Employees at Capita Local Public Services have been getting in the Christmas spirit this month through volunteering and charity work for their local communities.
In our Sheffield partnership
On 12th December staff from our Sheffield partnership went to St Wilfred’s Centre, a community centre where homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded adults can find understanding, practical assistance, a sense of belonging and the support to regain self-esteem.
Our staff helped wrap over 120 Christmas presents at their ‘festive Christmas wrapping evening’. The presents included shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, tooth brush, socks, gloves, scarves and a hat. All the essentials for this cold winter season. They will be given to clients from St Wilfred’s Centre at their Christmas party to take home and unwrap on Christmas day.
Staff were also involved in Hallam FM’s Mission Christmas: cash for kids' incentive. For many, Christmas is simply a luxury they can’t afford, which is why this scheme helps children who are disadvantaged through poverty, who are sick or disabled to have the Christmas they deserve. A staggering 773 presents were donated by Capita and Sheffield City Council for such this great cause.
ICT and Digital Solutions in Birmingham
On 30th November four of our Birmingham colleagues from Capita’s ICTDS put their decorating skills to the test and competed against other local companies in a Christmas tree decorating competition at St Mary’s Hospice.
In the morning, they spent time with the hospice manager, care assistants and physiotherapists who provided an overview of their service and personal experiences at the hospice. They then moved into the garden to light it up with magic by transforming it into a winter wonderland for their patients. Decorating the garden with fairy lights, baubles and anything festive.
At our North Tyneside partnership
Our partnership staff from North Tyneside got involved in some volunteering with Meadow Well Connected, their chosen charity to support for the year. They held two Christmas meals for residents on the 4th and 6th December. Staff raised money for all the ingredients, which were supplemented by a donation from Capita. Several staff volunteers then turned chef to help the charity’s kitchen team to prepare, cook and serve the food.
Meadow Well Connected works positively with the community by providing a safe, welcoming place where residents can meet new people, make new friends and learn new skills to help our community thrive held two Christmas meals for their clients
More than 100 North Shields residents had the chance to enjoy a free Christmas meal thanks to Meadow Well Connected and staff from our northern partnership.
Our Carlisle based colleague
On 9th December, Nick Sweetman a trainee benefit assessor based in Carlisle took part in the 5k Santa dash with his team the ‘Border Reiver Runners’, to raises funds for Jigsaw Children’s Hospice.
The hospice provides one to one care for children and young adults with life limiting illnesses, as well as extending the care and support to their families.
Their home-from-home environment allows the nurses to match the children and young adults home routine as closely as possible, ensuring a smooth, relaxing and peaceful transition between the home and hospice environments.
Nick raised an impressive £194 for the Jigsaw Children’s Hospice.
Urban Vision in Salford
On 7th December staff from Urban Vision, our joint venture with Salford City Council and Galliford Try took part in a Christmas jumper day raising funds for their charity of the year, Broughton House. This 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.
The landscape architects have also done their bit for Broughton house by putting together a Christmas hamper for the charity with donations made through a Christmas quiz between the team.
Urban Vision staff are involved with Salford City Council’s Christmas Appeal this month. The appeal is being held at the Civic Centre where donations are being held for various charities. The appeal includes donations of food, tea/coffee, toys, baby items, sanitary products, gifts etc. All of which go to young children and young care givers who may have no family to treat them at Christmas.
Donations are being accepted until 24th December and total donation contribution will be tallied in the new year.
At our Blackburn with Darwen Council partnership
Members of staff from our partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council were busy last week. They teamed up with the council and volunteered at their local Tesco collecting food donations for Blackburn foodbank. In total 3662.75kg of food was donated which will provide 8721 meals for people in crisis in Blackburn and Darwen.
Meanwhile at our Entrust office in Stafford
Entrust, our education business has been feeling the festivities around their office this month.
A team of employees took it upon themselves to get involved with Elf Day in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Elf Day is a fabulous festive fundraiser designed to get you in the Christmas spirit whilst raising money to help beat dementia.
Staff also took part into some healthy rivalry around the office by getting involved in a Christmas desk decorating competition and Christmas jumper day.
In total Entrust were able to raise £131 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Thank you to everyone who has been getting involved in any form of charity and volunteering during the build up to Christmas. Just the smallest things can really make a difference to so many people's lives!