by Kiran Purewal | 5 December 2018
Earlier this year the Board of Directors at Sellick Partnership appointed myself and 8 other employees to a newly founded committee that would be responsible for the (Corporate Social Responsibility) CSR strategy and charitable donations for the company. Almost 12 months on, I can happily say that this move has been a huge success, and over the past year we have seen our people get involved in supporting our chosen charities and causes that are close to them.
As it is UK Charity Week I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss some of the things we have been up to, and explain why supporting charities within your local community should not just be a box ticking exercise.
Paid day off for CSR
One of the major initiatives myself and my fellow committee members were passionate to introduce was to give every employee at Sellick Partnership a full days paid annual leave to help one of our chosen charities or a cause close to them. So far, 23 members of staff have used their CSR day to volunteer and fundraise, and have helped a number of causes including Mustard Tree, Wood Street Mission, Leeds Children Charity and Friendship Care & Housing. Some of the activities our people have done include volunteering at the weekly Mustard Tree Soup Kitchen, helping to clear ground for building at Leeds Children Charity and a charity abseil for Wood Street Mission. We hope that next year we can continue this theme, and get even more of our people helping causes and our communities.
Annual sporting tournaments
Every year we host a number of sporting events in aid of our charities, the most prominent of these being our Manchester Professionals’ Cricket and Football Leagues in Manchester and our Midlands Football Tournament held in Derby. These remain some of our most successful CSR initiatives, and always attract some of the UK’s biggest and most prominent employers. This year was especially big as we celebrated ten years of the Manchester Professionals’ Cricket League (MPCL). The MPCL, part of our external CSR programme, is a league founded and run by the team at Sellick Partnership. Over the last ten years the MPCL has supported two of our Manchester office’s chosen charities, St Ann’s Hospice and The Lord's Taverners and to date has raised over £80,000 for these charities.
In addition to our sporting events, we have also held a number of internal fundraising events to raise a little bit of extra cash for our charities. Our Newcastle office arranged a day where the business dressed in denim for dementia for The Alzheimer’s Society, our Manchester team arranged a Wear Pink Friday for Cancer Research UK and we even held a Halloween Charity Bake-Off which was enjoyed by everyone. Additional events like this are a great way not only to raise money, but also to keep momentum up and motivation high. We feel, by having small events throughout the year we are able to remind people of the importance of charitable giving, whilst giving everyone an opportunity to have a bit of fun in the process.
Many of us often forget that supporting charities is not just about giving money, so we have also been busy collecting clothes and items that will help people in need across the year. We have asked our people to donate clothing, toiletries, gifts and anything else they might be able to spare that would put a smile on someone’s face. These items have then been delivered to our charities across the regions we work in, to try and make life a little bit easier for those in need. This is something that anyone can get involved with, and I urge anyone that is having a clear out to think about what could be reused. Even the smallest of things can make someone else’s day.
Some of our people even decided to go the extra mile this year, taking part in events outside work raising money for a range of causes. Manager Adam Rouse took on the London Marathon, Principal Consultant Kate Jasper, Manager Mark Croston, Finance Director Mike Hoyle and Recruitment Consultant Sara Robinson all took part in the Manchester Half Marathon and Recruitment Consultant Barney Gibson brushed up on his boxing skills for a Charity Boxing Match. Some very valiant efforts, and we cannot wait to see what our people challenge themselves to next year.
This is just a snapshot of what we have been up to as a business this year. I think it is incredible that so many of our people continue to get behind the causes we support, and I hope this continues well into 2019 and beyond. If you would like to find out more about our year of charitable giving you can check out our website. Alternatively, you can get in touch with one of the CSR Committee by emailing email@example.com.