Collaboration, one of our five core values, runs through ONE Community. It's at the heart of the relationships we form with local charities and is foundation upon which our community successes are built.
One such success is our partnership with local children’s charity, KIND. Based in Liverpool 8, KIND, are well known across the Merseyside community. They have worked with thousands of local children and their families since their founding 43 years ago.
Today, at their SEED Centre – standing for Social Environmental Education Development – in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter, they welcome primary schools during term time to teach kids about ecosystems and the natural environment. Their bee hives, dipping pond and vegetable garden offer an idyllic setting, and their dedicated staff can offer one-to-one support to students who visit. Outside of term time they host half-term clubs with art lessons and visits to cultural attractions across the region. In summer, they take kids who would not otherwise have a holiday on a residential adventure trip to Wales.
KIND’s impact in the community is immense. It’s for this reason that our team voted to work in partnership with them. As with many charities, one of KIND’s biggest challenges is fundraising. To help, we had cake and book sales in the office, set up a swap shop where the team bought and sold clothes, sponsored KIND’s Christmas calendar, and donated £1000 to their annual Hamper Pack. We donated items that KIND could use in their Centre, a TV, projector, printers, and children’s books. At Christmas, our team bought toys for KIND to distribute to children and families across the region. Stephen Yip, CEO of KIND said,
“Once again the staff at Liverpool One have come up trumps. The generous donation of toys was breath-taking. Thank you to all at Liverpool ONE for helping us to make a real difference this Christmas.”
However, our relationship is much more than just fundraising. Team members gave time to paint and varnish at KIND’s Centre getting it ready for winter. Five team members volunteered to pack some of the 1800 Christmas hampers KIND donated. Others spent time sharing their skills, talking to the team at KIND about how they could enhance their marketing, or offering advice about fire safety. All these interactions offered a chance for us to learn from each other, strengthening our relationship and creating a feel-good factor that our team bring back with them into work.
Perhaps though, one of the most significant ways we collaborated was by inviting KIND to our events. In May, KIND came as special guests to The Luminarium, were treated to an art class with Cass Art and got to meet LEGO Batman. Later in the summer, the kids came back to the launch of Summer Sports in the Park where they got to try a range of sports and were coached by LJMU’s trainee coaches.
Collaboration with KIND has created a meaningful community partnership that offers volunteering opportunities that excite and develop our team. Our work with KIND is something we’re immensely proud and we hope that together we will continue to achieve a huge amount together.
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