We recognise that the needs of our communities are changing and the time to step up our efforts and collective responsibility to support them is now.
Our Community Partnership Plan is a core element of 135 Henry Boot and will find us collaborating with and supporting our charity, educational, and community partners to create meaningful and lasting impact on their amazing work. In doing so, we will be engaging our staff to get involved and utilise their skills, knowledge and experience to make a huge difference for our communities.
We support an annual Charity of the Year that is elected by our employees and we aim to host a variety of activities during the year to raise money to support them. Our current Charity of the Year is Sheffield Children’s Hospital which provides services across a significant geographic area in the north of the UK. This fantastic charity aims to ensure that the services and support offered by the hospital to young people and their families is of the best possible quality. Given their coverage of many of the regions in which we operate, and their ambitions to support young people to give them the best possible quality healthcare and compassionate support, we are delighted to partner with an organisation with shared values and ambition. We chose to extend our partnership with them until the end of 2021 and are excited to raise as much as possible for this important cause.
In addition to our Charity of the Year, we have supported a range of national and local charity partnerships and our support has included:
- Becoming a Foundation Partner of Landaid (a national property industry charity focusing on supporting young people affected by homelessness) and collaborating with them to fund the development of a new site for the Sheffield based youth homelessness charity Roundabout.
- Donating to the National Emergencies Trust Covid-19 campaign with our donation being matched by the Big Give.
- Delivering the ‘Henry Boot 13 Gifts of Christmas’ campaign which saw us supporting 13 food banks across our sites of operation nationwide.
- Headline sponsoring the annual St Luke’s Hospice Festival of Light campaign and event for the third time.
We also give our people the opportunity to nominate grassroots sports teams for a donation via our Discretionary Sports Fund. We recognise the importance of grassroots sports for communities and for mental and physical wellbeing but are also aware of the lack of funding that organisations often endure. We were delighted to distribute a total of £5,000 to 20 employee nominated local sports teams throughout 2020.
The Group also maintains several investment funds with South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF). We collaborate closely with the SYCF (and are a member of their SY100 Supporter Scheme) to ensure our funds are best used to support grassroots charities and community organisations.
We are a founding member of Sheffield Business Together (SBT) and continue to offer our financial and people resources to support the work of this responsible business coalition. SBT’s total leverage value of completed projects in support of charity, community, and voluntary organisations in 2020 was a fantastic £86,644.00.
We recognise that young people are the future of our business. Collaborating with our partners in the education sector to showcase our business and sector and give young people valuable and authentic workplace engagement is paramount for theirs and our long term success; if they can see it, they can be it. We recognise the disproportionate impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on young people and the challenges that they have faced from school closures and social distancing. We have been proud to maintain our support for the career education programmes of our education partners and commit to ensuring these partners have our long term support to providing young people with valuable and interactive workplace experience, engagement, and education as we build back from the impacts of the pandemic.
We have adapted our engagement opportunities and collaborated with a range of educational partners and charities across our areas of operation and examples include:
- Being a Cornerstone Employer for the D2N2 Enterprise Partnership – supporting a range of education providers across North Derbyshire.
- Empowering several of our employees to become Enterprise Advisors within the Sheffield City Region and working with local schools to provide them with valuable guidance and support.
- Volunteering with the National Literacy Trust for digital reading sessions and the Words for Work Conference.
- Supporting St Luke’s Hospice Biz Kids Programme which aims to encourage enterprise and business skills for primary school children whilst fundraising for the vital services of St Luke’s Hospice.
- Hosting a digital Takeover Day for our landmark development ‘The Glassworks’ in Barnsley.
- Supporting a range of schools with remote learning opportunities and digital engagement.