Capita Go's Local 2018

Employees at Capita Local Public Service have been out and about supporting their local communities to thrive through volunteering and fundraising.

Last week, 29th October – 2nd November, marked the start of the Capita Go Local campaign which encouraged employees to use their one-day volunteering in local communities where they work. A range of activities were organised across the UK in our partnership and joint ventures:

Entrust

Entrust, are our education arm of the business, created by a joint venture with Staffordshire County Council. In aid of the Capita Go Local campaign they organised a food bank on behalf of ‘House of Bread’ in Stafford. House of Bread provide a meal service and support as well as a safe and welcoming place for all vulnerable people in Stafford.

Entrust didn’t stop their either, one group of staff organised a ‘wine or water’ stand and a raffle to raise vital funds for Donna Lousie UK. Donna Lousie UK is a childrens and young people’s hospice for those with a shortened life expectancy due to illness or injury and are there to support every member of the family, every step of the way. The team raised £288 for the hospice by the end of the week. Entrust also organised a fantastic bake sale and raised £69 for Staffordshire Search and Rescue team, who are a team of dedicated volunteers with specialist training to locate and rescue missing people in Staffordshire.

Entrust Outdoors also kindly offered Staffordshire Search and Rescue team the use of their facilities for this next year’s training weekend for free, which will save the charity nearly £700.

North Tyneside Council

During the Capita Go Local campaign volunteers from our North Tyneside partnership were involved in multiple gardening projects for Meadow well connected.

Meadow well connected is a North East charity that works with the community by providing a safe, welcoming place to meet people and learn new skills.

Our staff also carried out a gardening project for Forward Assist, a veteran’s charity who provide support and guidance to former servicemen and women that experience difficulties in adjusting to a new life as a civilian.

Sheffield City Council

During an afternoon last week, the Sheffield partnership team did their bit for Capita Go Local. A number of the team helped out at St Wilfrid's Centre, a community where homeless and socially excluded adults can find understanding, practical assistance, a sense of belonging. The Capita Local Public Services team were beaten by the St Wilfred’s team in nearly every game played throughout the afternoon, more practice is certainly needed before next year!

Throughout the course of the Capita Go Local project the partnership team held a bake sale, a game of email bingo and had a dress down event. As a result of all this fundraising, the Sheffield team managed to raise £573.55 to donate to the St Wilfred’s Centre.

Urban Vision

Urban Vision, our joint venture with Salford City Council and Galliford Try has seen many employees making the most of their volunteering day. Throughout last week, they donated over 70 hours of volunteering to various local charities.

Volunteers accompanied veterans from Broughton House, which is a charity that provides a nursing home for veterans living their remaining years amongst friends and a team committed to serving all those who served us, to Manchester’s Imperial War Museum, for an enjoyable day out.

They also volunteered at the Life Centre in Salford, who are partnered with British Red Cross. Volunteers handed out food packages to destitute asylum seekers. Our staff also donated over 150 items for the Salford Foodbank Appeal.

Urban Vision also put on a bake sale within the office, a fantastic £117.73 was raised for St Ann’s Hospice. Some members of staff even went to St Ambrose Barlow, a local school where they helped many students prepare for their future through mock interviews.

ICT and Digital Solutions in Birmingham

Four employees from Capita ICTDS went to St Marys' hospice in Birmingham for a volunteering opportunity where they spent their day sweeping leaves from the hospice drive and car park, clearing a garden where a tree had recently been cut down and gave a helping hand where required in other parts of the hospice grounds. Their volunteering was appreciated so much they were invited back again next year.

As well as this, over the course of the week, the team have been collecting tinned food for The Trussell Trust. Which on Monday (5th) were taken to the local food bank, The Trussell Trust Food Bank in Stechford, Birmingham.

Thank you to everyone for taking part in the Capita Go Local campaign.

Volunteering at our Sheffield Partnership

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Your staff have been absolutely fantastic this year with our children. It has been great for the children to see a familiar smiling face arrive every week for their dedicated reading time

Cheryl Deakin, teacher at Wybourn Primary, Sheffield

Urban Vision: Helping Salford become a beacon in the Northern Powerhouse

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Urban Vision has been a valuable partner since we first formed the alliance. The partnership extension will provide further efficiency gains and more savings for the Council, without affecting service quality and performance.

Jim Taylor Salford’s City Director

Designing and delivering connecting cycling and walking routes for the Port Salford Greenway Scheme

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Given the speed at which the scheme was designed and has been constructed, the project has gone remarkably smoothly and this is largely due to the efforts of Urban Vision’s Landscape design team

Catriona Swanson, Salford City Council