With 2020 drawing to a close, we would like to take an opportunity to reflect on a real rollercoaster of a year and to recognise that although we have been challenged as never before, we are still far more fortunate than other segments of society, which continue to struggle into 2021 hoping for better days and months. The impacts of COVID continue to bring emotional and financial challenge. We cannot escape the effect the pandemic has had on us and the communities we are part of, but we can collectively make a difference for those less fortunate at a time of year when support and wellbeing should come ever more into our collective consciousness.

We will be launching a focused three-week charity initiative in the run up to Christmas for a local Manchester charity, Barnabus which is now entering its 30th year of helping those who sleep rough on the streets of Manchester.

A vital part of Barnabus’ work is monitoring and supporting the Manchester homeless community throughout winter. Due to the pandemic, many charities have seen their funding decrease this year, due to minimal fundraising opportunities. Barnabus is no different. It is in critical need of donations and essential items in order to continue feeding and supporting the local Manchester communities during the winter months.

All proceeds raised going to buy supplies to keep people warm, dry and safe. We will also be setting up a foodbank within the Manchester office and would like to invite our colleagues to donate items most at need.

The conclusion of our fundraising efforts this year will be on Thursday 17th December at our Winter Conference with our Christmas Jumper celebration. As part of Informed tradition, we will ask for a donation for this ritual celebration/humiliation 😊 #freemyinnersanta. Think tacky, bright and over the top!

Sophie Morgan