Our Gold membership is our membership for those who want to be more proactive and benefit from more of our inclusive service. Its ‘all included’ features are designed to make sure your membership is a great success. These include:
- A handcrafted pen portrait of you (your profile)
- Professional photo shoot
- Enhanced profile written for you following telephone interview
- Three photographs included in your profile
- 3 methods for others to contact you (phone, email, letter)
- A friends1st personalised email address
- Complimentary copy of the ‘Top Tips’ book
- Your profile circulated to members every month
- Personal support by telephone
- Specific dating book relevant to your marital status
- Members’ exclusive magazine
- Members profiles sent to you every other month
- Club dining x 6
- 20 minute dedicated 1:1 with our dating expert
- Letter/communication/photo critique
With this membership, we’ll hand craft your profile (from the information you give us on your application form) and include three photographs on it. We’d recommend one recent head and shoulders one of you and then another two illustrating things you enjoy doing in your life. We’ll offer you an (optional) complimentary photo shoot with a professional photographer in your local vicinity. This ensures you’ll have fabulous photos on your profile – and what’s more it’s a fun thing to have done (however much you hate having your photo taken!)Your profile will include a box number (for people to write to you – through us – so that your personal address is never displayed) and the option to include either your own email address (or more preferably a friendsfirst personalised email address) and telephone number. It’s totally your choice.
Once we’ve received your application form, we’ll arrange a 30 minute telephone interview with you to delve into the information you’ve given us in more detail – so that we can really make sure your profile puts the unique you across in the best possible way and that it stands out from the crowd. You’ll be amazed at the difference we make and how, with a really interesting profile, you’ll find contact from others and to others, easier and more interesting.
The friendsfirst personalised email address is an email address that we assign you – it is normally your profile name and number @friends1st.co.uk e.g Dave1234@friends1st.co.uk. Our servers use a clever system of rerouting all emails sent to this address to your personal email address e.g DaveSmith@hotmail.com. The benefits of this are that you can include an email address on your profile – with email being received straight to your normal account – but without your personal email address being made public. We are very ‘hot’ on security and if your own email address includes your surname, then having a friendsfirst email address is particularly recommended.
Before your membership starts, along with your own profile to review, you’ll be sent our ‘Top Tips for making friends and having successful relationships’ book, and a further book relevant to your marital status. This will be either ‘How to be the One’; Risking Romance Again – Dating after Divorce’ or ‘Looking for love the second time round – A guide for widows and widowers’. All fabulous material to get you started on your journey on the right foot, in the right frame of mind, and giving you all the tools and advice you need to make your membership a success – i.e helping you find that special person.
Once you’re happy with your profile, and it’s been authorized for publication, it will be sent to the members in your specified age criteria every month. In turn you’ll receive members profiles every other month starting immediately. You’ll always know who has had your profile. Membership is for a minimum period of 12 months.
Our Gold membership includes 6 (booking fee only) places at our dining events – these take place monthly and will either be lunchtime or evening events. It’s a chance for you to join the team for a delicious lunch or dinner and some heart encouraging chat, whether it’s picking our brains or getting our help. Of course it’ll also give you a chance to meet other members.
During your membership we’ll be available to you by telephone to make sure everything is going as it should – we may even give you a ‘kick up the backside’ if necessary to help you be proactive – just making sure you are getting out and about and meeting all the people we’ve introduced you to. You’ll have access to us whenever you need it – so if you ever have a question, query or just want to discuss something, you can be sure that we’ll be here to help.
On a bi monthly basis you’ll receive our members only newsletter Cloudnine through the post. Like everything else we send you, no-one but you will know what it is – and we’ve designed it in such a way so that you should you leave it lying around the house, family or friends won’t know you’re a part of friends1st because of it.
Also included in this membership is to have any piece of communication you intend to send to another member, professionally critiqued by Katharine Gray – our Director who has 14 years of experience helping people make friends and long term relationships successfully. She’ll tell you what’s good, bad or downright ugly about your letter or email and help you get it right – making it more interesting, making sure you create a fabulous first impression and get the results you want. Alternatively have your photos critiqued – are they doing you the justice you deserve and are they making your profile stand out and appealing to others?
With our regular motivational email we’ll make sure you stay 100% focused on the goal you’re looking to reach. We aim not to let you get side tracked or disheartened if you don’t find Mr or Miss Right on Day 1. With our bi weekly email dropping into your inbox they’ll keep you energised and focused, giving you great idea’s, pauses for thought and plenty to keep you motivated.
Any member who’s got a video profile of themselves will have a unique video code on their profile which members receive as part of their profile mailing. Put this unique code into the members’ only section of our website and you’ll be able to watch that members’ video.