Community

We have over 800 people working for us across the country. By using their enthusiasm, energy and ideas, we’ve made a real impact on the communities we work within.

We work with local community groups to develop structured volunteer programmes such as early years reading schemes. We are also actively involved with a number of Community Foundations through their Grassroots Challenge Schemes. In 2009 we committed £25,000 which has been match funded by Government to enable the Community Foundations to deliver support to a range of local groups. We made our first grants from the Grassroots Challenge Schemes in 2011.

Our larger offices also take part in 'Charity of the Year' programmes. Staff select a local charity which becomes the focus for volunteering and fundraising for 12 months. In 2015, we will be working with Maggie’s Wallace, Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services and the Anthony Nolan Trust.

Each office also has its own community projects. To encourage our staff to get involved, we operate a Give A Day scheme. If our people want to support a project, we don’t make them take the time off as holiday or make up the time. We give it to them. And here’s a brief overview of some of the projects we've worked on:

  • Mentoring black and ethnic minority students in schools and universities in London and Birmingham
  • We worked with Wellchild to provide a bedroom makeover for Adam who suffers from Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy and has to spend most of his time in bed. We also decorated a charity shop for the Big C
  • Taking part in the Big Toy Count for Romsey Mill
  • Exercising our green fingers to provide some TLC to the Age UK day centre garden in Norwich.
  • Donating suits to homeless people seeking jobs in Birmingham and Manchester