12 months ago we started operating Given Freely Freely Given in pandemic mode. At first 97% of people came from the local area. We now find that 25% of people come from the wider Doncaster area. This is because we offer a an entry point to help without evidence of need. Our experience is that this is not abused but in fact welcomed by many agencies in Doncaster who know that they can immediately bring clients to us directly while more long-term support is established. Also many individuals come until universal credit is is awarded and eventually arrives.
As as we approach another phase of our development we are looking for Partners to offer us long-term support.
This is set up by the Church of England who will automatically reclaim Gift Aid for us free. The Account is called BLW Youth & Community Fund. BLW stands for Balby, Loversall & Wadworth because although based at Balby all three churches are involved with running Given Freely Freely Given. Also when not in a pandemic the project includes our free youth club on a Friday, hence youth is in the name. This helps us when we are applying for grants.
Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis by Direct Debit. Even though the donations are made to the PGS, donations are restricted to our community work and cannot be used elsewhere.
The donation will be passed back to us by 10th of the month. Gift Aid will be sent separately once PGS has received it from HMRC.