For 45 years Switchboard has been providing vital services to the LGBTQ+ community in Brighton and beyond, but we need your help to secure our future.
In the spirit of the season of giving we are asking for your support to keep Switchboard Switched On by entering our festive raffle. This will help us to raise vital funds so we can continue to support those most vulnerable and isolated in our community.
£5 will buy you one raffle ticket. As well as making a real difference to the work we do with LGBTQ communities, the more you buy, the better your chances of winning. Prizes include hotel stays, luxury food hampers, restaurant meals and more.
Whilst 2020 marks our 45th anniversary, it has also been one of our most challenging years yet. Throughout the pandemic we have seen demand for our services increase, demonstrating that our services are more vital than ever, whilst our avenues for fundraising have been severely reduced.
We have worked hard during the pandemic to create new and innovative ways of ensuring we continue to provide our services to those who need them the most. Our team has conducted doorstop visits, organised socially distanced outdoor activities, supported countless callers to our helpline and hosted weekly virtual groups for people to connect and receive support online. This work has been a lifeline for many people in our community.
“This group, it’s been a proper life-saver for me. I have tried so much stuff and I just never fit in, never. Here I can just be myself and I do not have to keep explaining… I don’t know how I would have got through it without this group… Everyone is so kind and supportive and I love it.”
– LGBTQ Disability Group Member
On top of this, our biggest fundraising opportunity of the year, Brighton Pride, was not able to happen in the same way. This has had a huge impact on our finances as we are reliant on our fundraising income in order to provide our services. In order to continue our work and the vital services we provide we are relying on your support to keep Switchboard Switched On.
“I felt really suicidal when I came to the last group. I didn’t really care if I got knocked over by a bus. But somehow by the end of the session I felt better, and I even had a laugh about something. I’m glad you’re here, I know I will see a friendly face who I can talk to.”
– Older LGBTQ Project Group Member
In exchange for your support you will be entered into our raffle, and receive an invite to our virtual festive soiree where we will announce the winners.
£5 will buy you one raffle ticket. As well as making a real difference to the work we do with LGBTQ communities, the more you buy, the better your chances of winning one of the fantastic gifts kindly gifted to us by local businesses in Brighton and Hove.
By donating you could win:
• One nights stay and cocktails at boutique hotel Artist Residence Brighton
• Gin hamper and two premium VIP tickets to Sussex Gin Fest 2021 from 3eventsonline
• Food hamper, bottle of Prosecco and a £20 food voucher for Fatto a Mano
• Signed copy of ‘This Book Will Make You Kinder’, print and pair of enamel badges by artist and writer Henry Garett
• Fosse Meadow free range organic chicken from Barfield Butchers
• Vegan treat box from Cactus Kitchen Gals
• Portrait photo session by Nick Ford Photography
• Bottle of Brighton Gin from Brighton Gin Company
• Fruit hamper from Fiveways Fruits
• Ploughmans lunch from Gourmet Girls
• £20 gift voucher from Real Patisserie
If you have any dietary requirements which would affect the raffle prize you’d like to receive please let us know when you make your donation. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
The winners will be drawn at our virtual festive soiree on Thursday 17th December.
For terms and conditions and to enter the raffle please visit our Virgin Money Giving page.