Giving back to the community has always been an important part of our company ethos. Over the years, we have supported a variety of charities - these have been selected based on causes close to our employee’s hearts. In 2020, we achieved three-star rating in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For, where 95% of employees agreed that Peldon Rose actively encourages charitable activities.
Over the years we have run marathons, tackled Tough Mudder courses, and held multiple fundraisers to support national charities and organisations including Alzheimer’s Society, Comic Relief, FARA, Get Kids Going, Macmillan Cancer Support, MIND, Pancreatic Cancer UK, and MS Society.
Our local community means a lot to us, and we strive to giving something back to where our home Sterling House is based. In December 2019 we collected 1.1 tonnes of food and hygiene products for Wimbledon Food Bank. Our team also volunteered for 30 hours to help at their support centre. We supported Wrap Up London donating 94 coats, jackets, and jumpers to the Waterloo donation centre and have also worked closely with The Wimbledon Guild and Love Wimbledon.
Nurturing the next generation
In 2018, project designer Georgia Nogas and Alison Hollier visited John Whitgift School in Croydon to present at a career’s day to the design and technology students. Our team worked in partnership with the teachers and presented alongside other design professionals including Architects, and Engineers about future career opportunities stemming from design.
Georgia and Alison specifically presented about client interaction, computer skills, design finishes, and what a career in the design and build industry looks like. Students finished with a workshop focusing on colour application incorporating fabrics and finishes.
Since 2016, we have run a successful internship programme in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University. Nottingham Trent is renowned for its design school, and in line with our identity as workplace thinkers and makers, we have invested heavily in this programme. The programme has gone from strength to strength, and in 2019/20 we were proud to take on three interns for their placement year.
The programme has been well received, and we have offered two full time roles, who have recently seen career progressions from interns for Cat Lamaletie and Ellie Mumford to Project Designers.
In 2018, our CEO Jitesh Patel, and three members of the senior leadership team worked with HM Wandsworth Prison supporting a non-profit organisation called StandOut, an organisation that works to help transform the lives of people leaving prison, helping them secure employment and realise their true potential. Their role included visiting ex-offenders in prisons to share business experience such as interview techniques and personal presentation skills.
As StandOut were forming as a business, we provided their team use of our agile office space to continue to develop the business. StandOut have continued to grow and are now supporting multiple prisons within the UK.
In 2020 we created a communities and charity four-pillar framework, to enable our employees to invest into CSR in a way that they feel passionate about – time, fund raise, educate, and sustain. To enable the team to give something back, we have granted each employee with two volunteer days per year.
Our communities and charity objectives are to:
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