Although it may appear that there is an international day for ‘everything’ now, today is in fact International Day of Charity – and I think it’s an important one to blog about. It was set up by the United Nations and aims to address global issues and humanitarian problems throughout the world. They chose today as it marks the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s passing.
I think it’s really important for local businesses to support charities when they can and I’m pleased that Ascendant Recruitment is now in a position to be able to give back, especially to the local community. If you look on the Ascendant Facebook page, you’ll see that lots of the team have taken part in various fun runs and marathons and I’m always pleased to lend support. And following a very serious accident for one of the team, they received a lot of support from Spinal Injuries Association – so this is another brilliant charity I want to be able to support.
Giving to charity is a very personal thing – there’s lots of different causes you can support from animal welfare to overseas aid and disaster relief. Interestingly, medical research was the most popular cause in 2017. According to Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) 26% of donors gave to this cause.
So how can you help? There’s loads of ways that small and large businesses can support a charity. Whether it’s a bake sale or a sponsored walk (or run!), it only takes a small team of dedicated and determined employees to organise an event that could truly make a difference.
Consider charities that are local to your business. There are some truly inspiring projects and organisations that do great work right on your doorstep. Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite local charities that continue to inspire us with their incredible efforts to improve lives.
#1 Worktree.org, MK
This initiative gives young people the opportunity to talk with industry professionals in a relaxed informal setting. This is a cause that Ascendant Recruitment are pleased to be a part of and I recently visited Lord Grey school in Bletchley to meet some pupils and discuss the realities of working life. When I was at school, the careers service was incredibly poor, but this initiative gives young people access to what’s out there. It’s incredibly valuable and they do some great work.
#2 Keech Hospice Care, Luton and south Bedfordshire
Providing free, specialist care for adults and children who have terminal illness, this charity provides outstanding services (including respite care for family and friends) that are invaluable to a lot of families in Luton, south Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.
#3 Growing People (Urb Farm), MK
If you’re green-fingered and looking to support a local enterprise that combines training, education and horticulture then this could be the charity for you! Growing People, an initiative based round the corner from our offices in Wolverton Mill, cultivates produce using environmentally-friendly techniques. Why not sign up to the delicious veg box scheme today?
#4 The Bus Shelter, MK
Shockingly, many of us are just three pay slips away from losing our homes and ending up on the streets. In their own words: ‘A homeless shelter on wheels to reduce rough sleeping in Milton Keynes… with your help we can provide over 5800 safe, warm nights for people forced to sleep on the streets.’
We hope this post has inspired you to roll up your sleeves (or dig deep into your pockets!) and get involved. It’s important to remember to give what you can, whether that’s monetary donations or volunteering your time, there are so many ways you can make a difference.