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Cogwheel is a small charity providing invaluable counselling in the capacity of preventative mental health support to the people of Cambridgeshire. The budget cuts amongst local authorities have meant that the demand for our service remains high.

Cogwheel is grateful to all those organisations and individuals that support our work financially. Thanks to your generosity we have been able to sustain our services over the last 32 years.

We’re working to make sure nobody has to face a mental health problem alone. People need our support more than ever, and demand for our services is growing.

Your donation will help us provide an essential service to the people of Cambridgeshire

You can support our work making a one off or regular donation with Virgin Money Giving, or creating your own fundraising page with Facebook (e.g. some of our supporters have created a ‘birthday fundraiser’, etc.).

ü You can support Cogwheel making a one off or regular donation with just one click here.

ü You can also create your own fundraising page, joining in a big event, doing your own thing or celebrating something special.

ü Technology is bringing people together in ways that would have been unimaginable a few years ago, and now you can hold all sorts of fundraising events from your home. You can de-clutter your home and donate your unwanted items via Ziffit -a free web service that instantly values your books, games, DVDs, and CDs and lets you generate cash- which can be donated directly to your fundraising page. So clear out your bookshelves and cupboards and easily turn your unwanted items into cash which can be donated directly to your fundraising page!

ü For more ideas on how to support Cogwheel Virgin Money Giving page visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ and navigate through the ‘Make a donation’ and ‘Start a fundraising’ sections.

Steps to create your own fundraiser for THE COGWHEEL TRUST CIO in Facebook:

üPlease visit https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/

üSelect The Cogwheel Trust CIO

üCreate your fundraiser page

üIdeas for what write/ how to invite your family/ friends/contacts to donate to your cause:

        1. This year for my/our ‘birthday/wedding anniversary’ we are asking for donations to THE COGWHEEL TRUST CIO, an amazing charity that provides counselling and psychotherapy services in Cambridgeshire, including a substantial proportion of subsidised places for individuals and families on low income or living on benefits.  Here in the UK 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health problems in the course of a year, the most common disorder being mixed anxiety and depression. Early counselling intervention is an effective solution and prevents more complex health and social needs from developing. Through counselling a person can talk about difficult thoughts, feelings, behaviour and situations. Counselling can enable positive changes to take place leading to a healthier, happier and more hopeful outlook. This is why I’m/we’re asking for donations to Cogwheel and I/we hope that you’ll consider contributing as a way of celebrating with me/us. Every little bit will help me/us reach my/our goal.Thank you!
        2. This year for my/our ‘birthday/wedding anniversary’ we are asking for donations to THE COGWHEEL TRUST CIO, an amazing charity that provides counselling and psychotherapy services in Cambridgeshire, including a substantial proportion of subsidised places for individuals and families on low income or living on benefits.  Budget restraints in the NHS and amongst local authorities limit the mental wellbeing services they can provide, and have meant that the demand for Cogwheel’s services remains high.  Cogwheel is . Through 2018 they were contacted by over 600 people and provided 4691 assessments and sessions for adults, 41 for children and 20 for families. 30% of people came on the recommendation of their GP, yet they receive no funding from the NHS. In addition, a total of 19 different mental health support services recommended Cogwheel to people. These ranged from the 111 Helpline to specialist services like Petals and Choices.  21% percent of people came on the recommendation of these services. This shows how important Cogwheel’s work is in Cambridgeshire. This is why I’m/we’re asking for donations to Cogwheel and I/we hope that you’ll consider contributing as a way of celebrating with me/us. To learn more about the Cogwheel Trust visit https://www.cogwheel.org.uk/

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üGet donations for Cogwheel.
People can donate to your fundraiser in just a few clicks without leaving Facebook. The charity will receive donations directly from Facebook, from Network for Good or from PayPal Giving Fund. Facebook does not charge fees for donations made to charities.

üAre my donations eligible for Gift Aid?
If you are a UK taxpayer donating to a charity registered in the UK, your donation could be eligible for Gift Aid.

Support our work when you shop online

You can support our work when you shop online using Easyfundraising and Amazon Smile UK.

ü Easyfundraising is a charity shopping fundraising site. You can choose to support Cogwheel then join for free, visit any of the over 4000 retailers, then shop online as normal and raise money simply by shopping online. This is an easy and completely FREE way to raise money for us at no extra cost to yourself!

ü You can copy and paste our unique charity link in your browser or access our webpage directly with one click: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/cogwheel/

ü To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.co.uk from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

ü Please don’t forget to use our unique charity link. This will enable you to select Cogwheel on smile.amazon.co.uk with just one click: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1157141-0.

ü You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.co.uk to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations to charities by Amazon. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for smile.amazon.co.uk donation” on their product detail pages.

How do people find us?

We have no need to advertise our service and many of our clients come to us through word of mouth. 30% of people came on the recommendation of their GP, yet we receive no funding from the NHS. In addition, a total of 19 different mental health support services recommended Cogwheel to people. These ranged from the 111 Helpline to specialist services like Petals and Choices. 21% percent of people came on the recommendation of these services.

Through 2018 we were contacted by over 600 people and provided 4691 assessments and sessions for adults, 41 for children and 20 for families. These numbers for adults and children are very similar to the previous year. The work we do with children is also increasing and we have have been working on the referral process to reduce waiting times and to make sure that the service is appropriate to the level of need.

Looking forward to 2020/21, we anticipate an increase in demand for counselling as budget restraints in the NHS limit the mental wellbeing services that it can provide.

What are our challenges?

Our waiting lists are currently longer than we would like and our children’s work is heavily over-subscribed. More support will enable us to employ more counsellors so that we can reduce the time people must wait before they are seen, and expand our valued children’s service.

To be able to do this Cogwheel need funds to subsidise the cost of our services.

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What could your donation do?

  • £5 could help us to provide a listening ear on the phone.
  • £25 could subsidise an initial assessment session.
  • £50 could subsidise two play sessions for a child in distress.
  • £100 could provide 4 weeks’ clinical supervision for 3 counsellors.
  • £250 could subsidise 10 weekly sessions for a depressed person on benefits.
  • £375 could subsidise 15 sessions for a financially disadvantaged couple who are struggling in their relationship.
  • £500 could give someone a safe place to address long-standing issues with 5 months of counselling.
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How we raise and spend our money

We have a broad range of income streams so we’re not reliant on one source of funding. This is very important to us as it means we can remain entirely independent. Cogwheel continues to operate as a charity, with about 53% of our funding requirement being provided by donations from our clients. The challenge to Cogwheel is to raise the balance, 27% each year.

We’re very grateful to everyone who supports us financially.

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Gift Aid

We receive regular donations from local individuals many of whom decide to donate using Gift Aid. Donating through Gift Aid means charities can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra.

What you need to do:

ü You need to make a Gift Aid declaration for the charity to claim. You usually do this by filling in a form – contact the charity if you have not got one. Email communityfundraiser@cogwheel.org.uk.

ü You must give a declaration to each charity you want to donate to through Gift Aid.

ü You can include all donations from the last 4 years. Tell the charity about any tax years where you did not pay enough tax.

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Donations

ü We also receive donations from local churches, businesses and colleges.

ü Donations are sometimes done for specific purposes: refurnishing of counselling rooms; sponsoring events, etc.

ü There are so many different ways you can make a difference. Contact our Fundraiser Jane and have a chat about it . Email communityfundraiser@cogwheel.org.uk.

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Grants

Each year a number of grant making trusts support our work and we also provide some counselling services on behalf of the local education authority and city and county councils.

Volunteering

We are very grateful to everybody who supports Cogwheel by volunteering as counsellors, trustees, fundraisers, user group members, or by providing admin and IT support. We are able to continue playing a vital role in providing advice, support and a listening ear when people need it most because of the amazing support of people like you.

ü Volunteering can be a really rewarding and useful experience. You can get involved by joining in one of our upcoming fundraising events (setting up, marshalling, etc.), holding an event of your own, creating your own online fundraiser, making a donation, or becoming a Cogwheel Ambassador.

ü Get in touch with our Fundraiser Jane at communityfundraiser@cogwheel.org.uk

ü We are currently looking for volunteer counsellors and Trustees. If you would like to get involved please do contact us at admin@cogwheel.org.uk

We would love you to support us!

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