The idea for The Thousand campaign was born in late 2019 by members of HideOut’s Fundraising Committee and one of our founder patrons, GCA Altium.
Having learned of the challenges faced by the young people of East Manchester and particularly in the neighbourhoods that surround the Youth Zone (Longsight, Ardwick, Gorton), the group wanted to create an initiative that could generate regular and consistent funds to enhance and support core funding as well as providing additional layers of enrichment activities or subsidising membership or entrance fees.
The premise of the campaign is quite simple; by giving £66.66 + Gift Aid (which increases your donation by 25% at no extra cost) each month, your annual contribution will total £1,000 and you become a much valued member of “The Thousand”!
- £66.66 + Gift Aid (£16.67) = £83.33
£83.33 x 12 months = £1,000
We will use the monies raised by The Thousand to give young people unique, fun and inspiring opportunities such as residentials and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, or to purchase specialist equipment or resources, e.g. a harness which will enable a wheelchair-bound child to scale our 100ft climbing wall or much needed textiles and craft materials for creative arts projects.
HOW IT WORKS
It couldn’t be simpler to become a member of HideOut’s innovative new campaign…
We’re using the Charities Aid Foundation’s Donate system to process and manage your direct debit donations. Established over 90 years ago, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) are a charity, a bank and ‘a champion for better giving’. You can learn more about them by clicking here.
Gift Aid is a vital part of the campaign as it increases your £66.66 donation to £83.33 every month. For your donations to be eligible you must be an individual and a UK taxpayer. Companies can absolutely still be a proud supporter of The Thousand but your monthly donation amount would need to be £83.33 and exclude Gift Aid.
We recognise that £66.66 is a sizeable donation each month and some may wish to split the amount between 2 or 3 people and support The Thousand collectively. We welcome (and are very grateful for!) this approach and have created additional donation options for this purpose.
We ask if you choose to sign-up as a team/group that you email and tell us (email@example.com) who the contributors are so that we can link your donations together.
1. Set-up your direct debit donation by clicking the button below or visiting The Thousand campaign page: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/12094
2. Make sure to tick the box to add Gift Aid to your donation
3. Please say YES to us keeping in touch – we promise not to bombard you but would like to send you quarterly campaign updates
And that’s it! You’ll receive an email from CAF confirming your direct debit instruction straight away and a one to say thank you from us all at HideOut.
To find out more about The Thousand campaign, including FAQs and ways to get more involved, please see below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will my donation be used?
Funds raised through the campaign will be used towards providing the children and young people of Manchester with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
They will help towards the cost of the core provision of fun, engaging and inspiring activities plus create additional opportunities like residentials. Residentials are great for young people to experience life away from home (which will be the first time for many) or to try their hand at something a little different, like canoeing or gorge-walking. The funds from the campaign will always be used for the benefit of children and young people.
Can I sign-up by phone?
Absolutely! We chose the Charities Aid Foundation’s Donate system as it allows us to do the direct debit instruction on your behalf if that’s your preference. Please contact our Business Administration Manager or Finance Assistant on 0161 511 3777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Now I have signed up, what can I expect to receive in return?
Supporters of The Thousand will receive:
– A quarterly update with news of the campaign and tangible examples of how it’s benefiting children and young people
– An invitation to an annual supporter event
I forgot to add Gift Aid, can I add it now?
Unfortunately not, you will need to cancel your original direct debit instruction and then create a new one with the Gift Aid box ticked.
How can I change or cancel my monthly direct debit?
Please contact HideOut Youth’s Zone Business Administration Manager or Finance Assistant on 0161 511 3777 or email email@example.com.
Can I choose a different monthly donation amount?
We are incredibly grateful for any support you can give, and every donation is truly appreciated. For this specific campaign your (individual or grouped, see below) monthly donation needs to be in excess of £66.66 plus Gift Aid, or for companies, a minimum of £83.33 per month.
Can we split the donation amount between a couple or group?
Yes! The £66.66 + Gift Aid can be split between two people (so £33.33 + Gift Aid each) or three (£22.22 + Gift Aid each). Once each of your direct debits have been setup, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the names of each person so that we can link the donations together on our systems.
How can I get more involved in the charity?
There are lots of ways you can help us! Volunteers are absolutely integral to the Youth Zone and underpin many of our services and activities. Some areas we ask for help in is creative and performing arts, cooking, multi sports, music and media, health & well-being and mixed martial arts.
If you would like to meet new people, learn new skills, have fun and most importantly, make a difference to young people, please consider looking at our volunteer vacancies (you can see them here) or please contact Fiona Bradshaw, our Volunteer Recruitment & Staff Training Manager, on 0161 511 3777 or email email@example.com).