving their general social welfare. They provide free, hot meals 5 days a week to approximately 90 guests each day and in addition, distribute free clothes and toiletries to those in need. Also, to a smaller number of guests, they offer assistance with writing letters, making phone calls, managing on a limited budget, and dealing with social services.

Have you got what it takes to 'Sleep Out' in support of the Soup Kitchen? The challenge is for Zurich employees to spend the night sleeping rough outside (but within their secure courtyard). Although the 'Soup Kitchen Sleep Out' is a great opportunity for us to show solidarity with rough sleepers, it is important to recognise that the goal of this event is not to replicate what it is like to be homeless. Instead, they hope it will give a small glimpse into the reality of these people's lives and the challenges they face. This includes suffering the cold and discomfort of the streets and the struggle to carry on the next day with very little sleep. Sponsorship for this event would be appreciated.

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1115 Christmas flare

Challenge group size:  F

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham

What's the challenge?

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham is a community mental health service supporting local people. They offer a wide range of support services to clients who are working towards their recovery.

 

The annual Christmas event, that Zurich volunteers have been involved in for 3 years, is really valued by the clients. This year MIND are planning a Christmas Craft Fair where clients will be able to display and sell their work - woodwork, art, craft and jewellery. They are looking for a team to help host a buffet with mince pies and finger food at the fair. The event will celebrate the creativity within the organisation as well as bring people together. There will be up to 80 people involved in the event.

1116  From me to you 

Challenge group size:  F

St Joseph's Hospice 

What's the challenge?

St Joseph’s Hospice is the only hospice for adults in East London, who care for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, helping them to live their life to it's fullest in the time they have left.

 

We'd like your help to make sure that all hospice patients have a special present to open on Christmas Day. The hospice would like you to collect 50 Christmas Gift Bags (25 for men and 25 for women) each bag containing the items below (presents don't need to be individually wrapped): 
- Festive chocolates or festive biscuits
- Soft, cosy socks 
- Hand cream for sensitive skin 
- Cross word book or small games

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1117  A sprinkle of surprise

Challenge group size:   M

Peabody

What's the challenge?

Peabody is one of London's oldest and largest housing providers, also delivering an extensive range of community programmes. They support London's most vulnerable not only with housing, but with access to employment and training, health and wellbeing support, digital training, specialised older people and young people services and volunteering.

Peabody run a Christmas Elves programme every year, whereby the most in need families receive donated presents from Peabody and Zurich employee teams. These families and their children may not otherwise have any presents on Christmas day.

The challenge is to raise £250 which will be matched 100% so the total will be £500. The amount will be given to the charity who will order presents for children and a food hamper for disadvantaged families.

Peabody will arrange for these presents and hampers to be sent to Zurich where you'll be able to wrap them. A member of the Peabody team would like to visit the Zurich office when you complete the wrapping, to tell you all about the families you'll be helping.

It's a really heart warming campaign and a great way to spread Christmas cheer to families who otherwise would not be able to afford to celebrate.

1118  Celebrate good times

Challenge group size:   M

Mind in Haringey

What's the challenge?

Mind in Haringey provides information, advice and support to people affected by mental health problems, primarily in Haringey. They work to prevent mental health problems, promote mental well being and ensure those with mental health problems are respected and included in the local community. Thanks to ZCT they are now running a service for ex-service personnel, and they would like to focus on celebrating this in the Festive Challenge they propose..

The veterans who attend the Ex-Services project which ZCT are funding would love an end of year celebration involving eating and singing along with other service users. This will hopefully increase a sense of belonging within the community. The challenge will include helping to provide a festive lunch for around 20-30 people. They would also like a fun afternoon with some games and lovely decorations in their large hall.

1119  Back to basics

Challenge group size:   M

CLIC Sargent

What's the challenge?

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. Cancer doesn't discriminate. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent's specialist care teams will step in, ready to help, support and guide. They will provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and their family. Cancer costs families on average an extra £600 per month. CLIC Sargent helps ease the financial burden in a number of ways including through their ten Homes from Home. There homes provide a free accommodation service close to principal treatment centres across the UK. They enable families to stay together in a warm, homely environment which helps to save on costs and provide a sense of normality during the most challenging times of their lives.

CLIC challenge Zurich employees to collect items for emergency care packages for two of CLIC Sargent's Homes from Home: Paul's House in London and CLIC Court in Oxford (or you can just donate to London if Oxford is too far). When the doctor diagnoses a child with cancer, families may have to act quickly and get themselves to their nearest principal treatment centre, which can often be miles away from home. Families on average have to travel up to 60 miles to receive treatment. Their Homes from Home are located close to principal treatment centres, ensuring that families can stay together in a comfortable, homely environment, free of charge, whilst their child receives treatment. Once all the items have been collected, staff will be able to arrange a delivery date with CLIC Sargent to the home of their choice. You can then personally deliver the care packages directly to the homes. At any one time Paul's House can support up to 16 families and CLIC Court can support up to 5 families.

 

 

1120  Ho Ho Ho - look at Santa go

Challenge group size:   M

Place2Be

What's the challenge?

Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. They provide children's mental health services in 286 primary and secondary schools, reaching a total school population of 129,000 pupils, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. 

Place2Be is part of the Lord Mayor's appeal this year, and in December they are taking part in the Santa in the City run on Wednesday 5 December at 7pm. It would be brilliant if they could get a team of Zurich volunteers to help out at the run. Activities would include manning a cheer station, handing out water, giving out goody bags at the end of the run, and generally supplying a healthy dose of enthusiasm. If this is up your street, call and book!

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