Charity news round-up (09/09/21)

With news on: EMR donates £3000 to youth employment charity; Air Ambulance Service to launch ‘choose to reuse’ campaign; Waste Source donates IT to Frank Water; and, Suez receives silver award in Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme


EMR donates £3000 to youth employment charity

Metal recycling company EMR has donated £3000 to West Midlands-based youth employment charity, Sport 4 Life, as part of its Young Futures Reimagined programme.

Martin Wright operations manager at EMR Smethwick (left) awards donation to Sport 4 Life UK

The will help the charity support young people through “circumstances outside of their control”.

With the funding from EMR, Sport 4 Life will be able to provide 20 young people aged between 18-25 access to training.

Martin Wright, operations manager at EMR’s local Smethwick branch added: “It is with pride that we are able to offer continued support to Sport 4 Life UK, having previously partnered with them back in 2019.

“Employment opportunities are increasing hard to come by as a result of the on-going situation created by the COVID pandemic. S4L offer a vital service in offering young people the opportunity to improve their skill set and develop the confidence that they need to enter the interview room. I have no doubt that these young people will go on to have long lasting careers following this training course.”


Air Ambulance Service to launch ‘choose to reuse’ campaign

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) has launched its ‘choose to reuse’ campaign, which will see it aim to divert 50 tonnes of unwanted goods from waste and landfill.

The campaign aims to divert 50 tonnes of waste

The charity – which operates the local Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, and the national Children’s Air Ambulances -is launching the campaign, coinciding with Recycling Week 2021, which runs from the 20-26 September.

TAAS head of reuse Harry Sirpal said: “Recycling, when done correctly, is one of the easiest ways to make a positive change to the environment, and this month TAAS will aim to divert 50 tonnes of waste going into landfills by reusing peoples’ donated items.”

“TAAS hopes to raise awareness and encourage people to reflect on their buying habits and to consider how small changes can have a huge impact on the environment. Choosing second hand and donating unwanted items is one way that we can all play a part in shifting to more sustainable consumption and true circularity, eliminating unwanted items ever reaching landfills.

“Donating good quality items to our charity will help support our charity and the environment, so start this September off by choosing to reuse with us,” says Harry


Waste Source donates IT to Frank Water

Katie Endacott, head of operations and fundraising at Frank Water, accepted the equipment

Bristol based waste and recycling broker, Waste Source, is supporting local charity Frank Water by donating old IT equipment.

Frank Water is a charity that works to improve the access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in India and Nepal.

Waste Source, which is part of the Reconomy Group, has, as part of the Group Social Value Programme, donated five Chrome boxes and a surplus laptop.

According to the company, this will help to tackle digital poverty and provides an environmentally friendly route for IT equipment that is no longer needed.

Chris Holland, managing director at Waste Source, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting a local charity that is close to our hearts – both in the form of providing them with the necessary resources they need to operate, but also more widely to help raise awareness and raise funds to support with the valuable work they carry out.”


Suez receives silver award in Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

Suez has received the silver award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, for employing over 200 veterans and reservists.

Dr Leghorn accepted the award for Suez

The waste management company joins over 900 other employers recognised by the scheme for support for the Armed Forces Covenant since its launch in 2014.

To be considered for a silver award, organisations must provide 5 extra days leave for reservists and have in place supportive HR policies for employees who are veterans, reservists, and cadet force adult volunteers.

Dr Tracey Leghorn, chief human resources officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, collected the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony at HMS King Alfred and HMS Victory on 1 September.

Dr Leghorn said: “I have the highest respect for our Armed Forces and was delighted to receive the silver award on behalf of SUEZ. At SUEZ, we value the skills and experience that those who have served bring to enhance our organisation. We also recognise the important role we play as an employer, in supporting veterans in their transition to civilian employment and in developing a fulfilling career path.”

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