We’ve taken part in many national and local events throughout the year, including World Mental Health Day, World Smile Day, Cycling to Work Week, Eating Disorder Awareness Week and many more which are aimed at raising awareness of important subjects, helping others, and just doing good things.

And while we’re hugely passionate about supporting these events and in sharing our top tips, guidance, support and ways in which can improve our health and wellbeing, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of diverting our focus from the negatives and being grateful for all of the positive things around us.

This year we became back-of-shirt sponsors for the mighty Wolves, and have continued to sponsor the club’s Paycare Accessible Lounge – a sponsorship which has spanned more than two decades. But as you may know, we’re not only proud to be hugely involved in our local championship team, but to have remained sponsors of various local community football clubs including:

  • Wednesfield Ladies FC
  • Bilston Town FC
  • Darlaston FC
  • And many more to establish new sponsorships, such as with Black Country Fusion – the region’s first LGTB football club.

And it’s not just our local football teams that we love to support. We’re Founding Patrons of The Way Youth Zone, sponsors of Wolverhampton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Biosciences award, Libra Lee Netball Club, Staffordshire Wolves Cricket Club, and have taken part as a team in events to raise funds for Compton Hospice and the Wolverhampton Outreach Service.

Not only that, but we’ve been proud sponsors of this year’s Midlands Business & Community Charity Awards which were set up by the very inspirational Zoe Bennett, with the aim of recognising unsung heroes from across the region and giving recognition to people who always give. Phew!

As a not-for-profit organisation, the reason that we’ve been able to do all of this and give something back is because every other spare penny we receive which isn’t spent on improving our services, is shared with these charities, clubs, initiatives and the wider communities which we serve. This is how, and who, our policyholders have helped, and we’re hugely grateful.

Wolverhampton has seen some really exciting developments too, with new funding seeing new and major shops brought to the city, along with new night-life and eateries. In fact, the city was dubbed the UK’s fourth best city for start-up businesses, with entrepreneurs attracted to the lower costs of living, high broadband speeds, public transport, and much more.

We’re proud to have been based in Wolverhampton since 1874, and we’ve welcomed many positive changes. So while we look ahead into 2017, we wanted to share our positive outlook on a year gone by so quickly, and reflect on some of the exciting things we’ve been able to do, and who we’ve been able to support. It can be easy to focus on the negative things in the world and events going on around us, but it’s so important (especially at Christmas) to be truly grateful for all of the positive things we have in our lives.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and we wish you all the best for 2017.