Community

Supporting our community at all stages of life

We work with local charities to support our Corporate Social Responsibility strategic vision. This year we are working with Children’s Hospice South West and Ablaze.

Charlton Farm supports children with life-limiting conditions, which means they are unlikely to reach adulthood. It provides respite stays for the whole family, giving them the chance to spend precious time together and make happy memories.

The funds we raise will ensure that they can continue to be here whenever families need them, providing the highest standards of care. They currently support over 230 families in and around Bristol. Families have said, “Without the support, guidance and care we received from all the team at Charlton Farm, we would not have coped” and “We were supported every step of the way from the early days to the end by an amazing team of carers who always showed so much care, respect and love for our very special children.”

It costs just under £4 million to keep Charlton Farm open and no family pays a penny to stay with them. They receive an average percentage of their funding from the Government so they rely heavily on voluntary donations.

We are proud to announce our new partnership with The Bristol Hippodrome, one of the UK’s top family-friendly provincial theatres.

This partnership will give us the opportunity to generate brand awareness, gain positive exposure and support our Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

The Bristol Hippodrome has launched its Matinee Club to help combat loneliness in later life for people who are aged 60 and over. As part of our partnership, National Friendly has also become the main sponsor of the Matinee Club.

We look forward to working with The Bristol Hippodrome. Please look out for updates across our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn).

Ablaze is a charity formed and supported by Bristol’s business community to connect local firms with education and help improve the opportunities available to Bristol’s young people.

Since 2005, thousands of young people across the wider Bristol region have been supported by businesses and community volunteers delivering Ablaze programmes in schools.

The Society’s relationship with Ablaze began in 2010 and since then we have formed a partnership utilising the skills and commitment of our staff volunteers.

Their objective is to tackle the inequality of opportunity for young people in the West of England region.

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