Our Charity Partnership with Leonard Cheshire – a Year in Review
It has been over a year since we formally launch our charity partnership with Leonard Cheshire so we thought it would be a good time to take a step back and review what we have achieved over the past 12 months. And giving the challenges of the pandemic, it is pretty impressive. It’s also a reflection of what a great bunch of people we have working at Meridian as this couldn’t have achieved without their support.
We have raised an impressive £8,342 over the course of the last 12 months which is amazing! Here is a breakdown of how we reached that total:
Meridian has been involved in a number of other initiatives with Leonard Cheshire where we have been able to use our recruitment expertise to help:
Last summer we took part in Leonard Cheshire’s Change 100 Internship programme which provides paid summer work placements, professional development and mentoring for under/newly qualified graduates with disabilities or long term health conditions. The programme aims to remove barriers experienced by disabled people in the workplace, to allow them to reach their full potential. In July, Sam Jones joined the HR team as an HR Assistant and despite the challenges of having to induct and train Sam remotely, he very quickly settled into the team & it was fantastic to watch him develop and grow in confidence during his placement. Sam is still working for us on a flexible basis since returning to university and we are very much looking forward to taking part in Change 100 again in 2021.
CHANGE NOW & CAN DO
These are programmes for school and college age young people with disabilities aim to provide the insight, skills and experience to prepare them for leaving education and getting a job. Due to Covid, they only started up again in virtual format in December and since that time we have presented 5 sessions including a meet the CEO session where Derek, our CEO was asked some great questions! There will be more coming up in the future for those who would like to get involved.
CHANGE 100 ASSESSMENT CENTRES
5 of our people took part in the selection process for this year’s Change 100 programme by joining the virtual assessment centres as assessors. This was a great opportunity to meet some inspirational candidates and see a fully open & inclusive assessment centre in action.
This was a fun campaign to raise awareness about disability which quite a few of our people really got behind & posted some great pictures on social!
Back in March last year just before the first lockdown, a number of our people gave up something for the day to raise money for Leonard Cheshire whilst also supporting disability awareness.
To find out more about Leonard Cheshire, please click here.