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Every year the AVIVA Community Fund gives the public an opportunity to vote for their favourite charity project. Last year, our supporters helped us to fund our ‘Suicide Safer Communities Volunteer Project’, casting over 12,000 votes! This vital funding meant that we could train over 70 community volunteers in suicide first-aid and deliver suicide prevention activities across the UK.
This year, we’re going for the AVIVA Community Grant for a second year running. We are through to the next stage – but once again, we need YOUR VOTES to become finalists!
Why this funding matters
Our helpline, HOPELineUK, was set up to support parents who were concerned their child may be having thoughts of suicide. Now HOPELineUK responds to young people with thoughts of suicide as well as many who have concerns about young people at risk. Staffed by professionals trained in suicide prevention skills, our Suicide Prevention Advisors provide non-judgemental help and advice, working with children and young people to help them stay safe from suicide. As well as being a lifeline for under 35 year olds, HOPELineUK also provides practical advice and support to any person who is concerned about a child or young person – this includes parents, carers, friends, as well as professionals including GPs, teachers and counsellors.
If funded by AVIVA, our project will extend the reach of HOPELineUK. Demand is high – we received over 17,000 more contacts in 2016 to the year before. A large volume of voicemails, texts and emails are received when the helpline is closed. Although all of these are answered, our Advisors are only able to respond during opening hours. Your votes will help us to extend our opening hours, meaning that we can employ another part-time Suicide Prevention Advisor and run a pilot project to keep the helpline open longer. With your help, we can save more young lives and prevent further families having to experience the unimaginable pain of losing a young person to suicide.
AVIVA finalists will be selected by a public vote – which is where we need your help! Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the AVIVA Community Fund website can cast up to ten votes between Tuesday 24 October and Tuesday 21 November.
Every vote counts!! Vote now to make this project a reality! You can cast up to ten votes for our project.
A step by step guide on how to vote:
1) Click 'register' on the website
2) Register your email with your name and a password
3) You should receive an email with a confirmation link
4) Once you have received this email, click on the link and it will take you to the AVIVA page
5) Search for PAPYRUS and it should take you to our page where you can vote.
Last year we secured over 12,000 votes – but we’ll need more this year. Please help us rack up more votes by sharing online with your friends, family and colleagues.