Our Platinum membership is our top level membership for those who want to be really proactive and benefit from our tried and tested support and advice that has proved to make so many members successful in finding their soul mates. It’s the very best way to meet single Christian woman or men.
Our Platinum membership ‘all included’ benefits are designed to make sure your membership is a great success. These include:
- Face to face interview* – membership set up and coaching
- A handcrafted pen portrait of you (your profile)
- Professional photo shoot
- Enhanced profile written for you following specific telephone interview
- Six 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
- Regular support by telephone
- Specific dating book relevant to your marital status
- Members’ exclusive magazine – Cloud9
- Members profiles sent to you every month
- Unlimited events
- 60 minute dedicated dating coaching call 1:1 with our dating expert
- Regular motivational email
- Letter/communication/photo critique
- Video profile of you view-able only by members
- Access to view other members’ video profiles
- ‘Finding Someone Special’ Toolkit
- ‘Open to God’ prayer resource
- Membership review after 6 months
- Dedicated page featuring you in our members only magazine Cloud9
Our Platinum membership is a rather different level of membership. There are so many things included because people who choose this membership are the sort of people who recognise that dating is not simply a matter of joining a site/organisation – but rather something in life that needs serious effort. They recognise that finding a partner is a goal worth ‘fighting’ for (or rather doing everything possible to make it happen). If you are in this boat we understand that you want to make sure you are properly equipped, have the right attitude and skills, and can take advantage of everything an agency like ours offers to help you be successful with your membership.
In light of this we offer a face to face membership set up and coaching meeting. *If you live within 100 miles of Stratford upon Avon this will be done face to face with you. If you live further away then we offer this meeting either face to face if you are happy to meet us somewhere conviennent to us both, or alternatively we can do it by skype call. (And of course that is an option for you wherever you live!) It is a chance to get to know you, make sure your profile put the uniqueness of you across, and it is also an opportunity for us to set you off n your dating journey with the right tools and mindset to make your membership successful.
We will hand craft your profile (from the information you give us on your application form and from our face to face meeting with you or the specific telephone interview we give you for this purpose) and include six photographs on it. We will organise who your professional photographer will be for your (optional) complimentary photo shoot (it will be someone in your local vicinity) to ensure that the photos on your profile are really fabulous ones of you. Dont worry if you don’t like the idea of this – the truth is that a professional photoshoot is a fun thing to have done (however much you hate having your photo taken!) Of course if you don’t want a professional photoshoot you are welcome to provide your own pictures – and you can of course have a combination of both. Either way we recommend one recent head and shoulders one of you and then others which illustrate the things you enjoy doing in your life.
Your profile will include a box number (for people to write to you – through us – so that your personal address is never displayed) and then the option to include either your own email address (or more preferably a friendsfirst personalised email address) and your telephone number/s. What contact details you make available are totally your choice.
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 will be sent your Welcome Pack (which includes a wealth of advice on your membership) and 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.
You will also receive two other very important resources. The ‘Finding Someone Special’ Toolkit and our ‘Open to God’ prayer resource. These are weighty tomes which you probably will not be able to consume in one go (though a few people do) and will rather want to take your time over and refer back to time and time again. Read on for more information about both of these resources.
The ‘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.
The ‘Open to God’ prayer resource (subtitled ‘Deepening your faith while looking for love’) is completely different. Written by an amazing woman of God Sheila Jacobs, we call it “The most important resource that committed Christians looking for love should possess”. It is a resource that facilites your prayer by using specific relevant Bible passages to help you hear from God about your particular situation and your dating journey. However much you pray already, and study the Bible, this resource will be completely different to anything you have experienced before. It uses an ancient prayer technique called Lectio Divina to help you hear and listen to God and it is very powerful. The resource contains 18 sections of written material individually produced both in magazine format AND as audio recordings. In each part of the materials there is an overview and food for thought on the topic, Bible passages to reflect on (using Lectio Divina) suggested prayers and, in the written format, space for your personal notes, and reproductions of Biblical paintings to aid reflections. The ‘OpentoGod’ resource will be read, studied, listened to and used again and again as your life changes and progresses.
Once you’re happy with your profile, and it has been authorized for publication, it will be sent to the members in your specified age criteria every month. In turn you will receive members profiles every month. You will always know who has had your profile.
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 have introduced you to. You will 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. In addition to our regular telephone calls to you, you have a 60 minute dedicated coaching call with one of our dating experts. This is not a membership call – it is rather a call to discuss you and your dating journey to date – any blockages you may be facing – any past issues that we can help resolving – and a chance to set goals for your future.
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.
This membership includes unlimited places at our events – these are a chance for you to join other members for a delicious lunch or dinner or other social event and to enjoy heart encouraging chat. They are a great way to meet people informally – and you never know you may meet your soul mate unexpectedly. You’ll certainly make new friends that’s for sure.
As you start to contact people you will want to know that your communications to them are the best they can be. That is why we offer a communication critique. 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 simply 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 you can have your photos critiqued. We will find out if they are doing you the justice you deserve and whether they are making your profile stand out and appeal to others.
With our regular motivational emails we’ll make sure you stay 100% focused on the goal you are 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 you will be kept energised and focused as they all aim to give you great ideas, pauses for thought and plenty to keep you motivated.
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!). That is why we have designed a way for members to view video profiles of each other. This is another great feature of the Platinum membership. With our video profile service you will have a short recorded video of yourself which other members will be able to access (through 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.
All our memberships last for a minimum of one year. However with the Platinum 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 is not, to update it accordingly. We will also be finding out whether you are making lots of contacts with others – the right sort of contacts, and whether you are 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 at any point during your membership you can ask (if we haven’t already asked you first) to have your own dedicated page in our Cloud9 magazine. This page will consist of the best picture we have of you and a slightly different extended profile description of you. The benefit of this page is that the magazine goes out to every single member – with no age restrictions. So if there is any chance that some members might not have had your details (for example if they are younger or older than your age criteria) and yet would be perfectly suitable for you, then they will see your details by your profile being in Cloud9. It extends your reach to our whole membership and that is always good.
If you have got this far in reading what is entailed in our Platinum membership well done – you are obviously truly committed to finding out what is best for you – and probably to making your future the best it can be. If you would like to discuss the membership in more detail, don’t hesisate to give us a ring on 0121 405 0675 – we will be delighted to talk to you.