Working within the community is far more than a set objective we need to fulfil - it's simply part of who we are. The ethos of giving something back to the community began 30 years ago in Sheffield, and continues at our overseas sites in Strasbourg, Chicago and New Delhi today.
Each year, we donate a percentage of our profits to charity, with our internal charities team meeting regularly to discuss fundraising events, as well as nominating worthy causes to benefit from future funding. We like to help out wherever we can, often focusing our efforts on charities and other causes that are less publicised and sometimes overlooked.
Another side of the work we do for worthy causes is best described as 'people power' projects, where we take large teams of our people off-site to complete renovations and volunteer their time, rather than just support by way of a financial donation. Our volunteers find these 'hands on' projects very rewarding as it gives them a chance to use their hidden skills, and they're also great team building activities!
Newfield Green Library - Community Project
This volunteer run library in a deprived area of Sheffield was looking for help to turn it into a community hub with the aim of helping the elderly, job seekers, parents and toddlers, and young adults. The library is an important part of the community as it provides an outlet of support, advice and fun for local people who have nowhere else to go. A large team of volunteers from Gripple worked on repainting both the inside and outside of the library. We created a craft corner, a small cafe area, and revamped the remaining areas, transforming the library into a bright, modern and welcoming space for the community.
The Sunday Centre
The Gripple charities team is working closely with this not-for-profit for the homeless and vulnerable on Sundays. Many other homeless shelters are closed on this day so the Sunday Centre provides a warm, safe and friendly environment for the homeless. Volunteers from across Gripple have been helping by serving food and drinks and chatting to the centre's visitors.
The charities team also donated a small pool table for the games room and we organised a warm clothing, rucksacks and toiletries collection, the response to which was fantastic.
"Everyone at Ethel felt quite humbled by the enormous effort. What a wonderful group of people you are."
Gripple Charity of the Year
In 2017, we chose Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind as our charity of the year, and raised over £8,000, which allowed them to set up a new emotional support service. In 2018, we supported Ethel Trust Community Barge which provides day trips and residential experiences for a range of community groups and organisations.
Our charities of the year for 2019 are Jessop Wing - Bereavement Suite, part of the Sheffield Children's Hospital charity, and Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
The charities team is always pleased to hear from deserving organisations seeking help and support so please do get in touch with us; we love to hear from you.
Fundraising Driven by our People
Our people organise a multitude of events every year in support of our charities of the year as well as a range of other worthy causes. Events recently have included Yorkshire and National Three Peaks challenges, bake sales, summer fairs, festive markets and raffles.