We believe it is important to help communities to thrive and to make a valuable contribution to issues where there is most need.
Connected to our community
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.” 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.
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. INTERNEWS In 2019 we have begun a partnership with Internews, a charity that works to improve communication flows between humanitarian organisations, local media and the people affected by natural and man-made crises. Through funding and pro bono support, we are proud to support their humanitarian crisis work.
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. 85% are trading or close to trading within 24 months of starting the programme. 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. SUPPORTING EMPLOYEE GIVING We support employee giving through a number of initiatives such as Payroll Giving. Our Funds for Fundraisers scheme provides matched funding for to employees who fundraise in their own time for charities and schools. Future trainees are also welcome to apply for this scheme.
We are unable to accept unsolicited funding applications from schools, charities or individuals.