Doing Good Together – Our community programme
As a mutual organisation, we’ve always believed in helping our community and in 2011 we launched Doing good Together, a community programme, that allows The Nottingham to join in and help support the valuable work being done in our community.
Just like our original founders back in 1849, our desire is to truly make a difference, helping people thrive and become more prosperous. We support education, housing, employability and financial capability.
We focus on supporting people, good causes and the organisations providing services, volunteers and support to the people who need it most.
Since 2011 we have given away over £350,000 to good causes and charity partners, raised almost £60,000 from customer donations and fundraising, and volunteered over 1,000 hours to support local communities.
Our charity partners
East Midlands-based homeless charity Framework have been a partner of The Nottingham since 2011. Offering support to thousands of homeless and vulnerable people, the charity offers accommodation services, training and support to help people move away from homelessness forever. In the last five years, the staff and customers have raised £45,000 to help support its ‘Skills Plus’ programme, delivering life skills to help people live independently.
Since partnering with SportsAid in 2013, we have supported 95 promising sporting stars of the future. The athletes we have helped include Junior World Champion Freestyle Skier Molly Summerhayes, Team GB Diver Jordan Holden, Team GB’s para-sprinter Zac Shaw and Team GB Federation Cup tennis player Freya Christie to name but a few!
In 2015, we announced we’d be supporting ten local schools through the educational charity, Young Enterprise. We helped them deliver financial literacy and employability skills to young people through the charity’s ‘Learn to Earn’ scheme and the flagship ‘Company Programme’.
Supporting good work in our community
Each year, we give away thousands of pounds worth of financial assistance to help our local communities prosper. We work with Nottinghamshire Community Foundation to find projects for our ‘Grants for Good’ helping everything from food banks to emergency homeless packs.
In 2013, we were delighted to gift our former head office on Friar Lane to the Framework and Double Impact charities. They now offer a city centre housing crisis centre and the city’s first non-alcoholic bar, SOBAR. The unique social enterprise was opened formally by 90s pop star Adamski in January 2014.
We also encourage our staff to volunteer in their local communities and each year, teams donate hundreds of hours helping out with everything from reading to weeding. If you have a project you would like some help with email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2016, just five years after the launch of Doing Good Together, we were delighted to be crowned winner in the ‘Contribution to the Community’ category at the Nottingham Post’s Business Awards.
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