Corporate Social Responsibility

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Social Value Delivered since April 2020

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Community CSR Projects Delivered since April 2020

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Raised for Unitas Helping Hands fund since April 2020

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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:

Half-term lunches for school children

Painting and maintenance contractor, Hankinson Group, have worked in partnership with Unitas Stoke-on-Trent and The Hubb Foundation to provide over 500 meals to children from nine schools across Stoke-on-Trent.

The company reached out to Unitas to help arrange the provision and delivery of the meals – having worked with them before to carry out maintenance and social payback opportunities.

Unitas Stoke-on-Trent, the city council’s repairs and maintenance company, connected them with The Hubb Foundation in Burslem and helped deliver the food to families.

Meals were provided to children from Hanley St Luke’s, Mill Hill Primary Academy, Oakhill Primary School, The Crescent Academy, The Meadows Primary Academy, St Augustine’s Primary Academy, Sutherland Primary Academy, Alexandra Junior School, and Stoke Minster Primary Academy.

Neil Hand, Managing Director for Hankinson Group, said: We would like to thank The Hubb Foundation for organising and producing our monetary donation into well-deserved meals for the children.”

“Giving back to the community is a large part of Hankinson’s values and culture, something which we implement into every element of our operations.

“We look forward to working alongside Unitas and delivering joint social impact initiatives in the Stoke-on-Trent area again in the near future.”

Sneyd Green Community Hub

Unitas contractors, Phoenix Gas and PM Training, provided paint and volunteers to help restore the community hall in Sneyd Green.

Rachel Forster, CSR Co-ordinator at Unitas, said: “Councillor Powell-Beckett approached Unitas after a leak in the flat roof of the hall had caused unsightly water damage along the roof.”

“We asked our contractors if they could help as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) payback, and Phoenix Gas and PM Training answered our call.”

Unitas contractor, Phoenix Gas, is a local, family-run company in Tunstall who carry out central heating replacements for Unitas, and they provided the paint and materials needed to refresh the community hall.

PM Training, an independent training provider who deliver painting, decorating and grounds maintenance works for Unitas, volunteered members of staff to carry out the painting.

Councillor Joanne Powell-Beckett, said: “I would like to express my thanks to Phoenix Gas and PM Training in both supplying all the materials, as well physically painting and decorating the Sneyd Green community hub.”

“Their generosity has given the Hub a much-needed face lift and given its current use as a testing centre, this face lift is very timely. Many, many thanks”

Helping hands

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.

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 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 special.projects@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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