We asked all UK employees to nominate local charities that they felt would best benefit from our support in terms of fundraising, donations and volunteering. We then sent a UK company-wide request for everyone to vote for their preferred option. St Mungo’s was a clear favorite and offers Apak the opportunity to give something back to the local community to help combat the increasing problem of homelessness.
Homelessness damages the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. And St Mungo’s - one of the UK’s leading homelessness charities - is striving to end it for good while also rebuilding the lives of those already affected.
In Bristol, St Mungo’s provides more than 20 different homelessness and mental health services, including outreach, emergency shelters, hostels, supported housing, floating support, employment support and support for people at risk of homelessness.
Across London and the South, the charity provides housing and support to 2,800 people and helps thousands of others with advice, health, skills and work services.
Apak Group is no stranger to charitable donations and fantastic fundraising. Over the past two years, we’ve donated over £50,000 to excellent causes through fundraising and company contribution.
Charitable organizations that have previously benefited from our team’s efforts include: Off the Record, The Alzheimer Society, Baggator, Southmead Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Brain Tumour Charity, Cancer Research, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Kingsgate Park, Movember Foundation, Myeloma UK, Royal British Legion, Salvation Army, Solihull Mind, Ahimsa House (USA) and the University of the West of England (UWE) Bursary (Tony Papadopoulos Foundation).
The Apak Charity Team (ACT) has exceeded all targets and expectations over the past few years, and ACT founding member Nikki Fitzell hopes that things can be taken to another level, thanks to this partnership with St Mungo’s.
“Having a charity partner is such an important part of our corporate identity, as it provides all employees with the opportunity to help make a difference in our local community.
We look at fundraising and activities that encourage broad participation throughout the organization, and working with a partner allows us to see exactly how our contributions can help.
We are currently looking at how we can work more closely together [with St Mungo’s] to offer a variety of support. This includes work-related activities (CV review and mock interviews) through to working directly with people utilizing and benefiting from the recovery college services and projects.”
St Mungo’s works with a range of corporate partners from various sectors. These partners support the work they do through donations, fundraising and volunteering. Together, they work on developing innovative services that address the crisis of homelessness.
Speaking about the partnership, Corporate Volunteering Coordinator for St Mungo’s Richard Knight said, “Working closely with our corporate partners enables us to leverage their skills and expertise as well as giving them a unique insight into the ways in which we work to end homelessness.
We are excited to be working with Apak Group, who have raised an in impressive £12,000 through fundraising in the first quarter of our partnership. Together, we are developing volunteering opportunities that will benefit some of our most critical services in the Bristol area.
This may include decorating in our hostels, working with clients in our pioneering gardening programme, and doing some work with our outreach team who work on the streets of Bristol supporting people who are sleeping rough.”
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