It’s interesting how our ethos shapes our understanding. Because we want to learn more, experience more and achieve more, we can make more things happen.
So we leverage our skills and knowledge to not only get to where we want to be, but also in different ways to have a wider impact: both within Endsleigh and across our local communities.
So we continue to explore opportunities to see how best we can use our skills, both as individuals and as teams, to benefit the people and the communities in which we live and work. Right now, we have a comprehensive programme of development and support in place through our charity partnerships.
True to our passion for making learning central to everything we do, we partner with three charities for whom education is key, raising funds on their behalf all year round.
Wherever possible, we make fundraising fun. Led from the top, our fundraising efforts are planned throughout the year to raise money on behalf of our chosen charities and on National Charity days including Comic and Sport Relief, Children in Need and the British Legion Poppy Appeal.
We make sure our colleagues are empowered not only to get involved, but to also create and run their own events.
We also run regular Team Challenges that run alongside a supported programme to encourage personal, individual fundraising outside of work – a great incentive to help our colleagues raise money for causes close to their hearts.
The Fostering Network, a partnership we support on a national basis, is the voice of foster care - influencing policy and campaigning for improvements for nearly 40 years. They work with key decision makers such as government ministers, civil servants and elected representatives throughout the UK to put into place policies that are best for fostered children and foster families.
Children in care often have very poor educational outcomes. In England in 2013, only 13.2% of looked after children received 5 A*- C GSCEs including Maths and English as opposed to 57.9% of all children. Even fewer get the opportunity to go to university and continue into higher education.
Foster Carers play an essential role in improving the educational outcomes of children and young people in foster care, as well as a big and growing part of the Fostering Network.
The Fostering Network has succesfully campaigned for giving young people the right to stay with foster carers until they are 21 years old, this is a major step forward and should have a positive impact on the number of young people contemplating higher education.
In Gloucestershire, we work with the CCP who run an Education Centre that offers alternative educational opportunities for young people who have been excluded or are at risk of exclusion. A registered Independent School, the Centre engages with hard to reach teenagers and encourages them back into education. They also support 11-16 year olds and are also reaching out to primary school children who have been excluded from school.
It’s a creative environment where subjects such as art, sport, exercise, cooking and conservation help young people to understand that education can be fun and rewarding.
In Lancashire, we support this charity working in schools to improve children’s emotional wellbeing, as well as that of their families and the school community. The Place2Be was established in response to increasing concern about the extent and depth of emotional and behavioural difficulties displayed in classrooms and playgrounds. So, by giving children the chance to explore their problems through talking, creative work and play, they enable them to cope and make better-informed decisions about their lives and help prevent more serious mental health and behavioural problems in later life.
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