Every year, our workforce, with the support of the company is involved in supporting chosen charities, to give something back to the community. This year for our Make a Difference Campaign, we have chosen to support a number of charities close to our hearts. You can follow our progress on our website, and twitter feed #makeadifference
Rotherham Looked after children council - (LACC)
Every year tens of thousands of children across the UK need foster carers while they can’t live with their own families. Latest government figures, (February 2018), show there are over 72,000 children living in care in England, with the largest majority in care due to parental abuse and neglect.
As part of our fundraising for 2018, Cidon have decided to link up with Rotherham MBC in order to raise money for the looked after children of Rotherham. We have been made aware by Rotherham MBC that this year they have launched an event to ban the black bag after a passionate plea from young people in care that it is not appropriate for them to move placements with their belongings in black bags, quite rightly! Cidon have been challenged to secure 100 no. medium size hard shelled suitcases for these children. Just in the first quarter of the year we have already secured 45 of these, and still counting, thanks to our suppliers, and employees!
During the course of the year, we will run a number of events including charity breakfasts, cake sales, raffles, cycling challenges and more, to support LACC Rotherham. The money will be allocated for children, and carers to have a day out at the seaside or Christmas Pantomime, a day for both the children and carers to enjoy and look forward to. We are also hoping to raise sufficient funds to enable Foster Carers to set up the first Foster Carers Association, which will provide support, and a lasting legacy for our fundraising this year.
As there is currently no government funding available for any of these activates, all donations will truly Make a Difference to the looked after children in Rotherham.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. Barnsley foodbank provides emergency food parcels, enabling families to be fed and remain in good health regardless of circumstances. All clients using the foodbank network have been referred through agencies such as Citizens Advice, children’s centres and health visitors, and when in need will receive a food voucher to use.
With the foodbank located less than 1 mile away from our head office, we felt it was a great opportunity to support our local community throughout 2018, in a practical way, with a large donation box located in reception.