Supporting our local communities

6th September 2019

Over the last year, not only have our colleagues been working together to raise funds for our corporate charity partners, but we’ve also established some great relationships within our communities, supporting local organisations near our offices with foodbank collections and offering a helping hand through our colleague volunteering hours.

Having already formed a close relationship with the Burton YMCA, our team was made aware that the number of food parcels being distributed in 2019 was on track to be significantly higher than in previous years. This was being compounded by the fact that one of the town’s largest employers was due to close over the Summer, leaving additional families in need of support. With the school holidays approaching, our Charity and Community representatives wanted to know how Healthcare at Home could intervene to help vulnerable families and with the support of our CEO, Darryn Gibson, we agreed to run a Summer Support Club.

The club ran over two dates in August with morning and afternoon sessions. Families with young children could come along, participate in fun activities, arts and crafts and have lunch. They could also as receive support through a food parcel, free haircuts and back to school resources, including stationery and uniforms, which were kindly donated by our local Tesco and Asda. We worked with local primary schools and community support groups to advertise the event to those most in need and arranged for these families to attend the sessions.

We’ve received very positive feedback, both from those who attended the sessions and our colleagues who volunteered.

One of the attendees told us: “I attended a support club organised by Healthcare at Home Volunteers. I just want to say a huge thank you to the company and volunteers that ran the day.

Not only did it give parents and children something fun and free to do during the holidays but also offered help and advice that to some people may have been crucial. I’m very fortunate to have not needed the help being offered but if ever I find myself in a position that I do then it is nice to know there are companies and people that are willing to help.

The event gave a great sense of community and I’m sure was a lifeline to some local people so a massive thank you to you and your team for a fantastic event.”

But it’s not just the local families who were helped by this, as our colleagues also recognised how valuable the sessions were and it helped them understand just how important the work we do as a company, can offer necessary assistance to those most in need, who may find it hard to ask for support. Here’s what one of our volunteers had to say:

“By hosting events like the Summer Support Club we are helping remove the stigma that can sometimes be attached to being in need. Having a food parcel normally means you have to go through lots of official channels and can make a person feel as if they have failed; providing for your family is a basic instinct we all have and if you cannot meet this need it can really affect your mental health.

This event, which was a day out focusing on fun for all of the family, takes away that feeling of failure. None the families I met saw it as a charity handout, they saw it as a social event hosted by a bunch of happy enthusiastic people who were there to have fun, chat and offer a helping hand.”

We’re proud that we were able to help local families in our community during a time of year that can sometimes feel overwhelming for them. We look forward to continuing to support our local communities and charity partners, and always on the lookout for new ways we can do so.

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