Waitrose Community Conversation: Bringing People together in Bracknell 24th March 2017
Waitrose hosted a successful Community Conversation, bringing together local business and community groups at their conference centre in Bracknell on 24 March. The event was organised in partnership with Involve, the Bracknell council for voluntary service. Local MP, Dr Philip Lee, introduced the event, in the presence of the Mayor of Bracknell, with 40 business and community representatives also in attendance.
The event aimed to support local charities and businesses to network and build relationships, and was organised by a small team of Waitrose graduate Business Analysts, who shared:
“Often charities are looking for more skills-sharing than fundraising …on the day we weren’t sure how popular the event would be but, in the end, we had a fantastic turnout”
Successful partnerships created on the day included Panasonic using its resources to help develop community organisations by offering to give away their old laptops and cameras to Berkshire youth.
Give & Gain Community Conversations 24th-28th April 2017
Here are some of the stories from our Give & Gain Community Conversations,sponsored by Waitrose, that took place during #RBweek
Give & Gain stories year round
DWF: Right to Read - classroom to boardroom pilot (pdf) - We helped to arrange for ten children to visit the offices of DWF, to see if our Right to Read programme could work at business premises rather than needing volunteers to visit a school. The children read one to one with DWF reading mentors and were taken on a tour of the DWF offices.
ClickSilver Nottingham (pdf). The ClickSilver programme launched in 2012 when Capital One partnered with Business in the Community, Age UK Nottingham and two Nottingham Universities to develop a project that supported older people to learn IT skills and online safety. BITC has supported the ClickSilver programme with project management, networking and resource development. As the project has developed, it has become clear that ClickSilver isn’t just an IT course for older people but addresses many different social issues.
The Prince's Responsible Business Network Great Yarmouth (pdf) - bringing together local employers with their communities in Great Yarmouth
Give & Gain around the world
Read about some of our international employee volunteering stories below. You can find out more about our work around the world and the partnerships developed via our CSR360 Global Partners Network here.