There are a number of different ways that you can support the work of IHAG and the lives of our clients:
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee and support the work of IHAG then follow the Trustees link to find out more.
Although a Charity, IHAG runs like a business and therefore has to balance income and expenditure. So far we have managed to do this quite successfully, and hopefully we can continue to do so, but we always need money for new projects and initiatives plus, in these days of threatened public sector spending cuts, we may have to rely more and more on the generosity of individuals like you.
Donations to IHAG can be made through Localgiving.com a national fundraising website. Or make a donation directly by sending a cheque made payable to IHAG or by bank transfer. You can follow this link to donate money to IHAG. If you are a UK taxpayer do not forget gift aid as for every £1 you give we can claim back 25p at no extra cost to you.
If you cannot download the Gift Aid / Membership form, then please use the Contact Form to request that we send you a paper copy to fill in and return (Don’t forget to put your name and address and a note about what you want us to send)
You can also Donate through our Facebook Page.
Any questions about your donation then just contact us.
Donate Goods and Non Perishable Food
The Chapman Centre gratefully accepts a whole range of donations. We remain grateful to many people who continuously support us with their kind and generous donations. Whilst the list below is not exhaustive, we do not accept bedding, sheets and warm coats as this encourages rough sleeping. The charity’s aim is to change the lives of marginalised single homeless adults by providing a range of professional support services so these can act as a stepping stone from homelessness and social exclusion to permanent accommodation, independence and social inclusion.
Leave a gift in your Will of any size, costing you nothing in your lifetime and would make such a difference to the lives of our clients. For changes to your Will we recommend you contact your solicitor.
You could be raising funds for IHAG every time you shop online through using Give as you live. There are over 2,500 stores who donate to charity every time you spend online with them. All you need to do is to install and register with “Give as you live” on your computer or tablet ready for when you make an online purchase and it won’t cost you anything.
If you shop at Amazon, why not use Amazon Smile and choose Ipswich Housing Action Group as your chosen charity. It is free and a portion of your purchase will be donated to IHAG.
You can also donate money through eBay by selecting IHAG as your favourite charity. Every time you sell something you can make a donation from 10% to 100%. eBay will give a free credit on their basic insertion fees and the final value fees equal to the percentage donated. So if you donate 50% of the selling price then eBay will not charge you 50% of the fees. Once the item is sold PayPal Giving will collect the money from you and pass the whole amount directly to us and collect Gift aid where applicable. You can also donate when you checkout using PayPal or make a cash donation on our eBay Profile page.
If your employer offers a payroll giving scheme you could choose IHAG to receive a regular donation from your salary. If your employer is not part of the scheme please talk to them about setting up their own payroll giving scheme through a payroll giving organisation..
Ipswich Building Society Partnership – Open a Mutual Advantage account
IHAG has partnered with Ipswich Building Society’s – Mutual House (on Princes Street) through their Mutual Advantage charity support scheme until July 2019. You can open an account at the branch and, while earning interest on your savings, in July 2018 & July 2019 Ipswich Building Society will donate 1% of the total average IHAG Mutual Advantage account balances to us. For more information including full terms & conditions visit the IBS website.
Volunteers at IHAG are essential to the effectiveness of our services. However, for us, Volunteers are considered unpaid employees and we expect their training, support and performance to be every bit as thorough as that of our paid staff. Indeed we like to treat Volunteers in the same way as paid staff albeit without a salary! It stands to reason that our clients should not have to receive a service that is in any way different or inferior merely because the person giving it is not paid.
As a Volunteer at IHAG, we promise to give you the same level of support, training and assessment as a paid member of staff and in return we expect the same level of commitment and professionalism. For most Volunteering roles we are in a position to pay childcare costs on top of normal travel expenses
We are always looking for people with the right aptitude (see the Briefing) to train up as Money Advisers; so we expect the minimum requirement is 2 days per week for a year and in exchange we will train you up within 3 months to deliver all aspects of money, debt and welfare benefits advice. We undertake to pay expenses including childcare whilst volunteering for us.
If, having read the Briefing, you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Money Adviser then contact us to find out more.
We are currently looking for volunteers to help us transfer our paper files onto our electronic filing system. This would involve scanning and saving confidential paperwork – full training will be provided but basic IT knowledge is required
If you are interested in this role please contact us to find out more.
We are always looking for volunteers to help in our kitchen or to run meaningful activities for our clients or to support our Assertive Street Outreach Worker. We undertake to pay any expenses including childcare whilst volunteering for us. If you would like to volunteer at the Centre please enquire at the Centre or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IHAG relies on its extensive network of contacts and supporters to help us in our work. Please let other people know about what we are doing by telling them to visit our website or to make contact direct.