Charities are central to life in Britain. From shops and shelters, from bucket collections to TV fundraisers, charity work is woven into every level of our society.
The Royal Mail Group’s ethos “be positive, be brilliant, be part of it” is expressed in its fundraising and its charity work. Louise Brinklow, PA to the Operation Director says that Parcelforce Worldwide’s fundraising efforts “brings people, departments, depots and Hub’s together in such a supportive way. Our employees, contractors and agency staff are incredibly positive, totally brilliant and pretty much everyone is a part of it. It gives us a huge sense of pride to be Parcelforce Worldwide!”
Online Safe Spaces
We’re proud to announce that Royal Mail Group has developed and launched ‘Online Safe Spaces’ - a free service to support victims of domestic abuse. The concept is the brainchild of RMG Senior Legal Advisor Charlie Ryan and Hawkrose Ltd MD Rob Fern, following their involvement in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers – Global Legal Hackathon Challenge (which asked participants to produce the most pioneering solutions to societal problems posed by the Covid-19 crisis). Our in-house IT team did an excellent job in bringing the concept to life.
What is it?
‘Online Safe Spaces’ is a discreet portal that can be installed on both internal and external company websites. It has a short questionnaire to determine a person’s domestic abuse risk and provides a variety of helpful support, advice and contact information to those at risk of or experiencing domestic abuse – including when to dial 999, national helplines, local support groups and further useful links. It also features a quick exit button and leaves no internet history, ensuring the safety of those using the service.
The unique service is the product of a collaborative partnership with the crisis charity, Hestia, as part of Hestia’s ‘UK SAYS NO MORE’ campaign; and abuse experts from University of Bristol. The term ‘Safe Spaces’ aligns with ‘UK SAYS NO MORE’, which provides physical Safe Spaces in retail premises for victims of domestic abuse. Participants so far include Boots, Superdrug and Morrisons.
The new ‘Online Safe Spaces’ portal – the first of its kind – is accessible from our own external and internal websites (i.e. Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide) from 26 August 2020. The service reinforces RMG’s Domestic Abuse Guide, which provides all employees with information, and directions to support services plus guidance for managers and colleagues who suspect a team member may be at risk of, or is experiencing, domestic abuse.
We’re also offering the ‘Online Safe Spaces’ portal software free to any corporate organisation that would like to support the cause.
Action for Children
Action for Children helps disadvantaged and disabled children across the UK. Through providing assistance with fostering and adoption, early intervention to stop neglect and abuse, and policy work, their hardworking staff improves the lives of 301,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. For more information and to find out how you can help them, click here.
Action for Children fundraising efforts:
In 2018 the Parcelforce Worldwide Ops Challenge raised £ 48,569.66 for the charity, with activities and events that took place throughout the UK. There were many highlights. Here are just a few:
- Fishing for Funds, Preston - Nigel Williams of Preston depot did an amazing job organising a charity fishing competition. Nigel arranged for raffle prizes, trophies and a lunch following the competition and raised £556
- MK to Leicester (and back) - Simon Aris (RGM East) headed up a team of cyclists to bike from Parcelforce Worldwide Milton Keynes to Leicester. And back. Nick Wilcox, Kevin Kavanagh, Paul Wiggett, Mark Eady, Ian Coleman and Darren Harby were supported by Lee & Willis Cluer during their gruelling 138 miles - achieving this incredible feat in an impressive 9 hours
- Super Solent - A raft of activities at the Solent depot raised £1,438.16. Some of which were non-uniform day, fortune cookie and cake sales, Shoot the Boss (Bob Watts), name a van and abseiling. Congratulations to everyone at Solent
- Northern Ireland pulls together - Eileen Fitzsimons of Belfast expertly coordinated NI Parcelforce Depots - Belfast, Portadown and Derry. Supporting and encouraging everyone taking part, Eileen oversaw everything from an Easter Basket Raffle, sponsored cycle and the raffle of a Mother’s Day hamper
Parcelforce's fundraising efforts were recently recognised at the Royal Mail Group's Chairman's Awards for Excellence 2018 where we won 2 categories including the most money raised per head.
In 2019 we're aiming to go even bigger and better, with a raft of fundraising activities currently underway, including our Business Development Manager Warren's epic 'Pass the Parcel' challenge: Warren is travelling the length and breadth of the UK in just 10 days, visiting all our depots, hubs and offices to raise money, and collecting items for a special charity auction along the way.
How has all this fundraising helped Action for Children? Introducing…
The Blues Programme
The Blues Programme, funded exclusively by Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide, is an internationally acclaimed preventative course for people aged 13-19 years-old who are suffering from, or who are at risk of developing a mental health disorder. 75% of adults with lifelong mental health issues first experience symptoms by 18.
The Blues Programme aims to reach thousands of young people who are at risk of developing depression and other mental health issues, and make sure they get the help they need. This year, they’ll be working with selected schools, colleges and sixth forms to introduce the programme. Their ambition over the next year is to fund the roll-out of ‘Blues’ across the UK. Find out more.
Rowland Hill Fund
Rowland Hill Fund was set up for current and former employees of the Royal Mail Group who need a helping hand in difficult and traumatic circumstances That might be due to bereavement, illness, a struggle with family disabilities, home eviction, flood or paying for a funeral. Find out more.
Rowland Hill Fund fundraising efforts:
Staff can either donate directly or have a regular contribution automatically donated from their salaries. Staff at Parcelforce are looking to hold a week of awareness raising in September led by Rowland Hill Ambassadors, followed by a fundraising week in mid-October to support the charity and, in turn, help our own.
Fundraising efforts began in November for ocular melanoma charity OcuMel UK. Ocular melanona is a rare form of eye cancer that has unfortunately affected one of our colleagues. Efforts to raise money for OcuMel UK have included an eye patch day, raffles and a sponsored four-and-a-half hour walk one weekend in November.
We have also raised money this year for Willen Hospice, a charity that provides free care to people affected by life limiting illness, and is close to our Head Quarters location in Milton Keynes.
Other ways our staff help out
It’s not just fundraising either. Parcelforce Worldwide staff give more than just money to good causes, getting active and involved in their communities:
- Using the train station as a collection point, staff in Milton Keynes collected and distributed clothes, toiletries, food and drink to the homeless.
- There’s also been Individual fundraising for charities including Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Cancer Research UK.
- Some depots have been providing free labour, helping clear and improving land.
Want to join in?
Parcelforce Worldwide are always looking for likeminded people who live their values and want their job to reflect that. From hub to headquarters, if you’re willing to go the extra mile, why not see if we have a position right for you? Visit our careers page.