Catch the latest news and updates from The Insurance Charities, including a round-up of Awareness Week 2019.
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!
The annual Insurance Charities Awareness Week kicks off on Monday 17 June to better inform the sector there is a dedicated charity available to help them in times of need.
The Charity’s annual initiative will run from 17 to 21 June and will see the industry delivering a host of activities to help raise the profile of the Charity and increase the number of employees it reaches.
Throughout the week, the sector is being encouraged to get involved via social media, through their organisation’s communications channels, by distributing free giveaways in their offices, and by taking part in activities such as cake sales and dress down days. Last year the charity, who gives out £1.7 million a year, reached over 76,000 insurance employees through the campaign, and this year wants to broaden this reach even further.
The Charity offers help in a range of ways to insurance employees past and present, 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 grants, 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.
One beneficiary says, “My family and I are eternally grateful for the financial help we have received from The Insurance Charities. Over the last 15 years they have helped us enormously financially so that we could concentrate on caring for our disabled child. We cannot thank them enough.”
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 and Alzheimer’s Society have recently collaborated to create a dedicated service to support anyone in the industry affected by dementia. As part of this service personalised support and advice is available to help navigate the challenges of dementia. The charity also has partnerships with expert organisations such as Shelter and The Silverline to offer insurance people practical support alongside the financial support.
To support Awareness Week people can follow the #ICAW hashtag on social media, and access a Supporter Toolkit containing a range of free resources to help insurance employees get involved.
For The Insurance Charities media enquiries please contact Victoria Sutton, Marketing & Communications Manager 020 7606 3763 / 0797 3676630 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 £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 provides 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 is a charity registered in England & Wales no. 206860, Scotland no. SC047527, Ireland no. 20200129 and Isle of Man no. 1230. A company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales 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 theCharity’s website to find out more.
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Awareness Week Supporter Toolkit
Our annual awareness week will take place between the 17 and 21 June this year. If you’ve already ordered free promotional materials for your office, you will shortly be receiving these to share with your colleagues during the week.
Why do we run an Awareness Week?
The aim of our awareness week is to tell the industry about our charity, and that we are here to provide help and support in times of need. People are often surprised that we don’t just help those in insurance, we also help dependent relatives, as we know that when misfortune strikes, whatever it is, it can affect the whole family.
How can I get involved in The Insurance Charities Awareness Week?
Display a box or bag of giveaways in your office
This year we will have chocolates, pens and shoeshines available in our boxes and bags. These items have been chosen for you and your colleagues to enjoy, and to act as reminder should people experience difficulty and need help.
This year we are delighted to have partnered with Harry Specter’s Chocolates – a fantastic initiative dedicated to crafting delicious chocolates which creates employment for young people with autism.
Companies with fewer than thirty staff will receive a bag, and those with thirty or more staff will receive a box.
Ideally you should place your boxes or bags in areas where staff will gather or walk past such as reception desks, gyms, meeting rooms, restaurants or staff rooms from Monday 17 June.
Raise awareness through social media and your company communications channels
The week provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the charity, and to also raise your profile too.
- If you have a LinkedIn account or access to a blog, you could consider drafting a short article to highlight your own experiences if you have been helped by The Insurance Charities and are willing to share your story.
- For key statistics about the charity you can view our latest UK infographic. If you are based in Ireland, we have a separate infographic for you.
- You can follow us on Twitter and use #ICAW to share the news you are taking part in our awareness week on Twitter and include a photo of the box or bag in your office.
Twitter – @InsCharities
LinkedIn – The Insurance Charities
Website – www.theinsurancecharities.org.uk
If you’re not sure what to say when you’re posting, you could use wording such as:
We’re/I’m supporting @InsCharities Awareness Week to help spread the word that our industry has a dedicated charity providing help and support to those in need. #ICAW #insurance #charity
The @InsCharities is our industry charity. They can help current and former employees and their families experiencing difficult life events. #ICAW #insurance #charity
Don’t forget if you’re working in insurance or have done in the past and are experiencing a difficult life event the @InsCharities could help. #ICAW #insuranceindustry #charity
- If you have a company intranet or magazine you may be able to submit a short article about the charity which we have already drafted for you.
- If you would like to include our logo you can do so here. Other formats are available if you need them just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not alter the logo in anyway.
Pledge your support
We’ve created a social media pledge banner to demonstrate your support for Awareness Week, for you to print, hold up and photograph. You can then post on social media from June 17 onwards. You can post as an individual or with your colleagues. This is a great way to help raise awareness and promote your organisation at the same time!
Run individual or organisation wide activities during the week
There are plenty of activities you can run to support the week and help raise awareness among your colleagues. Here are just a few ideas:
- A bake sale
- Dress down day
- Sponsored bike ride/run
- Golf tournament
- Raffle or auction
- Team quiz
- Five aside football match
We have gift aid envelopes available for our supporters, if you or your colleagues would like to fundraise for us. Please get in touch to order a batch at no cost.
Display our posters
We’ve created two different colour A4 posters for you to display in your offices where permitted. One is an Awareness Week specific poster, the other a general poster that you can display all year round.
Share our short video
You could share our short video on your social media channels by linking to: https://youtu.be/7aW6nbPBgVw
Alternatively, you might be able to share the film on your intranet if you have one, using the following embed code:
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/7aW6nbPBgVw” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>
If your building has screens in public areas such as your reception or staff restaurant, you might be able to share information about the Charity and the Week this way.
Other ways you can support The Insurance Charities
- Sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter via the sign up box at the bottom of our homepage.
- From just £15 a year you can support us by becoming a member and help us to help others.
- Think about a colleague or someone in your professional network that may need our support and share our details with them.
- Please share this information with your marketing and communications person/team so they can help with supporting the week as part of their other activity.
If you have any other queries you can call us on 020 7606 3763 or email email@example.com.