11-15 July 2022 marked Menzies second firmwide Make A Difference Week, where all our partners and staff have the opportunity to take a day to give back to the community.
This year’s theme was ‘Making A Difference Together.’ Our inaugural Make A Difference Week was somewhat hampered by COVID, which reduced the number of group activities we were able to undertake.
We undertook over 30 activities throughout the week – with 235 staff taking part – this equates to 1,762 hours – a whopping 103% increase from last year!
2022 saw the return of group activities with a vengeance, with many different activities undertaken across the firm. Here are some examples of what we did:
Shooting Star Apprentice Challenge
Menzies teams took a few of Shooting Star’s charity shops for the day, promoting the charity and raising funds – which included fancy dress, lucky dips and raffles!
Shooting Star is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.
A total of £2,477 raised – well done to everyone!
HOW WE SUPPORTED THE COMMUNITY
Harper Asprey Wildlife Centre
Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue is an emergency wildlife hospital, it is a registered wildlife charity that works 24/7, 365 days a year. They rescue, rehabilitate and release their native wildlife.
Some of our team spent the day weeding and tidying at Harper Asprey Wildlife Centre.
Hart Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks.
We spent the day packing, lifting and shifting food crates and sorting food from the supermarket collections for the local community in need of food at Hart Foodbank.
Single Homeless Project
Single Homeless Project provide supported accommodation in London for young people, offenders, women’s and mental health services.
Building a conservation area at Single Homeless Project
The Felix Project
The Felix Project is a London-based food redistribution charity set up in 2016 to tackle both issues.
Working in the warehouse and supporting drivers at The Felix Project
Brendoncare Care Homes
Brendoncare aims to improve the quality of life for older people through care homes, extra care housing and social clubs across the South of England.
Gardening at Brendoncare Care Homes
The Huggard Centre
The Huggard Centre is a charity tackling homelessness and seeking to overcome the problems and barriers that force individuals to sleep rough on our streets.
Donating to the Huggard Centre
Planet Patrol is a free app that helps volunteers gather photographic evidence of litter. Planet Patrol exists to protect, preserve and restore nature by addressing the pressing threats of pollution.
A charity Helping vulnerable young people.
Landscaping and painting at Motiv8
AND SO MUCH MORE…
We also spent the week; Balsam bashing in Bute Park, and at Swingbridge Community Boats, tidying the gardens at The Rainbow Centre, clearing the grounds at The Orpheus Centre, and litter picking all around.
We would like say a huge thank you to the organisations that had us for the week, as well as a thank you to our Make a Difference Week Champions …
Kathryn Balls, Bita Parsa, Viresh Mistry, Jo Hardy, Peter Mills, Katharyn Brewer, Jen George, Stephanie Ward, Mark Crosson.
It only takes one person to Make a Difference. We want to use the power of our own team to make an impact in the communities where we live and work.