What a year it has been! We are so thankful to those in our communities who have supported us throughout this through difficult time through donations large or small. We are extremely grateful to our existing funders including BBC Children in Need who have allowed us to reshape some of our project work over the past months to meet the need and the constraints of supporting young people during a pandemic and also immensely grateful to those funders such as the National Lottery Community Fund who have helped fill the gap left by the cancellation of community fundraising events. We couldn’t have done it without you.
But, we are not through the woods yet. We expect to 2021-2022 to be tough financially as it seems unlikely that many community fundraising events will not run and the further emergency funding is unlikely. We are always optimistic and will be working hard to maintain our programme of activities. As the only organisation of our kind in North Dorset it’s even more important that we succeed.
So, what can you do? You can donate online through localgiving. OR, if you shop online why not choose the Rendezvous as your charity of choice for ‘give as you shop’ apps such as Amazon Smile or Easy Fundraising which even donates up to £15 for using utility switch websites. It’s the retail industry’s equivalent of Gift Aid so costs you nothing.
You could run a fundraising event – large or small – a coffee morning or a concert or make and sell crafts like the wonderful Mrs C did with her extremely comfortable masks.
We are a charitable organisation, completely independent of any other body and trusted and valued by the local community. We are reliant on regular support from that community and long standing local funders together with grants from other trusts and foundations. Without their ongoing generosity we could not provide our services although with more organisations seeking local funding in the area fundraising continues to be ever more of a challenge.
>> Donate online via Localgiving
No matter how large or small, whether a one off donation or regular monthly direct debit, a regular weekly commitment to help in the coffee bar or an ad hoc offer of help we are extremely grateful for all the support we receive.
Donation by cheque: please make cheques payable to Youth Resource Services and send them to Helen Da Silva Wood, The Rendezvous, Under Cheap Street Church, Cheap Street, Sherborne DT9 3BJ. If you would like to talk about your donation and what it might be used for then do please get in touch with Helen direct.
There are lots of ways in which you can support the Rendezvous and the young people who use it.
How you can support the Rendezvous:
- make a regular monthly or annual contribution – here
- make a one off donation
- join the Friends of the Rendezvous – find out more here
- volunteer your time as a tutor and mentor
- offer goods and services
- organise a fundraising event in aid of the Rendezvous
- remember us in your will
If you would like to know more then please get in touch with Helen