Carry on supporting the community where you can – that’s our message this International Volunteer Day (December 5th) 🧡
You may know that Paycare has raised more than £2.2 million to date for many good causes through various initiatives. And while 2020 has proved difficult in terms of volunteering, we are hoping to keep that community spirit alive and well as we enter the new year 🙌
CEO Kevin Rogers said normally the team would take two paid days off each year to go out and volunteer, and would also be given £250, which they are strongly encouraged to use to springboard a larger fundraising project in support of a charity of their choice.
“Giving back to the community is at the heart of everything we do at Paycare, and while volunteering has been tricky with the Covid-19 restrictions in place for much of the year, we have done our best to help out where we can. We have continued supporting causes we had existing links with, and reached out to other charities who were particularly in need of help during the pandemic.”
We wore purple for International Women’s Day (just before the first lockdown) in aid of The Haven – as well as continuing our sponsorship of the charity’s domestic abuse live chat, which sadly became even more essential during 2020 💜
We fought to reduce period poverty by distributing sanitary products intended for the Molineux toilets to local charities while the stadium was closed to fans, donated food parcels to organisations such as The Good Shepherd, won the Beacon Centre’s Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award, and just last month launched a public vote to share out £3,000 between three exceptionally deserving charities 🥕
We have continued our sponsorship of various community and professional sports teams, helping more people to find ways to stay healthy and active as well as experiencing the social (however distant) benefits of playing a sport. This has seen us become the main and front-of-shirt sponsors for Motherwell FC, and teaming up with the club to support the Scottish Association for Mental Health; announcing a two-year sponsorship of the Bilston Town Football Club kit and stand signage; and extending our support for Darlaston Town (1874) FC for another three years, as they relaunch the ground as The Paycare Stadium ⚽
And rather than giving Christmas chocolates and calendars to key contacts this festive season, the Business Development team is instead making donations to local food banks and charities within Worcester, Shropshire, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton on behalf of their contacts.
We are also sponsoring five hampers which will be sent out by Nant Ltd to their care home customers as part of their #WeCare campaign to raise money for Edward’s Trust, Cure Leukaemia and Midland Air Ambulance. And we have also sponsored a day in the Compton Care 2020 Advent Calendar, with the team being filmed for an extremely festive message reminding us all of the things that we have to be grateful for this year, to be revealed to advent calendar recipients as they open the calendar during December.
“I’d love to remind everyone that it’s not just about giving money – supporting the community can be something as simple as supporting a small local business, doing some shopping for an elderly neighbour, phoning vulnerable residents for a chat, or offering whatever skills you have – for example if you have business experience that might be useful to a charity.
“A huge thank you to our Policyholders, Partners and of course the Paycare team for their unwavering support of our community work – we are hoping restrictions will ease in 2021 and we can get back out there and continue giving our time to the causes dear to our hearts.”
Let us know what you’re planning for International Volunteer Day – or if you’re already busy organising some volunteering in 2021, we’d love to know! You can read more about what the Paycare Team have been up to on our Paycare New Blog… 😊🧡📚