We believe it is important to use our skills to help communities to thrive and to make a valuable contribution to issues where there is most need in our local community.

Our office is in Islington, where we focus a lot of our support. The borough is often mistaken for an affluent area but, in reality, has the 4th highest level of child poverty in the country: 38% live below the poverty line.

We support a number of charities that are tackling the biggest social issues in Islington. These include a mentoring scheme for vulnerable children and projects to reduce social isolation in older people.

The CoRe programme




The CoRe programme, which we run with our client Macquarie, helps Islington charities become more sustainable. Teams of volunteers from both businesses work to tackle a charity’s key strategic issue over a period of six months.

Rebecca Newman, an associate, worked with the Stuart Low Trust (SLT), which supports people suffering from social isolation and mental distress. The volunteers were tasked with building a new website and improving the charity’s communications to help bring in more volunteer fundraisers.

Rebecca said: ‘Four of us worked together in the Macquarie building, liaising with Hannah Kalmanowitz, SLT’s chief executive.  The project called for some graphic design, which I love, so I was glad to offer that.  Hannah showed us the charity in action, too.  Seeing it first-hand just inspired you more.”

 

St Luke's Community Centre



 

We have partnered with St Luke’s Community Centre since 2008 and work closely with them to deliver projects tailored to the needs of the local community.

Our employees volunteer at the Centre in a number of ways.  They help older people to develop their computer literacy skills, work with the long-term unemployed with job applications and generously give their time and personal donations to create a very special Christmas Day for those who would otherwise spend it alone.

 

Firm Futures

 

Together with St Luke’s Community Centre and enterprise experts B Consultancy, we created Firm Futures to help people in Islington, who are not in permanent, full time employment, set up their own businesses. 67% of previous Firm Futures participants are still trading.

Through a series of monthly workshops, Firm Futures builds participants’ confidence and the skills needed to set up a business, as well as providing up to £2,000 to cover start-up costs, mentoring and a subsidised workspace.



 

The Margins Project

 

Our funding of the café training programme at The Margins Project in Islington provides an opportunity for people who have experienced homelessness and crisis to get back into work. Based at Union Chapel, the charity focuses on developing participants’ employability skills and helping them to gain a Level 2 Food Safety Award. They are then supported to find further paid work and training at the end of their placement.