We are passionate about helping people reach their full potential in life. Since 2009, we have been actively involved with the Zimbabwe Rural Schools Development Programme (ZRSDP) and more recently with The Squad and Shivia. We encourage you to learn more about these three great charities and join us in supporting them.
Zimbabwe Rural Schools Development Programme
Established in 2001, ZRSDP aims to improve educational opportunities in rural Zimbabwe and to provide new facilities and resources, by working in partnership with schools and other institutions. As well as donating money, we hope to send a tutor to Zimbabwe next summer to help ZRSDP to fulfil their mission to improve educational opportunities. Promoting education around the world is something we care about deeply.
Closer to home, The Squad was founded in 1992 to provide a fun and vibrant youth club for people with learning disabilities. The Squad relies on its diverse group of volunteers to make the club enjoyable and exciting every week. Our Tuition Manager, Sophie Taylor Barthorpe, is an active volunteer and helps to run the Thursday evening club nights. She supports The Squad in organising a whole variety of activities from Backgammon tournaments to trips to the Natural History Museum and an annual residential weekend. The Squad has helped more than 100 young people and was shortlisted for Volunteer Project of the Year 2012 at the Merton Partnership Awards.
Founded in 2008, Shivia is a UK-based charity who run social enterprises and training schemes to help lift the poorest communities out of poverty through employment and additional income. To fulfil this mission, they strive to raise £350,000 each year. To date, Shivia have helped 8,000 families to rise above the poverty line through microfinancing, agricultural technology and training. We are firm believers that education goes beyond the classroom, and are proud to support a charity that develops life and business skills.