St Giles Trust – Breaking the cycle of offending
St Giles Trust (SGT) supports male and female offenders aged 15+ and their families. The aim is to help them realise their true potential and avoid re-offending, and so to contribute to a safer and more productive society. SGT works with some of the most marginalised people in society struggling with issues such as homelessness, unemployment, addiction and discrimination. Lancashire is providing not just an unrestricted donation but also is encouraging staff to mentor SGT employees.
Lancashire & International Care Ministries - Reaching the Ultra Poor
Through the experience gained over the past 20 years, International Care Ministries (ICM) has developed a holistic, community based approach to fighting poverty that produces real, sustainable and resource-efficient results. Every year, Lancashire gives eight employees the opportunity to travel to the Philippines and work alongside ICM staff for a week, providing aid and support to just a few of the nearly 100,000 ultra-poor people positively impacted by their work annually.
Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. They offer assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
Lancashire is committed to supporting MSF and we recognise the risk that their teams working on their many projects around the world take for the reward of saving lives. Our support of MSF allows them to respond when an emergency hits, and we also directly funded their work when a cholera epidemic broke out in Haiti, to help the people in Rakhine state in Myanmar and for their emergency response in South Sudan.
Family Centre is an internationally accredited Bermuda charity that provides early intervention services to children suffering from family-based problems including abuse, neglect and other emotional challenges. It runs specialised programmes and intervention initiatives working with families to provide solutions. The work involves counselling services, community programmes and advocacy and training on an island-wide basis. The Lancashire Foundation has supported the family intervention and counselling services since 2008.
Family Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary in September 2015 and in recognition of this achievement, the Foundation provided additional funding to cover the cost of a much needed replacement van for safe transporting of clients for various activities.
Tomorrow’s voices provides a high intensity early intervention programme for autistic children, and is the only programme of its kind in Bermuda and is designed to meet the individual needs of children who are diagnosed with Autism or on the Autism Spectrum between the ages of 2 and 21 years of age. The overall goal of Tomorrow’s Voices is to provide its clients with the skills to assist with their reintegration into their neighbourhood schools with minimal supervision and to provide them with a better quality of life through intervention. The Lancashire Foundation has supported Tomorrow’s Voices since 2007.
Making a difference in a day
We encourage our staff and senior management to identify a preferred cause and to then donate a day to helping them. During 2017, our people gave their time and efforts to support families who have children with life threatening illnesses, helped to feed the impoverished within our community and assisted in a maintenance project at a local Farm that provides educational, recreational and therapeutic activities to its users.
In the UK:
We spent a day assisting in transforming the roof garden of St Giles Trust into a welcoming, positive space for St Giles' clients to enjoy either as a respite from their work or as a space in which to meet their caseworkers.
We spent a day working in a warehouse for Noah’s Ark Hospice sorting through a variety of items to be distributed to their charity shops throughout North London. The money Noah’s Ark make from their charity shops helps towards providing practical and emotional support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families.
We worked alongside Fareshare to contribute with the distribution of surplus food from retailers and manufacturers out to vulnerable groups in food poverty within our communities.
We sent a team over to Vauxhall City Farm to spend the day carrying out essential maintenance to the animal enclosures. Vauxhall City Farm rely on the contribution from volunteers to ensure the Farm is in a good working condition for its staff, farm animals and its users.
We participated in the Lloyd's Community Programme Neighbourhood Games, assisting children from across the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to enjoy a fun-filled day of sports.
We volunteered to help tidy the local Nature Reserve, safeguarding Bermuda’s diverse habitats for the benefit of future generations.
We volunteered as part of a team, dubbed the “Grateful Bread”, who meet once a month to bring meals to the needy, as well as dedicating time to help out in the community with Meals on Wheels.
We participated in a number of fundraising activities, including:-
The Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation Spring Jamboree, a family event bringing literacy to life, empowering children through art;
The Bermuda Relay for Life, a unique 24 hour, overnight fundraising event that brings communities together in the fight against cancer;
The Catlin middle-to-end Walk, raising funds for dozens of Bermuda’s charitable causes;
The Give Back Games, in which companies compete in order to raise money for local charities;
The Family Centre Tag Day, raising funds to help families and children who are in need of critical support and helping services; and
Bosom Buddies “Girls Night In” fundraiser for Bermuda Cancer and Health/Breast Cancer Awareness.