Volunteering efforts saw Wates Group carry out over 93 local projects across the country as part of its annual ‘Reshaping Tomorrow Week’.
Over a week in June, a total of 1,235 volunteers – or nearly a third of all Wates employees – worked a combined total of 7,509 hours, across the country contributing an equivalent of nearly £500K in labour.
Reshaping Tomorrow Week is supported by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust through its charitable grant programme, Wates Giving, which supports over 250 initiatives a year and has donated over £10m to charitable activities since it launched in 2008.
As part of the week, individual teams were invited to ‘pitch’ for £500 for each project from Wates Giving. Pitches were made in the form for short videos, with 29 entries made. Of these, the best five films were selected to receive a prize of £2k each, to be donated to the projects supported.
The winning five projects were:
Based in Cardiff, Vision 21 is a social enterprise providing a supportive environment for realistic work based training opportunities for people with learning needs. 16 volunteers from Wates Residential and Wates Living Space, spent almost 100 hours over three days to help with several projects across the city.
Hospitality & Hope is a faith-based charitable organisation helping vulnerable individuals and families in crisis. They operate a soup kitchen service and the South Tyneside Foodbank. Wates volunteers helped to organise clothing donated to the local clothes bank, and food donated to the food bank.
The York Carers Centre works in partnership with carers to influence positive change in service delivery with local government, employers and health providers. A group of volunteers converted a little-used upstairs office into a quiet area that could be used by staff as a much-needed break out and rest area.
Home Start offers free, confidential support, friendship and practical help to parents of children under five in the London Borough of Camden who are going through a difficult time. Wates people replenished the edible garden on one of Camden’s housing estates, and even installed a wormery at the local pre-school children’s centre, to teach the children about composting and recycling.
GITC is a community food, environment and educational charity based in East Manchester applying an asset based approach. Operating from former derelict land owned by Resurrection and St. Barnabas church, the community have created a vibrant welcoming safe community space. Today, ‘It’s a garden but much more’, working with a range of participants to deliver activities via Growing projects, Men’s Shed, Barnabas Bees and other green initiatives.
Every year our teams’ endeavours become more and more ambitious as they seek to find new ways to help their neighbours. Reshaping Tomorrow week is an invaluable initiative through which we can ensure that our work supports communities, enhances environmental and economic sustainability, and ultimately improves the lives of local people.
“The genuine altruism of our teams is the cornerstone of Wates’ culture as a family business and putting aside our time for Reshaping Tomorrow week is an excellent way to take stock of what we can achieve when we all work together to help others.”
Rachel Woolliscroft, Sustainability Director, Wates Group