Fundraising & Development Department

EACH AND EVERY PERSON HAS THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE AND IN TURN, MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR OWN!

Due to Covid-19 our events have had to be put on hold for now. But watch this space!

Helping to Raise Funds for

 Western Care Services & Supports! 


Fundraising Opportunities for You:

  • Annual Door to Door Collection – Become a Door to Door Collector or get involved with a local Voluntary Branch of Western Care.
  • Clothing Recycling: Clear out your wardrobe and take your unwanted clothes, household textiles like curtains, quilt covers, etc, to one of our recycling banks located throughout the county.
  • Mobile Phone Recycling:  drop in your old, unused mobile phone and charger to Western Care head office or centres located throughout the county.
  • Run a Table Quiz, in your local pub, hall, community, we can supply questions & materials, etc
  • Hold a Community BBQ, Music NightsKaraoke, Bowling, Race NightCard Game, etc
  • Organise a Charity Walk, Run, Cycle, etc
  • Join Lough Lannagh Fitness Centre, mention Western Care & get a Discount for You & for Us!
Participate in or Support:

  • Any of the events outlined in the calendar of events such as:
  • Marathons: Dublin City Marathon, London Marathon, Achill Half Marathon, Dingle Marathon, etc
  • Mini Marathons: West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon, Westaro (formerly Balla 10K), Flora Mini Marathon, etc
  • Challenges: Gael Force, Croagh Patrick Climb, Westport Golf Classics, Enniscrone Golf Competition, etc
  • Monster €10,000 Bingo: Come along and play in our Monster Bingo, supporting Western Care and be in with the chance to win some cash or a prize in the raffle!
Sponsor:

  • Any of the events outlined in the calendar of events
  • Prizes for Raffles & Events: gift vouchers, wine hampers, furniture, etc
  • Sponsor Green Fees or  Sponsor a Green or a Tee at one of our golf competitions, etc
  • Sponsor an Event: Candlelight Ball, Mini Marathon’s

Purchase Western Care Items:

  • Christmas Cards: available in various shops throughout the county or from our head office and centres (will be available to purchase online soon)
    Christmas Trees: available at the VTC, Castlebar Tel: 094 90 29161 (Beside Swimming Pool, back of Hospital entrance)

  • Western Care’s Book: “Celebrating 40 Years”
  • Moy Chocolates: beautiful assortment of handmade chocolates that can be bought all year round. Special Gift Boxes/Hampers, Easter, Christmas Treats, Wedding favours, also available. Located in Ballina Tel: 096-73393.
  • Carrowbeg Candles: colourful handmade candles of all shapes & sizes can be purchased all year round.  Special candles and arrangments can be made for Wedding Favours, Gifts, Hampers, Easter, Christmas, etc. Located in Westport Tel:098-26873.
  • Trolley Coin Key-rings: Both €2 & €1 trolley coins together on one key-ring suitable for use with shopping trolleys at Aldi, Lidl, Dunnes, Tesco, etc! Also ideal gifts!
  • Tickets: for Concerts, Fashions Shows, Candlelight Ball, Bingo, Spring & Summer Draws, for details of upcoming events see events calendar!

Donations: 
Once Off or Regular Donations can be made by any of the following options:

  • By Phone: contact the fundraising department on 094 90 29136/144
  • Online: Donations can be made safely and securely through iDonate
  • Directly to our Bank Account: Call in to any branch of Bank of Ireland and make a donation to Western Care’s Fundraising Bank Account.  You can nominate a particular service or centre to benefit, just ask the bank to note your comments which will appear on our statements. Contact the Fundraising Department for Details.
  • Set up a Standing Order Organise a Payroll Deduction through wages & salaries department at work, you decide on the amount.
  • Donations in lieu of Wedding Favours: Instead of giving wedding favours to their guests the Bride and Groom may make a charitable donation to Western Care Association. We will provide a suitable acknowledgement of this donation that can be placed on your guests’ tables on your Wedding Day.
  • Donations in lieu of Flowers: Many families now request donations to charity in lieu of funeral flowers. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to Western Care Association in this way. If you are asking for donations to Western Care Association in lieu of funeral flowers we can send you personalised envelopes which will allow those attending to discretely make their donation. If you would like some envelopes please contact the fundraising office. If you wish to make a donation in memory of a deceased relation or friend you can do so online through PayPal or via the mycharity website. Please include a contact name and address for the family of the deceased to enable us to notify them of your donation.
  • Charitable Bequests: Why not include a legacy or bequest to Western Care Association in your will? The bequest can be for a specific amount of money, a specific asset, a percent of the estate or the residuary estate and can be allocated to a specific Western Care service or Group Home.  Please contact your solicitor or the Fundraising department for further details.
  • Important Notice: Regarding all donations, please remember, you can nominate a specific centre, group home, service, to benefit from the proceeds. You may also qualify for Tax Relief. 

Fundraising Ideas for Schools:

  • Bag Packing Days: Get your school/class/year involved in a bag packing day in a local supermarket, Western Care can arrange and provide T-shirts and collection buckets, etc
  • Bounce-athon: Sign up to take part in our Annual Bounceathon which takes place in national schools across the county in May.
  • Mobile Phone Recycling: Host a recycling bin on your school premises and encourage, students, teachers, parents, friends to donate old unwanted mobile phones!
  • Cash for Clobber Recycling Scheme:  Earn cash for your school and for Western Care.  See website for further details. www.cashforclobber.ie
Fundraising Ideas for Companies/Clubs/Organisations:

    • Golf Classics: enter a team, sponsor a green or a tee or donate green fees as a prize, sponsor a prize for the winners or raffle, make a donation towards costs, sponsor t-shirts, caps, umbrellas, golf gear, etc – get your logo out there!
    • Christmas Cards: Purchase our Christmas Cards which can be reprinted to include company logo, details etc for you to send to your clients, associates, club members, etc
    • Donations: Once off donations may qualify for Tax Relief. Arrange staff payroll deductions, easy to set up through Wages & Salaries Dept or HR. Donations in lieu of Christmas Cards
    • Sponsor an Event: T-shirts for Mini Marathon, Golf Bags/Caps, Wine for the Candlelight Ball Fundraiser, financial donations.
    • Particpate in an Event: organise for a group to take part in any challenges, marathons or mini marathons outlined above.
    • Organise an Event: Charity Cycle, Swim, Card Game, Table Quiz, Bowling Night, BBQ, Golf Competition,Tea/Coffee Morning, etc
    • Purchase Tickets or Table at our: Candlelight Ball, Fashion Show’s, Spring & Summer Draws.
    • Support our local Businesses: Order a handmade Chocolate or Candle Hamper (Moy Chocolates (Ballina) & Carrowbeg Enterprises (Westport)

 

Contact Us: 

Please use the form to the right to contact us – Thank you! 

 

Commitment to Standards in Fundraising Practice

Western Care Association is fully committed to achieving the standards contained in the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, which have been developed by the Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR). We have formally discussed and adopted the statement at a meeting of our Board of Directors.

The statement exists to:

  • Improve fundraising practice.
  • Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations fundraising from the public.
  • Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organisations they support.

Western Care Association have considered the statement, and believe that we meet the standards it sets out.

Western Care Association’s report on our fundraising activities is available in our most recent Annual Report.

Western Care Association welcome feedback from the public on our performance in relation to our fundraising practice, as set out in our Feedback & Complaints statement.

For more information about ICTR’s Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, see the Fundraising Principles section of the ICTR website, www.ictr.ie/content/fundraising-codes-practice.

Contact Details

Tia Crowley,

Director of Finance & Corporate Services,

Western Care Association,

John Moore Road,

Castlebar,

Co Mayo

Telephone: 0949025133

Email: tcrowley@westerncare.com

Web: www.westerncare.com

Our offices are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Donor Charter

As a charity seeking donations from the public, Western Care Association is committed to and aims to comply with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. Our pledge is to treat all of our donors with respect, honesty and openness. We commit to being accountable and transparent so that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in Western Care Association. We commit that you under our Donor Charter will:

  • Beprovided with access to our most recent audited financial statements.
  • Be assured that information about your donation is handled with respect and confidentiality.
  • Be assured that donations will be acknowledged in an appropriate and timely fashion.
  • Be assured that donations will be used for the purposes for which they were given, and in the best interests of
    those to whom we provide supports and services.
  • Be informed of the identity of those sitting on Western Care Association’s Board of Directors, and that those Directors will exercise prudent judgement in their responsibilities.
  • Be provided with easy access to our procedure for giving feedback and making complaints in relation to
    donations and fundraising activities.

Feedback & Complaints in relation to Donations and Fundraising activities

Western Care Association is very grateful to the public and those that support us, financially and otherwise. We are committed to achieving the highest standards in fundraising practice, and we will listen and respond to the views of the public, members of the organisation and staff, and our supporters, so that we can continue to improve our practice. Western Care Association welcomes both positive and negative feedback in relation to our fundraising activities.

In relation to feedback and complaints, we aim to ensure that:

  • It is as easy as possible to give feedback or make a complaint.
  • We treat all complaints seriously.
  • We attend to feedback and complaints in a responsive and speedy manner.
  • We will respond with clear explanation, and any appropriate necessary action to deal with issues raised.

You can give feedback or make a complaint by:

  • By writing to Director of Finance & Corporate Services, Western Care Association, John Moore
    Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
  • By email to info@westerncare.com
  • By telephone to our offices at +353 (0)949025133

Complaints

In general, any person with an issue or concern around fundraising or donations should discuss this with the person they are dealing with in the organisation in the first instance. Most issues can be resolved informally in this way.

Where it is not possible or appropriate to deal with your issue in this way, you should set out your complaint, and refer it to the Director of Finance & Corporate Services, contact details above. The issue raised will be discussed with the relevant person dealing with this within Western Care Association, and following this a response will issue to you. This should be done within seven days in normal circumstances, and if further time is required to gather information to deal with the matter, this will be communicated to you.

If you are dissatisfied with the response you receive, and feel that your complaint has not been resolved satisfactorily, you can refer your complaint to Marian Murphy, Training & Development Manager, Western Care Association, John Moore Road, Castlebar, Co Mayo, mmurphy@westerncare.com, who will investigate your complaint fully and endeavour to resolve it. This process should normally be completed within 10 days.

Disclosure Statement

Western Care Association is open about whether those seeking donations on our behalf are volunteers or employees of Western Care Association. We do not use third party agents to fundraise on our behalf.

Anyone fundraising on behalf of Western Care Association must ensure that prospective donors are aware of their status, i.e. whether they are volunteers or employees of Western Care Association