Haven Power Powering the Community
At Haven Power, we’re really proud that our community engagement programme allows us to work closely with local and national charities, and nearby schools.
We’ve partnered with two fantastic causes this year: our friends at Eden-Rose Coppice Trust and the national mental health charity Mind. Choosing to equally divide our fundraising and volunteering efforts between the two reflects our long-standing local commitment and the company’s emphasis on the wellbeing of all staff.
As a newly recognised ‘Cornerstone Employer’, we’re helping young people at two local schools – Ipswich Academy and Westbourne Academy – to prepare for the world of work. This includes attending careers fairs and other events related to getting and retaining jobs, plus contributions to the schools’ Science, technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) lessons. As our community work grows, we want to share our progress – welcome to our new feature: Powering the Community.
See what we got up to in May below:
Regular volunteering at the Wood
This month, 11 volunteers from Haven Power got their hands dirty at Brickmakers’ Wood – part of Eden Rose Coppice Trust. As ever, our volunteers helped with the charity’s work of turning this once-neglected woodland in the heart of Ipswich into a beautiful space for those with life-limiting illnesses.
On our monthly volunteer days, charity founders Rob Brooks and his daughter Jo set new tasks for our willing colleagues. From clearing away overgrownI areas to planting shrubs and building ponds, wood sheds and more, we’ve helped in many different ways. The May challenge involved extending the path to the pond, an area of the wood that has transformed dramatically since Haven Power helped build the pond in 2018.
Running from one wood to another
In addition to our volunteer days, colleagues also like to take part in various fundraising events for Mind and Eden Rose Coppice Trust. On 19th May 2019, 9 Haven Power colleagues (plus a guest) ran a 10k road race around the streets of Suffolk town Woodbridge. By gaining sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues, the group raised over £1000.
Stone Foundation Pre-Tenancy Training
Haven Power also works closely with The Stone Foundation, the housing and tenancy support charity in Ipswich. We help provide the vulnerable people it supports with Pre-Tenancy Training, giving independent tenants of the future the skills they need to sustain and maintain a tenancy.
The Stone Foundation’s Elaine Thomas said, “For many people, moving into their first property can be very daunting. The skills support provided by the team at Haven Power is always well-received and gives new tenants the confidence they need to live an independent life.”
Elmer’s Big Parade
June 15th marks the start of “Elmer’s Big Parade, Suffolk” – a local fundraising event for local charity St Elizabeth Hospice. Various Suffolk businesses have sponsored one of over 50 colourfully-decorated elephant statues that will be on display around Ipswich in a fun-to-explore art trail.
Keep an eye out for our social media updates as we launch our sponsored Elmer design and announce its exact location. We’ll also be hosting many more activities, as we look to raise plenty of money for the Hospice.
This month we raised over £1300 for our two charities, including the contribution from the Woodbridge 10k runners. In addition, we had our annual raffle to win two pairs of FA Cup Final tickets – obtained thanks to our partnership with Suffolk FA – and collection for dress-down Fridays.
This brings our yearly fundraising total to date to £3000, while this month’s volunteering time – 92 hours – bring our running total to 400 hours.
Look out for next month’s edition, with updates from a (hopefully!) sunny Brickmakers’ Wood volunteer day, our quarterly quiz night. and working sessions with some local primary schools.
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