Avonside Group takes its commitment to the wider community seriously. We believe it’s important to offer something back to the communities that we live and work in through our UK wide network of branches.
We have invested in young people across the UK through our Apprenticeship programmes and we continue to train and develop all of our people and their career development.
In terms of the wider community, we are committed to working with the less advantaged sectors of society, in particular working with our nominated partners Lighthouse Charity and Emmaus, and supporting their work with mental healthissues within the Construction Industry and homeless people and communities across the UK respectively.
We also take an interest in the Arts sector, where we have sponsored a young musician of outstanding promise.
We are dedicated to site and occupational health and safety and strives to be the employer of choice, we are committed to the safety of all of our people.
Informally, we encourage many of our wonderful members of staff in their local efforts to raise funds for local causes.
External projects that we are currently involved in are:
• Young Enterprise
• Evolve Trust
• Under 25’s Mental Health Groups
• Cinnamon Trust
• Careers Transmission Partnership
• 5% Club
• Partnered Charities Lighthouse Charity Emmaus
• Careers days and events e.g. CV Writing and Interview Skills
Avonside Group is proud to have partnered up with Emmaus UK as our chosen charity and will participate in fundraising activities for Emmaus UK throughout the year.
Their vision: A world in which everyone has a home and a sense of belonging
Emmaus is a homelessness charity with a difference. They don’t just give people a bed for the night; they offer a home, meaningful work and a sense of belonging.
For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of their experience. Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless.
Finding your way out of that situation isn’t easy, particularly when the only options available are temporary fixes, offering a bed for the night but little to occupy your days.
Emmaus is different because it provides a home for as long as someone needs it, in an Emmaus community. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.
“Companion” is the name given to those who live in an Emmaus community and work in the social enterprise, where they support themselves and one another. There are currently 640 companions living at 25 Emmaus communities across the UK, with a further three communities set to open in 2015.
Rather than relying on benefits, Emmaus uses social enterprise to generate revenue that pays for companions’ home, food and upkeep, as well as providing a small weekly allowance. This is key to restoring feelings of self-worth, showing companions that their actions make a real difference, both to their own life, and the lives of others.
Their social enterprises include charity shops selling second-hand and upcycled furniture, bric-a-brac and clothing. There are also cafes, removal services and gardening projects.