As a compassionate company, Southern Water wants to do its bit to raise as much money as possible for good causes.
To ensure our charities get the most from our support, Southern Water targets its resources on two main relationships:
The application process is open to all registered charities and Southern Water employees vote for their favourites. The finalists present to a charity committee consisting of representatives from each of our company directorates and our supply chain.
Our company charity partner for 2016-18 is the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (charity number 1021367). We are delighted to be supporting the crews and team with their lifesaving work, providing acute pre-hospital care to the most critically ill and injured people.
The Trust is an independent charitable healthcare provider, funded almost entirely by voluntary donations Southern Water will be working with the Trust to raise a target of £100k over two years.
Our employees are working with the Trust on challenges and collections as well as taking part with our supply chain in our fundraising events. Find out how we helped raise money for KSSAAT at our Bewl reservoir.
You can find out more about our company charity at www.kssairambulance.org.uk.
The vast majority of Southern Water employees live in the communities they serve. Our families play on the beaches and use the water services that we provide. To reflect this close relationship, the company's expanded its fundraising scheme to support projects close to the hearts of those who work here.
Our employees vote for a regional charity partner to receive £10,000 to complete a project within 12 months that benefits their local community. Our amazing charities this year are listed below.
Beanstalk is a literacy charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. In the county last year, 33% of 11-year-olds left school without the required reading ability. We know this could affect their long-term academic success – and even their future careers. We're therefore proud to support an organisation that gives children the skills and confidence they'll need to take advantage of opportunities to progress in life.
The Southern Water grant will help the “Read and Achieve” project in Kent to support 1,500 children who are struggling with their reading. The grant will also fund the training of our own employees to become ambassadors of the pleasure of reading so they can help develop the reading skills of their own children and grandchildren.
Jessica, Year 6
St Barnabas House is a charitable hospice located in Worthing, West Sussex, which provides end of life care services to adults with advanced progressive life-limiting conditions, both at the hospice and in the local community.
Our Southern Water grant will support the rejuvenation of an existing pond in the hospice's grounds to provide a tranquil oasis for patients, staff and families to enjoy the wildlife away from the main hospice site.
We'll also provide water related information and advice to patients, carers and families to help support them in challenging times. The hospice will also provide training for our employees in dementia care so we can better help these customers.
Wendy Bardsley Community Fundraising manager
The trust works with schools, families and visitors to the New Forest providing fun retreats for inner city children, Owl Club farm activity days, education courses for adults with learning difficulties, and opportunities for local youngsters to enjoy outdoor learning.
The Southern Water grant will support the building of a bird hide, enabling visitors to watch the rich and varied wildlife at the site. The hide will also function as a wildlife classroom and feature education boards to help children with their maths and English skills.
Rachel, Little Owl's club mum to Sam (4) and Lucy (2)
Age UK IoW work with the island’s elderly residents, their families and carers providing services promoting independence, health and well being with their aim to reduce social isolation and loneliness.
Our partnership will provide the means for Age UK to run a mini bus to collect residents and transport them safely back and forth to various social clubs in Ryde, Cowes, Ventnor and Freshwater. With our support, the groups will become accessible to more people within the community, with a view to expanding the scheme in the future.
Our employees will also train as volunteer befrienders, helping support the activity clubs as well as offering information and advice regarding their water services. Our staff will also undergo training on how to help vulnerable and elderly customers as part of the Age Friendly Island Scheme.
Mrs N. - Ryde Active Networks Social Club
Find out how we worked with the team at Howletts Wild Animal Park to revamp their education centre and create a wildlife garden.