Our position brings with it responsibility: investing our resources into the community is the right thing to do.
Much of our community outreach efforts concentrate on our own borough of Islington, which beneath an affluent façade has an often overlooked side. It has the fourth highest rate of child poverty in the country.
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.
‘I liked that we had to be creative to work within budgets. We all got on very well – in fact we won an award from Voluntary Action Islington as Employee Team of the Year.’
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.
Supporting employee giving
Our Employee Charity Committee raises tens of thousands of pounds each year for a charity voted-in by employees. Tapping into the generosity and competitiveness of colleagues, the committee organise fundraising events such as a quiz, baking competitions and physical challenges such as our ‘Bikeathon’. The charity selected for 2017/18 is Dementia UK.
We also support employee giving through a number of initiatives such as Payroll Giving. Our Funds for Fundraisers scheme provides matched funding 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.