In addition to our local grants and overseas grants programme, Zurich Cares also works at a national level in partnership with Alzheimer's Society, CLIC Sargent and Mind.

All three partners were chosen by Zurich employees from across the UK - so it is very much the donations and fundraising carried out for our 'Zurich Cares' grant pot which funds these partnerships. We also look to add value to the partnerships through encouraging employees to share their skills and by raising awareness of each partner's area of work inside Zurich. Each partner receives £50,000 a year over a four to six year period. 
 
For an overview of the key focus of what our partnerships are working to achieve please click on the links below and to the side. 

Our three national partners

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer’s Society  Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. But dementia won't win. Until the day they find a cure, Alzheimer's Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. Everything Alzheimer's Society do is informed and inspired by them.
 
Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. Every day, they work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. They provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need their help. And they are creating a more dementia-friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice provides over 2,000 local services for people with dementia and their carers, including support workers, information and advice. They want everyone to have access to quality dementia care.
 
What our grant funds
Music is powerfully emotive and can be an extremely effective form of therapy. Research indicates that music can greatly improve communication, transforming the lives of those living with dementia. 

Our annual grant of £50,000 supports five services to provide up to 200 Singing for the Brain sessions near to Zurich offices a year; this is a unique music therapy that uses the power of singing to bring people living with dementia, their carers and volunteers together. The group are in London, Swindon, Bolton and Eastleigh, Hampshire. £5,000 of our annual grant also funds the equivalent of a Singing for the Brain service in Glasgow, run by Alzheimer Scotland. 
 
“I love coming to the group, it’s the highlight of my week. I sing my heart out and I’ve never done that before. The only thing I don’t like is that I have to wait a week before I do it again!”  Peter, who lives with dementia.

Our funding means up to around 100 isolated older people, who live with dementia, meet on a weekly basis to form new friendships and to support each other through the challenges they face. Their carers and families also benefit from these weekly two hour singing sessions. 
 
•Sessions are led by a qualified therapist and involve rhythmic exercises in a structured, supportive and enjoyable environment. Singing helps people to exercise their voice and improve communication. Many carers of people living with dementia find that, following a session, conversations become easier and more fluent.    You can listen into a Singing for the Brain here! >>

We also are proud to support our partnership by encouraging Zurich employees across the UK to become a Dementia Friend.  By running in house Information Sessions around 700 Zurich employees are now a Dementia Friend >>



CLIC Sargent









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 family.
 
CLIC Sargent fights tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t. We do this individually, locally and nationally, so that they can focus on the important things, like getting well. And if the worst happens, we will work with bereaved families to get them support, to help them cope with their emotional pain.     
 
What our grant funds
Our grant of £50,000 a year originally supported two key activities - CLIC Sargent's Exceptional Grants Scheme and The Big Bag project. Both are there to give the support children and their families so desperately need at the point of diagnosis, when the unimaginable happens.

From 2016, our grant focus changed to support CLIC Sargent's Participation Service

CLIC Sargent believes young people with lived experience of cancer are the best people to explain what it's really like and tell us what support is needed. Their Participation service involves young people and children in various opportunities that allow them to share their views and influence their work. 

'I think that involving children and young people in ways like this is so beneficial to them to build their confidence, to help them in their employability in the future and as a way to help recover from the trauma of cancer by turning your experiences into a more positive thing by gaining from them! It is also brilliant for the charity to continuously create work and services and their improvements from children and young people's views - there is no better way to improve a charity.”

Meet Bradley, one of the young people involved in the Participation Programme >>

 

Mind

Every year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem. Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing any form of mental health problem. Mind campaigns to bring about long-term change, to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
 
Mental health problems can affect anyone: feeling alone, anxious, depressed or in the middle of a crisis, people too often struggle to get the care and support they need.
 
What our grant funds 
Mind believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. Their Infoline can provide a lifeline, listening and supporting people to make informed choices about their treatment and helping them find the support they need.
 
Our annual grant of £50,000 funds the employment and training of an Infoline Advisor, to give practical 'next steps' advice and empower 6,500 people a year to take control of their situation.  This support is a fantastic boost to the service, meaning Mind can focus on expanding the range of ways people can get in touch, including by text. Find out more about the vital role played by Ian, Infoline Advisor, each and every day >>.
 
"I just wanted to thank you because it was very difficult for me to ring you. It’s my first phone call to any service of this type. The Advisor made me feel at ease and understood what I was on about and managed to give me the information I needed. It was like having a weight taken from my shoulders." Caller to the Infoline

For many callers to the Mind Infoline it’s the first time they’ve opened up about what they’re going through. They don’t know where else to turn. Once they get through they’ll speak to a trained Advisor who will listen, give them space to talk and help them find the support that’s right for them.  And the Infoline is not just for those with a mental health problem themselves - family members and friends are also frequent callers.  Read Tracey's story >>

Did you know?  As a result of the economic situation and closure of local services, calls to the Infoline are rising.  This is why our support of the Infoline is so important. 

  • The response rate of an advisor was, on average, 7,638 enquiries during the period October 2015 to September 2016 - a 1.5% increase from the same period last year. 
  • 90% of callers go on to take action after contacting the Infoline.