The PGS continues to grow across the Church of England, with 30 member dioceses now registered with the Scheme. We extend a warm welcome in particular to those parishes joining us from our newest member dioceses: Leeds, York and Southwark.
Sammi Tooze, Generous Giving Adviser for the Diocese of York, says:
“We are so pleased to be launching PGS in the Diocese of York – we are discovering new and creative ways of engaging with regular givers in our churches during the impacts of COVID-19, and are finding a really positive energy for utilising the benefits PGS brings. As a diocese very new to PGS, we are looking forward to joining in more fully with the PGS family, and to seeing the fruitful impacts across our churches.”
This month, we processed just over 49,000 regular gifts to parishes through the PGS, with c. 55% of donors opting to increase their giving annually in line with inflation. We forwarded over £3.8 million in gifts alone to 2,884 parishes, with an additional £900,000 in Gift Aid reclaimed from HMRC.
The PGS office remains open for business and we are operating with a reduced staffing presence (based on a rota), in order to comply with government guidelines on social distancing.
We are continuing to receive and process new paper gift forms and to handle administrative queries from donors and parishes in the usual way; however, there may be occasional delays in our response times, due to the revised working arrangements.
We do appreciate your patience and support at this time.
Update on the telephone giving service
In April, we were delighted to announce the launch of our new telephone service – designed to enable prospective donors to set up a regular Direct Debit gift to their parish over the phone.
The service has certainly proved popular – with over 700 donors signing up during the first month!
Praise for the new service:
“I found signing up for Parish Giving Scheme over the phone to be extremely easy and efficient. The call lasted ten minutes and the call handler was very polite. I would recommend this to anyone considering signing up to PGS.”
Annie Stanford, Treasurer, Holy Trinity Old Hill
“Signing up to the PGS by phone could not have been easier. It was quicker than filling out forms and, during the CoVid-19 lockdown, means my church still gets my regular gift.”
“I found the ease of using the new telephone service very satisfactory. The whole process was efficient and only took 15 minutes. The staff were very helpful and I would thoroughly recommend this service.”
Dr Simon Thorp, Eastbourne St Saviour