Going beyond for our communities and charities
We’re all about actively supporting our local communities and championing partner charities. It's a real core part of who we are, with lots of activity focused on going beyond to fundraise, volunteer, and just get involved. Whether it's trekking through the hills of Cambodia, running a half marathon, supporting our raffles, baking cakes for bake sales, or cycling from London to Paris – there's something for everyone to get stuck into.
We launched a two year charity partnership with Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) at the beginning of 2023. CALM are bold and innovative in their quest to unite everyone against suicide, and we hope to raise both awareness and significant funds to help finance their incredible support line service. Alongside our fundraising efforts, we’ll also volunteer our time to help spread CALM's message. And break the taboo that stops people talking about their money worries.
“With the cost-of-living crisis having a huge impact on the nation's wellbeing, our partnership with Moneysupermarket Group will be crucial in raising vital funds and awareness, allowing us to continue to be there for anyone who is struggling and reach more people in our fight against suicide.’’ Simon Gunning, CALM Chief Executive
Right now, this two-year partnership has a fundraising/donation target of £150,000 and a goal to help spread CALM’s message to as many people as possible.
Financial hardship is a key risk factor in suicidal ideation. And combine our expertise in saving money with CALM’s expertise in saving lives, and you’ve got a partnership that’s already proving to be a huge success at such a pertinent time.
How it's going
We've run a multitude of fundraisers across the year, from a golf tournament with commercial partners, a charity concert, and a weightlifting challenge, to some smaller initiatives such as a staff pancake flipping competition, clothes swaps and bake sales. Some of our colleagues have also signed up to run the Oxford and Conwy Half Marathons, with 38 colleagues setting off to trek across Cambodia.
Outside of fundraising, we’ve run four CALM Champion Workshops, where our colleagues learnt some active listening skills, about the importance of looking after themselves, as well as more about CALM’s services. The workshops also covered myth busting on suicide, talking about how to be an expert sign poster.
6 of our colleagues have volunteered at CALM events this year. And we hope to be offered more volunteering opportunities in 2024.
Launched in 2008, our Community ERG focuses on supporting smaller charities and community groups, local to our offices. In the past 18 months alone we’ve made £50,000 available for the community initiative, with funding channelled through the Charities Aid Foundation to allow us to make gross donations to registered charities.
All our colleagues can nominate a charity close to their hearts, and donations are allocated to good causes by our Community employee resource group. They've helped fund food banks, homeless shelters, and family refuges as well as books for schools and sports equipment for local clubs. We’ve also recently helped Liverpool hospital distribute stab kits into the local community in an effort to reduce fatalities from knife crime, and supported the Molly Rose Foundation, which is focused on the prevention of suicide in young people under the age of 25.
Every colleague here has the opportunity to join the Community team or any other one of our ERGs – and help make a difference to the community around them.
The MSE Charity
The MSE Charity was set up by Martin Lewis OBE, founder of Money Saving Expert, in 2008. It's dedicated to improving information and education about debt, money, and consumer issues in the UK.
They give grants of up to £7,500 to non-profit grassroot organisations across the UK, that deliver activities which will make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.
For more information, check out www.msecharity.com
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