We are delighted to feature in the latest edition of CILA‘s Claims Focus magazine. You can read a round-up of our 2019 Awareness Week, plus find out how you can access support for anyone living with dementia. There’s also information about an exciting volunteering initiative piloting in the Birmingham area.
Over the past few months we have enjoyed getting out and about, catching up with familiar faces and forging new contacts across the country.
In May we travelled north for the BIBA Conference in Manchester. It was a great few days and we were privileged to be able to sit in on some of the sessions that included speakers such as Boris Johnson, Professor Green, Freddie Flintoff and the BBC’s, Huw Edwards. Themes such a mental health took centre stage this year – an important topic and something we spoke about recently in Insurance Age.
Next we travelled up to Harrogate for the three-day AIRMIC Conference at the Convention Centre. Once again it was great to meet some new faces and let people know about the work of the charity.
Finally, staying nearer to our home in The City, we were delighted to attend the one-day MGAA Conference at the start of July. Delegates were able to hear about us as part of the Time to talk about….. mental health session and we thank MGAA for this opportunity for us to feed into the agenda.
The role of The Insurance Charities Representative, also known as a Visitor, is to visit applicants requesting help from the the Charity in their local Insurance Institute area in the UK and Ireland.
We are looking for CII member volunteers with a sympathetic and supportive attitude, good organisational skills and the ability to write accurate and concise reports in the following geographical areas:
- Mid Kent
- Inverness, the Highlands and Islands
- Chelmsford and South Essex.
A visitor is usually appointed for a year and key responsibilities include:
- Carrying out visits annually or as and when required to individuals in their homes.
- Verifying information supplied by the beneficiary or individual applying for support.
- Providing a written and detailed confidential report post meeting to the Charity.
If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, then please call us on 020 7606 3163 for an informal chat.
This year was our biggest Awareness Week yet thanks to our fantastic network of supporters. We reached over 78,000 insurance employees via the campaign – that’s 2,000 more than last year. We distributed over 500 boxes and 200 bags of giveaways and hope you all enjoyed these with your colleagues if you placed an order.
It was fantastic to see so many of you posting on social media throughout the week and for us to hear about the activities you organised in your offices such as cake sales and fancy-dress days. Your photos were great so thank you for sharing those with us.
All your efforts have helped to raise the profile of the support we can offer, but we ask that you continue to spread the word among your colleagues and HR teams.
Finally, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Harry Specters for supplying the chocolate for our packs this year. If you’re not familiar with this fantastic social enterprise, we urge you read their story and consider them when ordering any of your corporate giveaways.
We’re looking forward to Awareness Week 2020 and reaching even more industry people in need of our help.
The Insurance Charities and the Alzheimer’s Society’s Insurance United Against Dementia (IUAD) campaign have joined forces to create a bespoke support service for people affected by dementia in the insurance industry.
At a reception held last week at the historical MCC Museum at Lord’s cricket ground, guests from across the industry gathered to hear about the work of The Insurance Charities and their recently launched partnership with the UK’s leading dementia charity.
Anyone in the industry living with dementia, or who has a loved one diagnosed with the illness can now contact The Insurance Charities who will refer them to a dedicated adviser at Alzheimer’s Society to provide help that’s right for them. This could be emotional or legal support on the phone, through to connecting them with a local dementia support worker.
An innovative pilot initiative in the Birmingham region has also been created to provide meaningful volunteering roles, that offer the sector the opportunity to give back to their local communities. Volunteering can take place on weekdays, evenings or during weekends, by phone or face-to-face.
Speaking ahead of the event The Insurance Charities CEO Annali-Joy Thornicroft said: ‘We know that an increasing number of people are affected by dementia and that many want to support those going through challenging times. That’s why we are delighted to have developed this project offering insurance people fast track support and volunteering opportunities which will make a real difference to those living with dementia.’
Tim McLachlan, Director of Local and National Services, at Alzheimer’s Society said of the partnership:
‘At Alzheimer’s Society, we strive to ensure everyone affected by dementia knows we are here in their moment of need – but we can’t do this alone. Our innovative partnership with The Insurance Charities will help us to reach more people with dedicated support and advice. And by creating more volunteers we can ensure that people with dementia can remain active in their local communities. It’s fantastic to see the insurance industry galvanising to support people affected by dementia.’
The event, which took place during The Insurance Charities annual awareness week and ICC Cricket World Cup, included a speech by Angus Fraser MBE, a former English cricketer and well-known journalist and sports commentator.
For The Insurance Charities media enquiries please contact
Victoria Sutton, Marketing & Communications Manager 020 7606 3763 / 0797 3676630
For Alzheimer’s Society media enquiries please contact the Insurance United Against Dementia team on email@example.com
Notes to editors
- The Insurance Charities is the charity for the UK and Irish insurance industry, providing support for current and former insurance employees and their dependants since 1902. The Charity gives over £1.7 million of help each year to insurance people in need.
- Established in the City of London in 1902 as The Insurance Clerks Orphanage, The Insurance Charities now provide help and support to past and present employees of the UK and Irish insurance sector and their dependants. There have been a few name changes and mergers over the years, but the Charity’s mission has stayed the same; to provide help and assistance to insurance and insurance related employees and their families.
- The Insurance Charities offer help in a range of ways to employees and their families in the UK and Ireland. For example, by financing essential items such as equipment to help with reduced mobility, property adaptation work which cannot be funded by government, the replacement of appliances or even essential property maintenance. The organisation also provides regular support where income is generally restricted or insufficient to meet higher than average costs resulting from things such as health conditions. Financial help can be available on an outright or charitable loan basis. Other forms of help are also available including signposting to specialist advice during difficult life events such as depression or loneliness, as well as giving practical support to those with health worries, money management and housing concerns.
- The Insurance Charities is a charity registered in England & Wales no. 206860, Ireland no. 20200129, Scotland no. SC047527 and Isle of Man no. 1230. A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England no. 74461, at Third Floor, 2 St Andrews Hill, London EC4V 5BY, and in the Isle of Man no. 006098F, at Third Floor, 10-12 Prospect Hill Douglas IM1 1EJ.
- Any insurance employees, past or present, who are experiencing difficult life events should visit the help and support section of The Insurance Charities websiteto find out more.
- Follow The Insurance Charities on Twitter, and on Linkedin.
- Insurance United Against Dementia is a fundraising and awareness campaign led by Alzheimer’s Society and leaders from the insurance sector.
- Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They provide information and support, fund research, campaign to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Alzheimer’s Society research shows that by 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. This will soar to two million by 2051.
- Dementia deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 will develop dementia this year – that’s one every three minutes. Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.
- Alzheimer’s Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of all types of dementia and has committed to spend at least £150 million on research over the next decade. This includes a £50 million investment in the UK’s first dedicated Dementia Research Institute.
- Find out more about Insurance United Against Dementia at www.alzheimers.org.uk/iuad
- Follow IUAD on Twitter, on the Linked In group Insurance United Against Dementia,and on Alzheimer’s Society YouTube channel.
The Insurance Charities is thrilled to be partnering with Harry Specters chocolates – a social enterprise set up by Mona, Shaz and their son Ash, who has autism.
While visiting a chocolate shop on a holiday in Scotland in 2011, Mona discovered a perfect way of combining her passion for creating positive change for people with autism with her love for chocolate.
Ash came up with the name and a year later, Harry Specters was born – dedicated to crafting delicious chocolates that create employment for young people with autism. They are involved in every aspect of the business – from making and packaging the products to administration, design and photography.
Since the company inception in November 2012, the company has had 260 beneficiaries which mostly includes young people with autism, who have learnt new skills, resulting in increased confidence, hope, and aspirations for their future.
We are excited to be including Harry Specters chocolates in our Awareness Week charity boxes and bags this year, and hope that some of you have been able to sample them for yourselves.
And finally, don’t forget to share your photos of you and your colleagues enjoying your chocolates on social media throughout this week!