By the very nature of what we do, we’re helping local people. Whether we’re placing a candidate into a new role, supporting a nervous job seeker find a job, or helping a client fill a vacancy with the perfect team member. We are proud of the fact that our work makes so much difference to people.
But we, as a team and as individuals, like to go further than that too. We’re always looking for opportunities to make a difference in our local communities, not just in a work capacity, but outside of that too.
That’s why we thought this month we’d like to talk a little bit about the kind of things we’ve been up to. Of course, if you follow us on Facebook you might already have spotted some of this going on.
What can be better than getting kids into sport and giving adults the opportunity to keep doing what they love? There are so many benefits to grass roots sports, not least building teamwork and resilience and even picking up some key leadership and organisational skills to add to the CV.
That’s why support of sports clubs has always been a priority of ours ever since our MD John, a long-time supporter of Lydney RFC, offered the club sponsorship many years ago. Since then his son and grandsons have played for the club and Nu Staff has sponsored the kit for numerous successive years. You will even see our board around the ground.
Not that it’s all about rugby, but we also took part in the 30:30 challenges for the Gloucester Rugby Community Charity in 2018, raffling off prizes donated by our clients, local companies and our team. This great event raised £500 to enhance people's lives through sport, with a particular focus on those with social and other disadvantages.
Caring for our communities
In the midst of the pandemic last year, NHS staff across the UK were working tirelessly to tend to the sick. We can never thank them enough for everything they’ve done this past 18 months, but we wanted to do what we could. That’s why, during Easter 2020 we surprised staff at the Prince of Wales Hospital, as well as carer and residents at Linc Cymru’s Wellwood House, with Easter eggs to show them our appreciation.
We have also donated to charity raffles that take place in the local area. And we even took part in the scarecrow trail in Portskewett, in Monmouthshire, a few years ago. Residents in the local area made scarecrows and encouraged visitors to come and see their handiwork. All money raised from the trail went to a primary school in the area. Lynne, our administrator, volunteered to host the scarecrow in her front garden so the team got busy creating a fabulous pirate scarecrow to wow the crowds.
From South Wales and Mid Glamorgan to the Forest of Dean and into the North of England, our branches cover a wide variety of areas and our staff can be found doing their bit in their local communities.
During the tough lockdown one last year, our lovely operations director, Lisa Redmore-Elliott, took it upon herself to go door to door delivering masks, KitKats and mugs to neighbours who were isolating. Many of those she visited were too afraid to go out as they didn't even have a mask and were unsure how to get one. They were so grateful to see a cheery face.
Fast forward a year and this March our Bridgend branch manager, Pam, walked 100KM to raise money for the Dementia UK Dog walk Challenge.
Supporting local businesses
Of course, we get to know and work with many local businesses through the services we offer, and we see the challenges they face day to day. That’s why we always make sure we choose local where we can. From graphic designers and web developers, to print services and even Friday breakfasts and Christmas dos, we’ll always select a local supplier or caterer.
What’s more in 2019 and 2020 Nu Staff sponsored the Small Business Award at the Forest and Wye Business Awards, because it’s important to us that the small businesses around us are thriving.
We want to do more
When the time is right and it’s safe to do so, we’ll be looking for more ways to give back to our communities. So if you have any ideas up your sleeve we’d love to hear them.