Corporate Social Responsibility
Social Value Delivered since April 2020
Community CSR Projects Delivered since April 2020
Raised for Unitas Helping Hands fund since April 2020
About Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Unitas
Welcome to our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) webpage
Unitas is committed to its social, environmental and economic responsibilities. Unitas is a value-led organisation that is clear about its role within wider society. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people and the communities in which they live. We aim to achieve this by providing decent housing and related services, improving existing homes and working with a range of partners to benefit the community.
Unitas is committed to improving our local communities and maintaining the city council’s housing stock to ensure we provide decent homes to those in need.
Year on year we will invest millions of pounds through planned projects to improve the housing assets across the city. Our commitment to CSR will be evident through the engagement we have with our workforce and in our local communities. It is also reflected in the investment we continue to make in our environmental approach with an emphasis on protecting and enriching our environment.
Our belief in these principles is reflected in both our vision and our approach to business planning and continuous improvement.
How we will make an impact
Within these four areas there are also a number of action areas we have identified that will have the most impact:
Dougie Mac Trent Vale Shop
Unitas Stoke on Trent Ltd supplied materials and provided labour at cost price to fully fit out an empty shop in Woodberry Close, Trent Vale.
Arrangements were made and work started quickly so that Dougie Mac could open the shop as soon as possible to maximise on profits. Unitas provided 2 qualified joiners who both completed the work to a very high standard within 3 days. Andy Wright and Richard Howshall were the joiners that carried out the shop refurbishment works.
The work completed at the shop included:
1. Supply and fixing 60 shelving units in the shop
2. Setting up and fixing shop racking
3. Creating storage units for stock bags
4. Installing a kitchen area and worktops for staff/volunteers wellbeing.
On 22 August 2019, the newly fitted out shop opened and has been successfully raising vital funds for Dougie Mac.
On 6 March 2020 Erica Deaville and Rachel Forster attended the Dougie Mac Partnership Awards. There were various awards presented on the day, one being Supplier Excellence. Many businesses offered reduced prices or complimentary labour / materials, this award recognised the significant impact it makes to the hospice’s expenditure. Unitas received the commendation award (runner up).
Norton Sports & Social Club
Wheelchair users now have easier access to a social club thanks to a £23K Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project.
Unitas managed and directed contractors to install an access ramp at Norton Central Social Club, in Knypersley Road.
Carson Powell Construction Limited provided their CSR payback to the community in the form of labour, installing slabs, the ramp and handrail and painting the handrail.
Emerys Builders Merchants donated all building products, such as slabs, sand and cement, and MGH Site Services manufactured the handrail.
Eddie Chell, club secretary, thanked Unitas and all the companies who contributed to getting the work completed at no cost to the club. He added: “The new disabled ramp is great for people with wheelchairs, who always found it difficult to get in as they had to wait for us put the portable ramp out. It is also a benefit for the older members, who now don’t have to worry about two steps to get into the club late at night and when it’s raining. Our next project is to get the disabled members upstairs and a lift will be required.”
Unitas Helping Hands
About the fund
The Helping Hands Fund is a fund set up with the following objectives:
• To enhance and engage the local communities within which we work.
• To invest and empower our residents, service users and the local community to create a positive impact.
The fund is made up from money received from weighing in scrap metal and holding fundraising events. Local people, community groups and charities can apply for funding, materials, volunteers or sponsorship (donations / advertising) to help make a change in their local area.
• Is the project based in Stoke-on-Trent?
• Does the project/event address community/social issues?
• Does it offer provision for the residents of Stoke-on-Trent?
• Is the project based/run on a council estate?
• Is the property council owned?
• Who will benefit from the project/event?
• What difference will the project/event make?
• Is there partnership working with other groups/organisations?
How it works
We have funds, materials and skills available to help fund community-based projects and these can be applied for through our application process.
There is no limit to what you can apply for as each project will be assessed on an individual basis. So tell us how you’d like us to help and we’ll be in touch.
The application process
Before your application can be granted, there are a few things we must do before we can approve any applications.
Helping Hands Step 1
If you feel you or your organisation has a project that could benefit from the Helping Hands Fund, firstly check that you/your project meet the criteria set out below and also detailed within the application form.
Helping Hands Step 2
Once you’re happy that you/your project meets the criteria, simply fill in the Application Form and once completed, send the form to one of the team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed at the end of each month and you will be advised of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks of it being reviewed.