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 deliver together with Macquarie Group and the BIG Alliance, helps Islington charities become more sustainable. Teams of volunteers from both businesses come together to work on high level, strategic projects for local charities over a period of six months. In 2020, we saw more achieved by the teams than at any other time in the scheme’s 12 year history. Nine charities and 51 volunteers participated in the programme, resulting in 2,250 volunteer hours and £100,000+ leveraged in other support for the participating charities. 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.
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. Local partnerships In 2021, we commenced partnerships with three local not for profit organisations as part of our community programme. They include Beam, who support homeless people to build their network and crowdfund their way into long term employment; Talk for Health, a social enterprise that teaches people an evidence-based method for therapeutic talking; and Bags of Taste, who work with people in food poverty, helping them to achieve an improved and healthier diet on a low budget.
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.