Sarah was honoured to be asked to officially launch the Paradigm Impact Network in Doncaster which is already doing amazing work with young people using the performing arts to inspire them - "Changing lives, impacting on society through edu-tainment." They have great plans for the future.
For us it’s not just about ticking the corporate social responsibility box, we help where we can reflecting what we believe is important, which is that people should be inspired, be helped to achieve their aspirations – lead lives that fulfil them and maybe also change the world.
Supporting people to achieve their dreams
A lot of what we do is mentoring, particularly for people who are starting businesses. Both of us have been mentors for D100, the Doncaster scheme to support start up businesses and also Business and Education South Yorkshire’s Entrepreneur Exchange. Bob has also been a mentor for JCI members, young people who want to change the world, and for Rotherham Enterprise. Sarah has in the past mentored teenagers and taught business skills to prisoners as a volunteer as well as presenting to Princes Trust start ups. As patrons of JCI Sheffield we have sponsored the membership of new members particularly young entrepreneurs so that they can access the support, training and networking it provides.
We have given our time to train young people thinking about starting businesses.
Supporting good causes
As well as personal charitable giving we also raise funds with events like charity auctions, murder mysterys and rounders as well as giving on Charity Tuesday. The charities we have supported range from local ones like Safe@Last and the local Leonard Cheshire home, through the Master Cutlers Challenge to Nothing but Nets, the UN campaign against malaria run by JCI and even a charity trip to the North Pole. Our logo is middlish top.
For Safe@Last we sponsored the wrist bands for the Big Sleep out and we also attended the JCI dinner in Sheffield where almost £500 was raised to support the charity.
Totally differently we have sponsored the South Yorkshire Mixed Rounders League, and even attempted to play!!
Recently we have become Dementia Friends in support of the national campaign to recruit 1 million people to support people with dementia.
Supporting our local community
On a practical level we buy as much as we can locally and like to use small local suppliers and avoid big supermarkets.
Sarah is vice chair of the Parish council and we both help the village hall trust hold events. Sarah is most proud on the Parish council of initiating the campaign that has resulted in a defibrillator being installed in the village.