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Wates Giving is a charitable programme focused on making a real difference to the communities in which we live, work and build. The programme is run and funded by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust, which was set up by the Wates Family owners in 2008 with the aim of strengthening the role business has to play in society.
Since the launch of Wates Giving, over £5.3m has been invested in local initiatives. Projects underway include: redeveloping community centres, supporting programmes to reduce anti-social behaviour, investing in prisoner rehabilitation schemes and supporting education resources. All of these ventures will help enhance communities for the long term.
The Wates Family owners, through Wates Giving, also back the causes that our people support with their own time and resources. Schemes are in place to assist and promote employee volunteering plus matched funding is available to boost personal giving through fundraising and regular charitable donations.
An example of Wates Giving in action is an initiative built around our annual Community Day, when our people donate their time and resources to support local projects. In 2011, each project team was given a Wates Giving grant of £250 to donate to a charity of their choice to support grass roots activities which will really make a difference.
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We all want Wates to be the very best. Being the best means upholding the great reputation Wates has built over 114 years. The Wates Way is underpinned by the family values that the Wates family brings to the business.
Secure employment is at the heart of sustainable communities. At a time with increasing unemployment especially with young people, businesses have a greater role to play in society.
Social Impact report 2012
Social Impact Consulting recently published the Green Light Report in association with the National Housing Federation.