Wales Action Week (14 - 18 November 2016) utilised the energy, skills, passion and expertise of business to raise the profile of an emerging social issue.
Across Wales Action Week, over 100 employees from over 40 organisations supported over 700 people with developing their skills, providing advice and support in terms of financial planning, signposting different services that are available and running activities such as employability skills workshops for people seeking a job and running a myth busting session for employees to help them become more aware of the risk factors for homelessness.
BITC Cymru worked closely with community and charity partners to identify suitable projects for Wales Action Week and as a result, employee volunteers undertook a variety of activities during 14 – 18 November 2016. Our volunteers got out and about in many different locations in Wales.
Altogether across Wales, Wales Action Week businesses and organisations supported a range and number of community partners. Some of the key partners we worked with included:
- Shelter Cymru
- The Wallich
- Cardiff & Vale Credit Union
- Mind Cymru
- Solas Cymru
- Salvation Army
A variety of activities took place over the week to help to support people who are either at risk of becoming homeless or who were homeless. The activities included employability workshops, practical projects to enhance facilities and homes of vulnerable people, support for the credit union school savers schemes, sharing career journeys and skills needed for jobs, tenancy sustainability sessions, launching an employee assistance programme, donations of toiletries and electrical items and more.
Supported by business
Wales Action Week 2016 is a business-led week-long programme of activity which is coordinated and supported by Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru. BITC Cymru would like to thank the following participating organisations.
|1st solutions employment & training ltd||Lovell|
|ABC Electrification||Marks & Spencer|
|Barclays||Monmouthshire Building Society|
|Carpets & Carpets||Network Rail|
|Companies House||New Directions|
|Cricket Wales||Newport City Homes|
|Crystal Cleaning||Principality Building Society|
|Dolmans Solicitors||PS Partnership|
|GE Aviation Wales||Rhondda Housing Association|
|Geldards LLP||Target Group|
|Hafod Housing Association||Tata Steel Wales|
|Institute of Directors Wales||Tom Pritchard Consulting|
|Intellectual Property Office||Traveline Cymru|
|John Lewis (Cardiff)||Wales & West Utilities|
|Keepmoat||Welsh Government Warm Homes, NEST|
|Learning & Work Institute|
|Legal & General|
2016 Impact Report
Wales Action Week focuses on how the business community can work together and act to tackle social challenges in Wales. This year BITC Cymru brokered opportunities for business volunteers and partners to work together on a range of projects, events and activities to raise the profile of the important social issue of preventing homelessness and how it affects business.
To understand more about the positive difference that Wales Action Week had, please download our 2016 Impact Report here - waw_2016_impact_report_-_final.pdf.