“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
We give everyone time off to volunteer for charities of their choice and indeed encourage this activity with extra matched holidays. As a team, we have run food banks, built kitchens, planted gardens and painted hostels and secure housing. We have taken over restaurants, walked, cycled and ran thousands of miles to raise money for the charities we support.
We celebrated reaching 50 people by raising £50,000 (which we doubled to £100,000). We will celebrate 20 years of Blackwood by donating £200,000 and planting 20,000 trees.
We are privileged to help people on the journey from the entry point to the top of their careers and to advise on the challenges, obstacles and opportunities along the way so that they may realise their best and most productive selves.
Opportunity is not always equal and, using the best of our practical and advisory expertise, we aim to support those who might otherwise struggle - either because of low income, lack of support or earlier poor decisions - to put their lives on the best track they can. As well as our own apprenticeships, we support a number of charities aimed at creating opportunities for education and employment to those so affected. We provide advice on CVs and interviewing as well as making valuable connections to companies who will provide internships or other opportunities.
Health and wellbeing
We believe that we should work to live and not live to work and that breadth of interest and pursuit informs breadth of advice.
The physical, social and mental wellbeing of our team is important to us. We provide everyone with Fitbits and financial support for gym membership or fitness programmes. We run in house yoga classes and book clubs, provide free fruit and track team mood. We provide financial incentives for people to expand their horizons: providing National Art passes and funding towards theatre tickets, travel, adventure and self-improvement.
We support a number of charities that support young people struggling with debilitating mental health problems or other social issues.