Corporate Social Responsibility
The Trust is a registered charity itself, but we also try to identify other charities, both local and national, that we can partner with or support for the benefit of our residents and their communities.
Giving something back
As you can tell by our vision, ‘homes for living, communities for life’, we are committed to supporting the local communities in which our residents and employees both live and work. ‘Giving something back’ is our Corporate Responsibility giving programme, that enables and encourages our employees to support the charities and causes they know are important to local communities. It also covers support we give our residents that is outside of our activities as a Registered Provider. There are four aspects to ‘Giving something back':
- Adopt a Scheme - this is our internal volunteering activity. Groups of employees are encouraged to ‘adopt’ one of our Independent Living Schemes, where they hold events such as BBQs, Christmas parties, coffee mornings and games evenings. Employees can also help out with gardening, tidying and other simple jobs. It's all about our employees getting together with Independent Living residents to build relationships and combat isolation. Friends of scheme residents are welcome to attend events aswell!
- Employee Fundraising - We all have a charity that we prefer to support, so the Trust offers a fund for employees to boost their fundraising activities. Employees can claim either a modest amount of match funding or reimbursement for fundraising materials.
- Giving Something Back at Christmas - The Trust organises a number of fundraising and donation activities over the Christmas period, which has become something of a strong tradition at Fairfax House. During Christmas 2018, we raised over £1500 for Aylesbury Homeless Action Group through our employee fundraising activities, and also donated essential items to the Vineyard Storehouse to distribute to rough sleepers.
Our employees frequently enjoy taking part in national fundraising drives. To date, we have raised monies for Children in Need, Cancer Research UK, Shelter Fund just to name a few! We actively encourage our employees to support charities of their choice, whether it is participating in a major fund raising event or running the school raffle, and we will promote their activities and achievements internally on our intranet.