Throughout December 2020, GreenSquare pledged to give money to six charities as part of a campaign to donate funds usually set aside for Christmas festivities.
Staff on the company’s Colleague Forum – made up of representatives from across the organisation – made the decision to donate the money to a range of charities across GreenSquare’s three areas of operation (Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire) whose work links to its core purpose of providing housing and support to those who need it.
Robert Bell, Senior Customer Services Officer and member of GreenSquare’s Colleague Forum, said: “2020 has been a tough year for so many. With the usual Christmas lunches and parties cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the idea to donate the money we would normally spend on our festive celebrations to good causes instead really resonated with our colleagues.”
The Colleague Forum chose a list of charities, and each week staff in December staff had the chance to vote for who they’d like to receive a donation. Robert continued: "The causes we are donating to are helping the communities we work in, providing valuable support to many of our customers who, like lots of people out there, are facing increased struggles and hardship this year."
One of the recipients, who will receive a £1,000 donation, is Gloucestershire-based charity, The Wiggly Worm. It runs courses and workshops in local communities where people learn practical kitchen and cooking skills, or simply share and enjoy a meal and friendship.
Due to recent circumstances, the Wiggly Worm has moved some of their cooking courses online to ensure their participants can still access their support. These funds will allow young people with learning difficulties to join their new online course this February half-term.
Operations Director of Wiggly Worm, Joanna Scott, said: “Research from national and local organisations during 2020, highlighted that isolation experienced due to home confinement during the pandemic has had a profound impact upon the physical, and mental health, of children and young people with learning and disability needs.
"Our new online ‘cook-along’ projects provide a lifeline to so many people and the donation from GreenSquare is a significant boost to our work.”
About The Wiggly Worm
The Wiggly Worm is one of Gloucestershire’s leading food charities. We run courses and workshops in local communities where people learn practical kitchen and cooking skills, or simply share and enjoy a meal and friendship. Anyone is welcome to join in peeling, chopping, cooking, washing up and eating together. Projects include one-off community sessions, weekly courses and longer-term learning programmes for individuals and groups across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. Our participants include people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, including people who experience physical and mental health issues and learning disabilities. For more information visit www.thewigglyworm.org.uk