Here at Britannia Living we have been running initiatives to support our charity of the year, Together Trust. Our charity partner does terrific work in the North West helping more than 2,300 young people and adults with emotional, behavioural, physical and learning conditions to experience an equal chance at life.
We got a first-hand glimpse at some of the imaginative and creative people the Together Trust supports when we gave students at Together Trust schools – Ashcroft School, Bridge College and Inscape House School – the task of submitting food-inspired pictures. The colourful drawings were then printed on a special, one-of-a-kind range cooker which we have been taking on the road with us to help raise awareness of the fantastic work the charity does.
To further spread the message, we recently took a moment to chat with senior fundraiser, Jennifer Sweeney, to find out a bit more about our charity of the year partner.
1. What is your role with Together Trust?
Hi there, my role is Senior Fundraiser and I look after all corporate partnerships here at the Together Trust including acquisition, retention and relationship growth. I’ve been here just over a year now and absolutely love it. The best part about my job is working with a great bunch of people for a company with a real purpose and valuable mission.
2. What projects have you been involved in as Senior Fundraiser?
A large chunk of my time is spent researching and approaching businesses to develop new partnerships. Corporate relationships are really important to us because they support us in getting our name out there and helping the public understand what we do.
Since I took over the role I have been heavily involved in the creation and development of the Corporate Support section on the website, which has been key in developing new corporate relationships – such as Britannia Living.
3. Can you give examples of where money is spent?
Charitable donations go toward a whole host of things including musical and IT equipment, sensory rooms and specially adapted living areas. Most recently we were able to purchase a mini bus thanks to donations from one of our corporate partners. Further donations will help us to continue to provide support to disadvantaged young people.
4. Students at Ashcroft School, Bridge College and Inscape House School designed a colourful and creative range cooker for us. Can you tell us more about the Together Trust schools?
The independent schools cater for children and young people with a range of individual barriers to learning such as disabilities, complex needs, communication disorders and autism. Here we look after students from as young as four and, in the case of Bridge College, up to the age of 25. The schools are based in Manchester and Stockport and benefit greatly from donations and volunteer support.
5. How can people get involved and help the Together Trust?
People and organisations can get involved in a number of ways. We are always on the lookout for new volunteers and new ways of fundraising. Also, local consultancies can offer pro bono support by sharing skill-sets, such as Barclays adapting life-skills courses. These ‘work ready’ initiatives can help prepare our students as they look to transition from school to working life. Finally, we have annual events such as the ‘Legends’ Dinner’ and ‘It’s a Knock Out’ which are really great, fun ways to raise money and provide people with opportunities to donate.
If you’d like to keep up-to-date with the work that we do with Together Trust follow us on Twitter or like our page on Facebook, or if you’d like to make a donation to our #CookingWithKindness campaign head over to our JustGiving page.