Corporate Social Responsibility
Serious about Corporate Social Responsibility
Here at Devonshires, we take Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. Our partners, staff, clients and charities continue to demonstrate goodwill, generosity and dedication to the CSR schemes that we operate. We are proud of our achievements. For example, last financial year we raised over £45,000 for our partner charities.
From taking part in events such as the Great North Run to hosting a charity sports day, our work is ultimately aimed at supporting our charities and the outstanding and invaluable work that they do.
If you’d like any further details of our CSR initiatives (or if you’d like to suggest a CSR project we might take on or provide support to) please contact our Business Development team.
Our chosen charities
Skyway – SkyWay was established in 2002 and for the benefit of disadvantages and vulnerable young people aged 8 – 25 years living in deprived inner-London neighbourhoods. Their objective is to provide support to their users to enable the achievement of personal goals, realise their potential and contribute positively to their community.
The Spitz Charitable Trust – The Spitz is a collective of Jazz musicians based in Islington who use music to connect people who may be isolated as a result of social and economic realities, age, ethnicity, disability, culture and other disadvantages.
St George’s Crypt – St George’s Crypt is a Leeds-based charity that works with the homeless, the vulnerable and those suffering from addiction. The Crypt runs a range of health and well-being activities, a drug and alcohol recovery project and independent supported flats working with those who are dependent on alcohol on a reduction programme.
Friends of the Elderly – Friends of the Elderly aim to assist those aged 65+ who suffer with loneliness and/or are at risk of isolation. FOTE provides care homes but also assists those users who remain living in their own home but need support to do so.
For the 7th year we continued with our successful Employment Day and Work Placement Schemes, which we operate in collaboration with a number of our housing clients including Notting Hill, Swan and the members of the Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance.
Our Employment Days are aimed at helping residents become ‘work ready’. Our staff run a series of training sessions followed by mock interviews and then feedback to participants with hints and suggestions about what they did well and where they might improve how they come across at interview. Then, under our Work Placement Scheme, a number of participants join us through our six-monthly paid internships. We were delighted to welcome Nana Bentil as our latest addition to our General Office team through the scheme.
We also get to see the great results that our chosen charities can achieve with the money that we raise. This October, Nathan and Lily, two young people with whom Action for Kids have worked for many years, start their new full-time jobs at Sainsbury’s. That means that, of the 10 young people that joined us at our sponsored Wide Horizons Skills for Life weekend last year, 7 are now in fully paid work, with the remaining three volunteering. We are so proud that we have helped to make that difference.
After five years of winning Platinum at the Clean City Awards, we have also now been nominated for their highest accolade, the Chairman’s Cup. Following this year’s efforts, we are now recycling 92% of all our office’s waste, saving 14 trees and 2 tonnes of CO2 per month.
We are incredibly grateful to all of our staff, clients and friends who have given so generously to our many fundraising ventures which this year ranged from baking competitions (combined with a cake sale) to a calory-burning cycle ride to Paris (and back). On 30 April we handed cheques totaling £41,448 to our chosen charities.
Our chosen charities
Action for Kids – “Community support and social responsibility is embedded into the ethos at Devonshires. They operate in a truly inclusive and accessible way in employment, the environment and with the community. When we ask for support, the response is always phenomenal.” Lyn Prodger, Action for Kids
Theatre Royal Stratford East – “The commitment, enthusiasm and generosity of Devonshires has been invaluable to us and the community we work with. It has been a pleasure to watch our young people flourish as artists and cultural leaders through our relationship.” Asma Hussain, Theatre Royal Stratford East
Friends of the Elderly – “Devonshires have been a fantastic partner already – and it’s still early days! An enthusiastic team of volunteers gave up their Saturday to help us set up a summer fete at one of our care homes, and Nicki, Nadine and Carolyn braved the London Triathlon for us raising over £2,000! All donations will go towards our vital befriending and grants services, to help isolated and lonely older people and those living in poverty, for which we are so grateful.” Yvonne Martin, Friends of the Elderly