This challenge is all about supporting good causes and, of course, getting a bit competitive.
Over the next year, our CSR programme will focus on four main themes: Employment and Education, Health and Wellbeing, Poverty and the Environment, and we’ve chosen eight charities from across these areas to benefit from the challenge.
In support of these charities, we’re asking our colleagues to cover a minimum of 5k in October and compete against each other in teams to cover the most distance possible. Whether they run, skate, walk, cycle, or scoot, the distance they, their friends and family cover, all counts towards their team's total. They’ll also have the chance to win prizes throughout the challenge.
We’re supporting eight charities in total and each will receive a donation of £10,000. Here's a bit more on our eight good causes:
Peterborough Soup Kitchen
Peterborough Soup Kitchen is a charity for homeless and disadvantaged people from in and around the city. Their aim is to ensure that anybody who turns up at a serving van receives refreshments, all year round. The charity prepares soup, hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and take away food, which are then taken by a serving van to Wellington Street car park in the centre of Peterborough. Their team of volunteers operates 52 weeks per year, six days per week, collecting, preparing and handing out food to between 35 to 60 clients each day.
La Rue Tourne
La Rue Tourne is a French charity in Paris, that raises awareness of, and supports, the homeless. The charities volunteers frequently visit schools to deconstruct the stereotypes surrounding homelessness, and to alert young people to the danger of exclusion, discrimination and loneliness. Any funds raised by BGL will be used to purchase items that will support the homeless during winter; including tents, blankets, fleeces, thermal clothing and head torches.
Up The Garden Bath
Up The Garden Bath is committed to fighting food poverty, educating future generations about gardening and recycling, creating employment opportunities, promoting health, wellbeing and environmental improvement. The charity makes gardening accessible to everyone, regardless of their demographic or physical limitations by working with local communities across Peterborough to transform run down areas that are often blighted by fly-tipping. The charity uses recycled materials such as old bathtubs, mattresses, tyres and washing machine drums to regenerate and rejuvenate local areas into pop up pollinator parks, designed to enhance inner city wildlife.
The Sensory Place is a volunteer led group in Sunderland, offering a network of support to the families of children with disabilities aged 5-18 years. The charity offers courses based on the needs of the families and works with local organisations and councils to make mainstream events more suitable. Any funds raised by BGL will go towards providing outdoor experiences in local schools to promote positive mental health among the families, as well as a sensory room for the children in East Durham.
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Matt Hampson Foundation
The Matt Hampson Foundation aims to inspire and support young people seriously injured through sport. Through their mission to “get busy living” the Foundation has created a support network of people seriously injured through sport, that help each other by sharing knowledge and experiences. Whether by helping them get back into sport or just assisting in making adjustments to their new life, the Matt Hampson Foundation are there to help and support them on their chosen path.
Star Bereavement supports children and young people in Wakefield, who are experiencing distress and trauma caused by the death of someone important to them – Mum, Dad, Carer, Brother, Sister, Grandparent, Friend etc. Star adapted its services during the pandemic and, alongside text and telephone support, they offer an online arts programme. The charity is now re-starting face-to-face group activities to help prepare children and young people for going back to school and to help support them to keep attending.
End Youth Homelessness
End Youth Homelessness works with local, smaller charities to help get homeless young people into Education, Employment and Training, the surest routes out of homelessness for good. The charity’s Employability Fund ensures young people have access to specialist coaches who help them become job-ready, access training programmes, and move on from training into sustainable careers. The charity also provides access to bursaries to help young people overcome the costs associated with getting into work and education. Our support will help young people in London and the South East.
We Make Culture
We Make Culture is a social enterprise, based in Sunderland, which provides high-quality music making activity across the city. The charity uses music-making to build people’s confidence, improve their mental health and bring communities together, as well as supporting young people across the city to get free access to instruments, support to develop their musical skills and to build careers in the music industry. We Make Culture work in schools, in communities and music venues, and target their work at people and families in the most challenging circumstances.
You can find out more about our work in the community here.