Why companies need to B-Involved in the communityMay 10th 2015
Shortlisted for Outstanding Charity Champion at the Naomi House and Jacksplace Children’s Hospice Corporate Awards, Shanie Clarke discusses why it’s important for companies to be involved in community work.
From running alongside a bed being pushed through Portsmouth collecting money in a bucket, to organising a staff dragon boat race, to singing Christmas carols in a shopping centre, my charity and community work for Bouygues UK has never been dull!
I joined the company’s community committee, ‘B-Involved’ 10 years ago. B-Involved is the Bouygues UK Construction Central South Community Committee. The aim of it is to enable all employees to fully engage with their local community. The B-Involved Committee organise various events throughout the year that all employees can take part in and one part of that is fundraising. Each member of staff is given 10 hours per annum to B-Involved.
The committee started participating in small charity events. Several years ago, we joined forces with The Rowans Hospice who became our Charity of the Year, and we have helped to raise money for them with a number of events organised both by the hospice and the members of our committee.
Within the community committee, I took on the role as main fundraiser, liaising with employees and sites to promote events and activities to gain maximum potential of money raised for the given charities, as well as enjoyment of the particular fundraising event for all involved.
As well as raising money for Naomi House and Jacksplace (our current Charity of the Year), I have also helped to raise funds for other local and national charities including ones linked to Portsmouth Football Club and charities in areas where we have built projects.
I love getting involved in all the events and get a real sense of personal achievement as well as enjoyment from seeing results
To be able to give back to the local community is so rewarding and to focus on a particular charity in the way we have means that we can make a real difference. Many of my colleagues that have taken part in fundraising events have achieved things that they may not have had the opportunity to do, such as skydive or abseil down the Spinnaker Tower. The rule is that the company will pay for the registration fees and the employee has to raise the funds with support from the company. Some have been able to run the Great South Run, which has helped to improve their health and wellbeing.
Overall it has boosted morale and the company benefits from having happier, healthier employees. It is also important that we are able to help in the communities in which we work. Our business is to create space and buildings for the community, so it is great that we are able to expand on that and further help in other areas of the community.
On behalf of Bouygues UK and my work colleagues, I am so proud that our fundraising efforts have been recognised by even being shortlisted for the Outstanding Charity Champion. I look forward to continuing my role and helping the many charities and organisations on behalf of Bouygues UK.
Tags: B-Involved, Charity, Community, Great South Run, Jacks Place, Naomi House, The Rowans Hospice