Doing The Right Thing - our community programme
As a mutual organisation, we've always believed in helping our community. Following in the footsteps of our founder, Samuel Fox, we set up 'Doing The Right Thing' in 2011 to make a difference to local communities and help them become more prosperous and actively support the following:
We believe in helping people become more employable. So we support projects that provide proper job training and skills, access to relevant qualifications and help in finding jobs.
Financial education and literacy
We believe everyone should have financial security and a good education. So we support projects that help people to develop solid financial skills, manage their money effectively and avoid debt. We also support projects that improve education prospects for both children and adults, specifically in numeracy, giving them hope for the future.
We believe that everyone should have a roof over their head. So we support projects that reduce homelessness, support homeless people and help provide affordable, quality housing to vulnerable people.
Since launching our community programme in 2011, the total benefit to local communities is just under £1 million with almost £400,000 donated to local projects through grant awards, assisting over 10,000 people. We have fundraised more than £156,000 and gifted almost 5,000 hours in community volunteering. As 'Doing The Right Thing', we have also supported almost 1,500 students through the charity Young Enterprise and more than 600 seven and eight year olds have receive Money Academy sessions.
Supporting our local communities
Each year we work with a number of charities to help our local communities prosper. Our chosen partners are homelessness charity Framework and financial education charity Young Enterprise.
Since 2011 we have worked with Nottingham Community Foundation to find projects for our Grants for Good programme, helping to fund everything from food banks to emergency homelessness packs working with around 15 local and regional charities every year.
We also encourage our staff to fundraise and volunteer in their local communities and each year teams raise thousands of pounds and donate hundreds of hours to helping out with everything from reading to weeding. If you have a project related to our chosen charity partners that you would like some help with please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local branch.
Our former head office on Friar Lane in Nottingham was gifted in 2013 to charities Framework and Double Impact. They now offer an inner city housing crisis centre and the city's first non-alcoholic bar, SOBAR. The unique social enterprise was formally opening by 90s pop star Adamski in January 2014.
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