We work innovatively with partner organisations to enhance customer support, deliver social value and to contribute to community events and projects. For the past 30 years, Foundation has been involved in a range of innovative partnership activities – here are some of the current projects we’re enjoying!
Pret A Manger’s charitable arm donates their surplus sandwiches to customers participating in our Leeds football sessions. As this partnership has grown our customers have been invited to consider 3 month apprenticeships based in Leeds and York, with successful candidates considered for employment when vacancies arise.
The apprenticeship scheme has the potential to be life-changing for our customers and demonstrates the real value of working with local businesses to address social exclusion.
Staff from Lloyds Banking Group have been volunteering their time for years – in 2015, bank staff wanted to continue their involvement with Foundation and decided to host a 5 A Side Football tournament, offering them the opportunity to have direct contact with customers.
The tournament took place in May 2015, at Soccer City in Leeds, and showcased the skills of the players, including their commitment, dedication and team spirit: it was eventually won by the York team in a Leeds – York final. Staff from Lloyds also refereed the matches, provided substitutes for teams and a fantastic lunch.
North Yorkshire Police partnered with Foundation in Harrogate to provide community placements for trainee police officers shadowing Housing Support Workers.
This has offered mutual benefits: for police, there have been insights into our services, an understanding of homelessness and of the issues facing our customers, while for Foundation, stronger links have been built with the local police.
Working in partnership with Great Lives, we’ve organised several ‘Proud of Your Pad’ events in Tameside throughout the year. Foundation customers took part in the events collecting litter and leaves, tidying up and planting flowers and vegetables.
Proud of Your Pad is about bringing residents together, building confidence, improving the kerb appeal of the accommodation we manage and supporting community cohesion and reintegration.
Without the help of our friends, partners, sponsors and volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to deliver the wide range of services that we do – so we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters for making better lives a reality for so many of our service users.