Capita has been praised for its work to help community groups and organisations in North Tyneside.
The company, the North East’s largest consultancy provider, has received a Bronze Community-Friendly Business Award for its support of VODA’s (Voluntary Organisation Development Agency) Sector Connector initiative.
Funded by North Tyneside Council, the scheme brings together the local community with businesses who are invited to help them in a variety of ways, ranging from donating time and skills to offering goods and facilities.
Capita’s involvement through Sector Connector has included:
Tidying and painting at Tynemouth Blind Welfare Society
Supporting VODA’s National Citizen Service programme, which included employees joining a ‘Dragons’ Den’-style panel that helped young people develop their ideas for social action projects
Volunteering at the Rising Sun Farm and developing a new brand for the organisation
Developing a new brand for West Moor Residents’ Association.
North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn presented Capita’s Community Engagement Coordinator Abigail Westgate with a certificate to mark the company’s work to date.
Capita Business Director Richard Carmichael said: “Capita is committed to investing in the communities within which it works. So far this year, our staff on North Tyneside have provide over 600 hours of their time on volunteering – I’m really proud of their efforts. The Sector Connector initiative has been an effective way for us to link in with the local community and we’re delighted to have received this recognition.”
Ian Dougall, Supported Volunteering Manager at VODA, said: “Sector Connector is all about helping businesses to become more involved in their communities. I have found Capita staff to be enthusiastic about sharing their skills, time and resources to help local voluntary groups. Capita has clearly demonstrated its commitment to the community of North Tyneside.”
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