We are proud to take an active role in supporting charitable causes in the communities we live and work in. Over the last decade we have partnered with local Hampshire charities that raise awareness and funds for mental health issues, children and adults with learning disabilities, food banks and children fighting cancer.
In 2019, we reviewed and re-launched our charity policy. We have forged new relationships and now partner four local charities; Mind (Havant and East Hants); The Café Project (Basingstoke); The Trussell Trust, a local food bank charity; and Alice's Arc, a children's cancer charity. We feel very lucky that our staff are constantly suggesting and organising charity events. Throughout the year we have many cake sales and participate in sporting events for sponsorship such as the Great South Run. Best of all, Carrington West matches the amount raised by our staff.
Our new charity policy goes further. As well as our partner charities, our staff receive paid annual leave to volunteer for a charity close to their heart. We offer all staff the opportunity to take one day’s fully paid charity leave per year, where they can donate their time (either individually or in organised groups) to a charity of their choice. To date this has included activities such as beach clean ups, collecting bucket change outside major events or working in a soup kitchen. We also offer the staff the opportunity to donate that day’s wage to the charity as well. This has proved very popular and we love seeing the ideas and suggestions come in.
Alice's Arc is dedicated to finding a cure and kinder, more targeted treatments for those affected by the childhood cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma. They provide support to impacted families through wellbeing services and a network of support groups.
The Portsmouth foodbank provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred in a crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Havant and East Hants Mind work to promote good mental health within our locality. They seek to support and empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community. As well as fundraising through corporate events Carrington West provide practical support such as supplying meeting rooms and facilities.
The Café Project is a charitable trust providing support, training and employment opportunities to people with learning disabilities through its community café and Circles Friday Club. Through their training facility and club they hope to improve the confidence and skills of all of their students and members.
In addition to our four partner charities, our Board Directors donate funds each year to causes close to their hearts. These range from supporting local hospitals to national cancer charities as well as sponsoring colleagues, friends and family who run, bike, row or jump out of planes for good causes!