Corporate Social Responsibility
Serious about Corporate Social Responsibility
Here at Devonshires, we take Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) very seriously, and 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; last financial year we raised over £45,000 for our partner charities.
From taking part in sporting events such as the Great North Run to hosting a private cinema screening for our charities, our work is ultimately aimed at supporting 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
Demelza Hospice Care for Children – A charity supporting babies, children and young people with serious or terminal conditions and their loved ones, so they can enjoy their time together, for as long as they have.
Refuge – A charity supporting women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse.
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.
Theatre Royal Stratford East – Theatre Royal Stratford East supports the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds in the boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Walthamstow and Barking & Dagenham.
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.