VOTE NOW TO BOOST THE BEFRIENDING SCHEME'S CHANCE OF WINNING A SHARE OF £ 1MILLION FUND!

The befriending scheme (TBS) is on the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ “Building futures” £1million fund, to go towards our Friends Community Farm Hub. However, in order to win, we need your online votes!

Persimmon Homes Eastern region is backing TBS to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 and £20,000 will be made to those who gain the most online votes.

The befriending scheme’s CEO, Shirley Moore, stated “It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night.”

“For 30 years, our registered charity has offered befriending services, friendship and learning opportunities to vulnerable and isolated children, adults and families in Suffolk, including those with mental health needs and learning disabilities. Our new venture is a Community Care Farm in Sudbury that will provide a safe outdoor environment with learning and friendship opportunities, including a Forest School programme. Our hope is to make our Farm and buildings completely accessible welcoming and friendly. This Funding would be an enormous boost. It would enable us to reach even more vulnerable people, allowing us to provide valuable ‘independent living skill’s’ education in a ‘family inclusive’ environment.”
— Shirley Moore, CEO of The Befriending scheme
 
 
Meet Fudge, one of our beautiful bunnies at  Friends Community Farm .

Meet Fudge, one of our beautiful bunnies at Friends Community Farm.

If you visit the farm you may also come across this little pup, Oscar!

If you visit the farm you may also come across this little pup, Oscar!

Your votes could help us gain the funds to provide a friendly, welcoming environment at the farm. We hope that vulnerable people will feel comfortable and relaxed whilst visiting our lovely animals, such as Percy and Pedro, our Angora Goats!

Your votes could help us gain the funds to provide a friendly, welcoming environment at the farm. We hope that vulnerable people will feel comfortable and relaxed whilst visiting our lovely animals, such as Percy and Pedro, our Angora Goats!

Voting could not be more simple; just log on to the voting page and select The befriending Scheme to vote for us! We would really appreciate everyone’s support.

‘Building Futures’ is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £620,000 to support children’s sport. Through ‘Building Futures’ - across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office - a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting Sport, Education & Arts and Health.