Doing Good Together – 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 Good Together’ 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.
Sporting talent and community well-being
We believe that sport benefits the community and should be encouraged. So we support grass-root clubs to encourage inclusion and participation right the way through to rising sports stars breaking into professional athleticism.
Since launching our community programme, we have donated over £600,000, fundraised more than £118,000 and gifted more than 2,800 hours in community volunteering.
Supporting our local communities
Each year, we work with a number of charities to help our local communities prosper. Our chosen charity partners are homelessness charity Framework, financial education charity Young Enterprise and the springboard of British rising sports talent, SportsAid.
Since 2011 we have worked with Nottinghamshire Community Foundation to find projects for our ‘Grants for Good’ helping to fund everything from food banks to emergency homeless 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 helping out witheverything from reading to weeding. If you have a project you would like some help with 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 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.
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 and MoneyAge’s Best Charity Partnership (SportsAid).
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