Our EMEA Implementation teams have been out and about carrying out their regular CSR activity up and down the UK supporting local charities who provide vital services to disadvantaged groups and individuals.

In Manchester the team volunteered with local organisation Food Cycle to help with their food collection.

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They helped with the delivery of the food collections for the Thursday evening ‘Bread and butter thing’ collecting food from the warehouse in Trafford Park, then on to the Langworthy Cornerstone Centre, in preparation for their freshly cooked meals later that day.

Food Cycle offer a 3-course vegetarian meal, including dessert to around 40 guests every day. They also provide food bags for some of their guests to take home, this meant the team had to carefully hand pick items that would be suitable for both cooking the meals that day and sharing in the food bags. A further consideration when it comes choosing items of food is that a large stock of fresh produce can’t be left on site. The team worked hard with the food choices, to ensure the meals would go to plan made harder as there was no specific menu to view – food choices were reliant on items donated that day, so they prioritised fruit, vegetables, cakes, bread, and water.

The Glasgow team came together to support The Moira Anderson Foundation’s and their newly opened premises in the city centre. They helped the Foundation get ready for their first Glasgow open day by preparing over 100 gift bags and cleaning the treatment rooms and offices from top to bottom in the hope that all who attend felt safe and comfortable taking part in all the therapies available.

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The Foundation which is based in North Lanarkshire, Scotland provides a place of safety and support for children and adults affected by Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Up in Aberdeen the team used their own money to group together and have a wee supermarket sweep of Lidl before dropping off the goods at local food bank ‘TLC’.

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TLC’s main aim is to be there for people in the local community who are struggling, whether that be financially or those with poor mental health and wellbeing.

For over 20 years, they have worked to alleviate the effects of poverty across the North East of Scotland through various community food initiatives and joined the Trussell Trust family of food banks in 2015.

A little bit about the charities:

Food Cycle

Their vision is to make food poverty, loneliness, and food waste a thing of the past for every community.

By creating welcoming spaces for people from all walks of life to meet, eat and have conversations, and by offering a weekly telephone Check-in and Chat, they are supporting people’s health and mental wellbeing.

Moira Anderson Foundation

The Foundation, which is based in North Lanarkshire, Scotland was launched in the year 2000 by Sandra Brown as a legacy to Moira Anderson and her family. It provides a place of safety and support for children and adults who have been affected by Childhood Sexual Abuse. They offer a number of different therapies including Integrative Talking, Play/Creative, Art and many more. All tailored for different ages and needs.

TLC

TLC’s main aim is to be there for people in the local community who are struggling, whether that be financially or those struggling with poor mental health and wellbeing.

More recently, in April 2021, they also responded to the devastating effects of loneliness and isolation on people's mental health and wellbeing, that the pandemic only exacerbated, TLC responded by working with our partners in both the public and third sector across the city to set up a befriending service to combat the effects of loneliness and isolation in Aberdeen.

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