10 Jul 2024

Future Faces launches applications for charity of the year 2024-25

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The Future Faces Chamber of Commerce has launched applications for their next charity of the year.

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on 31 July. Applicants will be shortlisted by the current Future Faces vice-presidents, Freya Dearman, Sarah Griffiths and Amy Jacklin, as well as Kasim Choudhry, president of Future Faces.

Following this, the shortlisted applicants will be given the opportunity to present to the committee on 20 August between 5:30pm and 7:30pm at 54 Hagley Road.

Applications can be filled in HERE.

For the last year, the Future Faces Chamber of Commerce has supported their current charity of the year, Birmingham Mind, through a wide variety of events, fundraisers and partnerships.

Birmingham Mind are one of the largest independent providers of mental health services in Birmingham and have been delivering support to people in the city for over 60 years.

All donations and fundraising Birmingham Mind receive stays here in Birmingham, which helps to support the services they offer to the people who are struggling with their mental health. These services include their 24/7 mental health helpline where they received over 5,500 contacts from 18–35-year-olds last year and their wellbeing hub at The Bullring.

Since September 2023, Future Faces has raised a total of £6,874.61 to support Birmingham Mind, through events such as the Mental Elf Run, charity quizzes, a fashion swap shop, Move More for March and many more.

Kerrie Henry-Edge, fundraising officer at Birmingham Mind, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with Birmingham Mind’s partnership with Future Faces. It’s been such an amazing opportunity to meet so many young professionals, talk to them about Birmingham Mind and the services they offer as well as having some really insightful conversations about mental health in the workplace. I was so pleased to be invited on the podcast to talk about it too. Of course, all of the fundraising events have been lots of fun, especially the most recent swap shop event which was a huge success.

“We are incredibly grateful for all the support Sophie and everyone involved at FF have shown us, thank you all. This fantastic amount raised will go a long way in helping us ensure everyone in Birmingham has somewhere to turn to for support and advice with their mental health. I will miss working with you all but wish you the best with your new charity partner.”

Sarah Griffiths, vice-president of Future Faces and head of the charity working group, said: “Working with Birmingham Mind this last year has been amazing. Kerrie Henry-Edge and the team gave us loads of ideas and brought so much energy and enthusiasm in support of our collaboration. We are hugely proud to have delivered what we have and know that the money we have raised has had and will have a really positive impact.

“Looking forwards, we now can't wait embark on a new journey with our new chosen charity of the year and build a partnership that will bring the same amount of positive impact and create lasting change."

Sophie Poduval-Morrell, manager of Future Faces, said: “Supporting Birmingham Mind over the last 12 months has been an honour and a whole lot of fun! Kerrie, Danny and the team have been amazing with supporting Future Faces. We’ve held some brilliant events, raised money to support the important work they do, but most importantly, I have learned so much from them and the team at Birmingham Mind, our mental health is so important, be kind to each other and be kind to yourself and when things get difficult, there are people out there who really do care and want to help. You’re never alone.”

The next Future Faces charity of the year will be invited to attend the GBYPY Awards 2024 shortlist BBQ on 11 September, as well as the awards themselves on 18 October.

Pictured (L-R): Kerrie Henry-Edge, Sarah Griffiths and Sophie Poduval-Morrell

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