Our CSR in 2023!

2023 has been a BUSY year when it comes to, well everything.

When it comes to our Corporate Social Responsibility, we came into the year with BIG ambitions. We wanted to do more than ever for our community and our city, and we’re very proud to say that our team has absolutely SMASHED it!

In no particular order, these are our CSR Successes of 2023

Apprentices

Over the year, we took on six new Apprentices as well as celebrating Nathan Heron as our Apprentice of the Year. Nathan was also recognised by Stoke-on-Trent College as one of their Apprentices of the Year and made the final of the Housing and Building: Mechanical and Electrical category of the APSE Apprentice Awards 2023

image shows Nathan, a young black man dressed in a grey jumper with a high-visibility vest on. To his right is Stephen, a tall white man in a suit and to his left is Cllr Chris Robinson, a white man in a suit wearing a Stoke-on-Trent City Council ID badge.

Unitas FC

In February, we entered a team into the Lord Mayors’ Charity 5-a-Side Football Tournament. Unitas FC (who had never played together before) came THIRD – out of twenty-five – and won the prize for the most goals scored on the day, helping then Lord Mayor Faisal Hussein to support his two chosen charities, Brighter Futures and The Hubb Foundation.

Image shows seven men. Six of these are wearing blue football kits which say Unitas on them. The seventh man is standing in the centre and is wearing a bright yellow football kit and is wearing thick white gloves.

Cancer Research UK

Our Chosen charity for the 2022/23 year was Cancer Research UK. By way of clothing and household items collections, sponsored events, sales and a LOT of baking, we raised over £8,000.00 for the vital work they do.

Image shows a white lorry with Units written on the side. At the back of the van are four people and a small van. The people are holding carrier bags which say Cancer Research UK on them.

School Projects

Over the summer, we visited Ash Green Primary School in Trentham to create a vegetable garden and worked with some of the children to make bird boxes and bee hotels.

Image shows a man and two children sitting around a table. They are looking at a project they are working on and not at the camera

Manna House

Manna House, which provides food, clothing and care for the homeless and vulnerable, is our chosen charity for 2023. Over the course of the year, we’ve donated 100 Easter Eggs and we’ve helped to facilitate renovations to their kitchen.

Image shows three people, two men and a woman, standing by a roll-up banner which says Manna House on it. By their feet are a selection of Easter Eggs and chocolates.

Potters ‘Arf

We also took part in the Potters ‘Arf on behalf of Manna House, raising over £400.00 between our eight runners and walkers.

Image shows four white people, three women and a man, smiling towards the camera.

Litter Picking

Over the course of the year, our team have given up countless lunchtimes to litter-pick and tidy the area around our Northwood Depot. We’ve collected over 30 bags of rubbish and ensured that the paths in and around River Trent Park stay clean and tidy for the many walkers who use the area.

Image shows Rachel, a white woman, wearing a high visibility vest and holding a litter picking stick, and Anne, a white woman wearing a red coat and blue plastic gloves, also holding a litter picking stick. In front of them are two full and bulging bags filled with litter.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is our community fund, raised from the sale of scrap metal. Community projects and charities based in Stoke-on-Trent can submit an application for our help at any time and for any project. During 2023, we’ve given cheques to:

Impact Boxing

Image shows two individuals, a man and a woman, standing in front of a boxing ring. They are holding a giant cheque.

Baddeley Green Hedgehog Rescue Centre

Ball Green Bulldogs Under 15’s Football Team

Milton Under 12’s Football Team

Stoke Amateur Theatre Society

Image shows a large group of children and young adults. At the front of the group, two people are holding a giant cheque.

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