Our Gold membership is our membership for those who want to be more proactive, more informed and benefit from more of our expertise. Its ‘all included’ features are designed to make sure your membership is a great success. Use our Gold Membership to successfully find your soul mate or single Christian partner.
Our ‘all included’ benefits of Gold Membership include:
- A handcrafted pen portrait of you (your profile)
- Professional photo shoot
- Enhanced profile written for you following telephone interview
- Four photographs included in your profile
- 3 methods for others to contact you (phone, email, letter)
- A friends1st personalised email address
- Video profile of you viewable only by members
- 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
- Unlimited events
- 30 minute dedicated 1:1 with our dating expert
- Letter/communication/photo critique
- Membership review after six months
- The Finding Someone Special’ Toolkit
With our Gold membership, we will hand craft your profile (from the information you give us on your application form) and include four photographs on it. We recommend one recent head and shoulders one of you and then another three illustrating things you enjoy doing in your life. We will offer you an (optional) complimentary photo shoot with a professional photographer in your local vicinity. This ensures you will 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 provided by us) and telephone number. It is totally your choice.
The friendsfirst personalised email address is an email address that we assign and set up for 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 a really good thing and something we strongly recommend.
Once we have received your application form, we will arrange a 30 minute telephone interview with you to delve into the information you have given us on your profile form 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 will be amazed at the difference we make and how, with a really interesting profile, you will find contact from others and to others, easier and more interesting.
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. You will always know who has had your profile.
Seeing someone’s profile in print is one thing – but the truth is that most of us can’t be summed up in a few short lines of text (or even a tome!). And that is why we offer members the opportunity to record a video of themselves – and this comes as standard with our Gold Membership (optional of course). With this video profile service you will have a short video of yourself recorded which other members will then be able to access (through the members only section of our website) when they receive your unique video code on your profile. Your video profile allows you to get a true essence of yourself over to other members. This is what one member had to say of it. “I was contacted by a member who was sent my profile and he said he’d seen my video profile and ‘had to contact me’! So we met up last Friday and got on well so we will probably meet up again. I feel doing the video profile is well worth doing.” Your video is totally secure and can only be accessed by people who receive your profile details through the post. Your video profile is not accessible in any other way. Of course you’ll also have access to view other members’ video profiles as well.
Before your Gold membership starts, along with your own profile to review, you will 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.
Our Gold membership includes unlimed places at our events. These events are a great way to meet others informally and they give you a great opportunity to make new friends.
During your membership we will 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 will 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 our Gold membership is to have any piece of communication you intend to send to another member, professionally critiqued by Katharine Gray – our Director who has 20 years of experience helping people make friends and long term relationships successfully. She will 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.
All our memberships last for a minimum of one year. However with the Gold membership, after six months we will do a special membership review telephone ‘meeting’ with you. This ‘meeting’ aims to check your profile is working for you – and if it isn’t to update it accordingly. We will also be finding out whether you are making lots of contacts with others – and the right sort of contacts, and getting out to meet other members. If your membership is not producing the results you want or hoped for it, we want to know why and we will do whatever we can to fix it – so that the next six months go even better.
Finally as your membership commences you will also receive our ‘Finding Someone Special’ Toolkit. After 14 years of experience guiding, coaching and teaching members how be successful in finding their soul mate, Katharine put all her learning, experience and wisdom together to form the ‘Finding Someone Special’ Toolkit– a comprehensive guide to the art (and science) of making new contacts and ultimately finding a soul mate with whom you can live happily ever after with, whatever your age, marital history or background. It includes a monster-sized wealth of essential learning and practical tool kit that you can apply to yourself, your life and your current situation; all tried, tested and ready to put to work to ensure you are successful in YOUR life finding the happiness YOU deserve. Click here: Finding Someone Special for more information on what an amazing inclusive feature of membership this is.
So hopefully you can see what a wealth of included benefits the Gold Membership offers you. Take up everything we offer you in the Gold Membership and you will be hard pressed NOT to have a really successful membership – i.e one that gets you meeting lots and lots of like minded single Christians (provided to you both by us – but using other avenues we suggest as well) and hopefully find that special someone that is just right for you. That is our aim and intention for you with this membership. We do have some other things on offer which are not included in this membership and to read about them click here.