Last year we managed to help some pretty amazing charities. Whilst we often join in on the big national campaigns, we also like to make sure we help local good causes. In fact these are the causes that we find our staff really get behind – after all, home is where the heart is and charity begins there.
We ended the year helping out a homeless charity in the area, Eden Gate. Since previously working with them, we have grown to learn that whilst homelessness in these parts is an issue, there is a real problem with people in our area living below the poverty line.
A study held in 2016 showed that almost a quarter of people in Wales are struggling to make ends meet, and the south Wales valleys are commonly depicted as one the most deprived areas in the UK. Whilst many struggle to find work, others work full time but on a low income.
So this year we decided that we want to help our own.
Whilst we may get involved in the occasional bake sale, we are going to focus the majority of our time and resources on helping our neighbours. The dad down the street working 12 hour shifts to feed his family. The mum who’s dreading September because she doesn’t know how she will afford school uniforms for her kids. There are people walking beside us that need our help so we’re going to do what we can to help them.
We will be focusing on four main areas to support: food banks, families, homeless and the elderly.
Our usual approach of dress-down will help us raise money which, at the end of every quarter, will be used to help one of the four good causes. Donation points will soon be present on each side of the building and staff can donate items relating to the cause we are supporting.
Throughout the first quarter we will be helping food banks in our area, so as soon as you see the coloured bins you can begin to fill them with food.
We want to do the little things that may make a big difference to people struggling in our area!