As always with the Genuine Solutions Group, we put charity and community support at the heart of what our companies do. One of our core values for the group is Responsible – we believe that we cannot be successful if we do not care about the environment and the communities around us. Another core value is Supportive and so this leads us to think of others who are not as fortunate ourselves.
As we head into 2020 it’s sad to have to bid farewell to the four charities we had the pleasure of supporting over the past two years – Thames21, The British Heart Foundation, Dementia UK and Momentum Children’s Charity. But we can say with great pride that during that period we raised over £50,000, which will help make the lives of those who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances just that little bit better.
As we say our farewells, we also get the opportunity to announce and welcome three new charities that we have chosen to support. These charities all fit exceptionally well with our values and focus on areas that support our vision of protecting the planet and protecting those that live on it.
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. We believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone.
Mind listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner. If you’re experiencing a mental health problem, supportive and reliable information can change your life. That’s what mind do. They empower people to understand their condition and the choices available to them.
Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.
As the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches, the time is long overdue for a global outpouring of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to create a new plan of action for our planet. Earth Day 2020 can be the catalyst that galvanizes an unparalleled global collaboration.
Mayor's Charitable Trust
The Mayor’s Charitable Trust’s main objective is to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage living within the administrative area of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the surrounding area.
Each year the Mayor selects local charities that they wish to raise awareness and fundraise for during their 12 months in office. The current Mayor has chosen to support Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) and Oxygen.
Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL)
KCIL is a user-led organisation based in Kingston founded over 50 years ago, supporting disabled people to live full and successful lives and empower local disabled people by removing barriers which prevent them from living to the full.
The charity offers a range of high-quality services from disability-related information, advice and support, to individual, tailor-made assistance to people using Direct Payments and Personal Health Budgets to support themselves to live their life their way.
KCIL also provides support with personal budgets for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
KCIL has a small grants scheme for disabled people who live in the Royal Borough of Kingston and are members of the charity to support disabled people to access holidays, equipment or education.
Oxygen is an award-winning youth work charity which was started by young people in Kingston in 2001. The charity conducts a range of youth work projects in and around the borough of Kingston upon Thames focussed on helping disadvantaged and marginalised young people achieve their full potential. This includes working with young people at risk of exclusion from school or involvement in crime and antisocial behaviour.
Oxygen’s What’s the Point? knife crime prevention project is recognised and supported by the London Mayor’s Office, the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office.
The project involves youth workers going into schools and communities to work with small groups of young people and equip them to teach their wider peer group about knife crime. The project looks at knife crime from all angles and educates young people about the dangers of carrying knives.