Corporate Social Responsibility

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Social Value Delivered since April 2024

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Community Project Delivered since April 2024

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Helping Hands funding awarded to community groups since April 2024

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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.

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How we will make an impact

Our CSR Strategy aims to integrate responsible practises into everything we do; it has four core commitments which have been developed to reflect our mission, values and objectives, namely:

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Within these four areas there are also a number of action areas we have identified that will have the most impact:

Biker Down

We’re thrilled to say that Helping Hands has given a £500 donation to Biker Down Staffordshire, a voluntary organisation who give free first aid, safety and accident prevention training to motorcyclists.

 

Biker Down was established by the friends and colleagues of PC Luke Van De Sande who died in August 2019 while motorbiking with friends. Rob Gilligan, a recently retired Motorway Patrol Sergeant, established the organisation and now runs it alongside a team of volunteers, many of whom are serving Police Officers, in Luke’s memory.

 

Biker Down don’t receive any funding, so it’s been a delight to help. Our donation will provide 100 life-saving tourniquets which will be included as part of a first-aid kit which each participant in Biker Down’s training sessions receives

Keep Britain Tidy Week

Our Environmental Group is very proud of the work they do to collect litter around our Northwood Depot. This year, so far, we’ve done two lunchtime litter picks and we’re looking forward to adding to that number over the coming months.

Last year, we did seven litter picks, collecting 18 sacks of rubbish from Northwood and the River Trent Footpath.

in 2024, our plans are just as ambitious. We recently gave up a lunchtime to collect rubbish as part of the National “Bin Bag Challenge” of the Keep Britain Tidy Organisation. 

 

Hit play on the video opposite to see our work so far! 

Manna House

We were delighted to donate 100 Easter Eggs to our friends (and chosen charity) Manna House in April 2024 to ensure the homeless community in Stoke-on-Trent had an Easter gift.

Manna House do vital work from their base in Hanley, offering food parcels, showering facilities, access to a nurse and counselling services to the homeless and vulnerable community.

Unitas Helping Hands

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.

Eligibility Criteria

•   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 to help fund community-based projects.

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 governance@unitas.co.uk.
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.

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Apply for Unitas Helping Hands

To apply for Unitas’ helping hands fund you can either apply online, or you can download our application form by clicking the download button below.

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