By donating unused or unwanted goods, either as gifts in kind from the company, or by arranging a collection of goods from employees.
By staff volunteering - giving staff time off to support the charity. Even one day can make a difference in terms of a team of volunteers sorting goods, loading lorries, driving, helping out in a charity shop, checking shoe boxes or supporting a fundraising event.
By participating in the Shoe Box Appeal - an organisation can promote and publicise the Shoe Box Appeal internally, managing the whole operation from beginning to end, which gives a real sense of achievement. We are also need people to sort and check the shoeboxes.
By seconding staff – we would benefit greatly from your staff expertise for a week, a month or six months. Your staff would also benefit from a fresh perspective and would learn from the challenges offered by working for a charity.
By encouraging Payroll Giving which is a tax efficient and easy way of giving – for every £10 the charity receives, the employee only pays £7.80. Click here to find out more.
By making us your “Charity of the Year” - an opportunity to fundraise, collect goods and raise awareness of Blythswood within your organisation.
There are many other ways in which organisations can support our work and we are happy to look at any ideas which you have and which we could develop.
You are linked with a Scottish charity which you can trust.
You get more for your money – our total administration costs are no more than 5% of our income.
We are a small, local charity which appeals to small businesses.
We offer volunteering opportunities (both at home and abroad) which promote team building.
You can “adopt” a project – fundraising, volunteering and supporting our work in one specific area.
You can take part in a Vision Trip – travelling abroad to see what we do.
It cost you less to give more to the charities you care about
What is Payroll Giving?
This is a means of giving to charity straight from your salary – the deduction will show on your wage slip. It is simple and easy to operate and you are in control. The big advantage is that the money you would have paid in income tax goes to the charity.
So if you wish Blythswood to receive £10 a month, you only pay £7.80 (£6 if you are a higher rate taxpayer).
Just think – for less than the cost of a magazine or a glass of wine each week, you can make a real difference to our work.
Are you an Employee?
The benefits for employees:
It is an easy way to donate – the donation is taken from pre tax pay and shows on your payslip.
The charity gets more than you donate.
It doesn’t affect National Insurance or personal tax allowance.
You can give to as many charities as you want.
Are you an Employer?
The benefits for employers:
Payroll Giving is easy and cheap to set up – it simply involves a small change to the company’s payroll system.
The scheme is processed by a Payroll Giving Agency to provide an audit trail and to prevent fraud.
Employees appreciate that their employer is actively encouraging charitable giving and this engages and motivates them.
How does it Work?
The scheme needs
An employer willing to offer it.
An employer willing to enter into an agreement with a Payroll Giving Agency.
An employee paid through PAYE who wants to give to charity direct from salary.
Please note that whilst we hope that you will consider donating to Blythswood, you are free to donate to whichever charity and however many charities you wish – you just enter the charity’s name on the form.
How can Payroll Giving support our Work?
A donation of £10 per month for one year will provide 3 wheelchairs for disabled adults and children.
A donation of £20 per month for one year will cover the cost of feeding 40 children at a care home in India each day.
To find out more please contact us or speak to your Employer.
Blythswood is grateful to all the companies which already support our work, largely through donations of goods and the participation in the Shoe Box Appeal.
This is an opportunity for your employees to come to work knowing that the organisation for which they work has committed to supporting a charity which really does make a difference and changes lives for the better at home and abroad.