Get Involved Lench’s Trust extends a warm welcome to those individuals and organisations who engage with us in helping to achieve our aims of providing care and support to our older generation who are in need. If you would like to help, there are a number of ways in which you can do so: Volunteering If you are an individual, a school or youth group, a company or an organisation’s department, then volunteering your time and resources can play a valuable role in helping us to ensure our residents lead a healthy, active and interesting life in their later years. Visit our Volunteering page to discover more details find out how to apply. Fundraising Lench’s Trust needs both revenue and capital funds in order to maintain its services and, as the population ages, to look after the ever increasing number of elderly people in need of care and support. Go to our Fundraising page to see how you can help us. Corporate Support As an organisation there are a number of ways in which you can get involved with Lench’s Trust to support our work and facilitate your Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Whether it be volunteering, charity adoption or gifts in kind, the Trust will always welcome your support. See our Corporate page for further details. Helping us achieve our aims is both worthwhile and rewarding. Volunteering Lench's Trust welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds to come and help us ensure our residents remain active citizens who are fully engaged in their community. - You may be an individual willing to give their time as a volunteer working closely with our Scheme Managers to avoid the social isolation of some of our most vulnerable residents or help the staff in facilitating a wide range of activities and events in our communal facilities. - You may be a School or a Youth Group willing to spend time with our residents and take on a project such as developing garden allotments, organising games, coffee mornings or concerts. - You may like to donate your time and expertise to support our staff in various practical ways - for example administration, fundraising, maintenance, or as a Trustee. “After retiring I had seen an advert for the opening day of the new William Lench Court... I went and was really impressed. Losing my husband 11 years ago has meant I have been used to going out every day; this was the perfect opportunity to keep myself occupied. I'm a people person, it’s ideal!” Gwen, Volunteer Receptionist We would like to hear from you - please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 426 0455 or via our Contact Us page. You can also fill the Application Form for Volunteering and return it to us at our Head Office in Quinton. Corporate Social Responsibility Many more companies are now supporting charities and communities in the areas in which they operate in recognition of the benefits that being a good ‘corporate citizen’ will bring to all involved. There are a number of ways in which you can get involved with Lench’s Trust to support our work and facilitate your Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Facilitating Employee Programmes and Involvement Active involvement in supporting charities can improve employee recruitment and retention Volunteering Enabling employees to volunteer their time and effort to support charity projects can be very straightforward and simply involve recognising an employee as Charity Champion, allowing employees some time e.g. ½ day a month to undertake the project(s) and coordinating employees’ time and effort needed to undertake the project. If you would like to help us in this way please contact us to find out about current projects. Employee Fundraising A registered Payroll Giving (PG) scheme enables staff to choose to have a regular deduction from their pay, which will be donated every week/month to the charity of their choice. PG schemes are tax effective with the charity receiving the gross amount of the donation. If your organisation doesn’t have a registered scheme and you would like advice on setting one up then please contact us. Staff may also choose individually or collectively to undertake sponsored events with the proceeds being donated to their chosen charity. This may be undertaken in conjunction with the company’s ‘Adopt a Charity’ programme. Companies often choose to match the amounts raised by their staff. Adopt a Charity You might wish to support Lench’s Trust for a certain period, say 1 year, during which time we would work together to implement a series of events, sponsorship and activities with employee involvement which would contribute to your company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme and benefit Lench’s Trust. A programme of PR would be agreed. Please contact us if you would like to explore this further. Gifts in Kind Gifts in kind are always welcomed by the Trust and can range from equipment for our residents’ activity programmes to garden benches so that our residents may sit and enjoy the beautiful gardens at our schemes. Job Swaps The Trust occasionally has opportunities for company employees to undertake a defined role within the Trust for a short period of time, such as building a database. This enables the Trust to deploy expertise, which it doesn’t have in-house, and gives the employee experience of working in a different sector. Community Events Our Scheme Managers and residents alike organise events throughout the year to which families, friends and members of the local community are most welcome. From fundraising evenings to table top sales, we find it paramount to involve all members of the community - the young and the elderly! Our extensive facilities at William Lench Court allow us to hold much bigger events. Not only can you join in on selected events and activities that go on at our schemes but you can also hire out our high quality and grand facilities across Birmingham. For more information about our Quinton site go to the Venue's website - or alternatively contact William Lench Court's Scheme Manager, Jayne McGettrick, on 0121 426 0451. For information regarding our other schemes in Moseley and Sutton Coldfield, both of which have been recently renovated, please contact Maria Bell on 0121 449 9205 and Marion O'Mara on 0121 311 2743 respectively.