We are pleased to report that we have been working with a range of companies interested in supporting our work in unique, innovative and tailored ways.
We are always grateful to anyone wishing to support us and the people we work with. This year big thanks go to Siemens, Shaking Hands, Superdrug, Level Developments and East Croydon Cool in particular for their amazing fundraising and kind donations. From Tough Mudders, to Royal Parks, to Spin 100+10 to Bake Offs, we are grateful for every ounce of effort, every event organised and every penny raised. We were also named Charity of the Year for Centrale Shopping Centre who have supported us throughout the year, including funding our Entrepreneurship course which taught customers how to set up and run a successful business.
One of the most powerful ways we can work with companies to help break the cycle of homelessness is through work placements. These supported placements help our beneficiaries build their skills, experience and self-belief. We are pleased to have worked with Nando’s, the popular Afro-Portuguese food chain and MTR Crossrail this year. We expect this area of our work to grow in the coming year.
We are working with partners able to provide professional advice and services or supplies that we would normally have to purchase. Pro-bono support offers a way to reduce our costs whilst providing meaningful opportunities to our corporate supporters. This year we are particularly thankful to My Super Connector, Superdrug and AMP House for their in-kind support.
Bianca Miller-Cole, who joined Evolve as an Ambassador last year worked with us to launch an Entrepreneurship course for the people we work with, funded by Centrale Shopping Centre. Bianca’s profile and experience gave those on the course plenty to work with and towards as they progressed through it. We were delighted to be able to work with Natterbox, GTT Solutions and Startup Croydon to deliver workshops across 12 weeks, and Bianca returned at the end of the course to hear the business pitches of those who completed the course, and hand out Certificates of Entrepreneurship.
As our portfolio expands so too does our capacity to provide meaningful volunteer days for our corporate supporters which provide tangible benefits to the people we work with. In particular this year we worked with Blake Morgan, where 12 trainees and lawyers spent the day talking and painting with our beneficiaries whilst revamping the young people’s lounge at Ingram Court. At Evolve we really feel that providing a homely community space for the people we work with is an important way to build a sense of shared community and respect.
Equally, thanks to teams at Natterbox and Superdrug for helping us sort and deliver 700 Christmas presents across London, and for volunteers from Start Up Croydon, Centrale, GTT Solutions, Sussex Innovation Centre and Natterbox for supporting our work + learning program.