Sidlow Bridge Centre
As part of our volunteering programme, Legal & General's Protection and Annuities Finance team have been working with Sidlow Bridge Centre, a pupil referral unit for students that have been failed by mainstream education. The year 11 students came to Legal &General’s Kingswood office to learn interview skills which included how to answer competency based interview questions and how to present yourself.
The P&A Finance team shared their own varied career paths and spent time mentoring the students in order to prepare them for their mock interviews at the end of the day.
Simon Owens, Head of P&A Finance Change, facilitated the day with the students and said, "At the start of the day there was a noticeable apprehension and divide between the students and their mentors. Throughout the day the mentors worked closely with their selected students and the barriers began to come down but when it was time for the mock interviews the students concerns about participating returned. I was incredibly moved when I saw the previously apprehensive mentors leap forward and reach out to the students. With the mentors encouragement ringing in their ears, one by one the students headed for their mock interviews. At that moment I knew that an extremely challenging day had become an incredible success".
Trisha Collbeck, a Sidlow Bridge teacher, said "We all really appreciate the effort put into delivering the programme and were so pleased with how our students responded by the end of the day. Thank you again for the fabulous day, the students are still talking about it.".
Surrey Crimestoppers is the regional branch of Crimestoppers, the only UK charity that helps to prevent and detect crime. Legal & General has supported a range of campaigns, including one that tackled underage drinking with Surrey Crimestoppers in association with Surrey Police.
In 2011 we supported a month long campaign – in the run up to Christmas, targeting both burglars and those involved in the handling and sale of stolen property. The campaign involved the doorstep drop of 15,000 +postcards and posters depicting the message “Stolen Stuff – who’s making money out of it in Surrey?” in areas of known burglar activity. Surrey Crimestoppers have teamed up with Surrey Police to encourage members of the public to provide information that will help put a stop to those who cash in on the misery of burglary victims. Total actionable packages (calls and online secure postings) increased by 15% in the two months during the campaign compared with the previous two months and four of these were of particular interest to Surrey Police.
Reigate and Redhill Choral Society
For 2011 we have supported a year long pilot project, ‘Who Dares Sings’ involving provision of specialist training, via Choral Society professionals, working alongside
Performing Arts staff at Redhill’s Warwick School. The aim of the project was to enrich experiences and raise aspirations of students and staff following a direct appeal from the school for specialist assistance as part of a drive to improve standards following an Ofsted report in 2007 which concluded the school was “unsatisfactory”.
The project, designed and developed by Reigate & Redhill Choral Society’s Music Director, Peter Farrant, was a unique opportunity to make a real difference to disadvantaged students, through showcasing of hidden talents at gala concert performances. These took place at The Harlequin Theatre and Dorking Halls in the spring and summer. The aim was to inspire the students, through music, to make positive choices as part of their development towards becoming responsible young adults with healthy active lifestyles, as well as greatly enhancing the participants record of achievement.
In addition to the Who Dares Sings project throughout the year, Peter Farrant provided mentor support and careers guidance for Warwick School students considering a career in Music and the Arts.
Mike Costa, Head of Performing Arts at The Warwick School said, “This initiative by Legal & General, and the direct support and involvement of the Choral Society, has provided great experiences and opportunities for our students”.
The Community Development Programme, supported by Legal & General, continues to reach out to young people who otherwise would have little or no exposure to classical music – and is making a real difference. Over 500 local schoolchildren have been involved from 18 local schools.
Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign and Macmillan Cancer Care
The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign supports the work of The Royal Marsden, raising money to help the hospital stay at the leading edge of cancer treatment, research and care.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign is The Royal Marsden's charity, and the aim is to raise money to support its work and vision. They fundraise to enable The Royal Marsden to go that extra mile.
This year employees at Kingswood raised over £5000 (including matching by L&G) for Macmillan Cancer Care by holding a ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ event. The proceeds went to support two local Macmillan Cancer Care centre at Epsom and Croydon. .
St Raphael’s Hospice
Employees at Kingswood support St Raphael’s Hospice in North Cheam. St Raphael’s provides day care, respite and palliative care to patients with life threatening illnesses in the boroughs of Merton and Sutton. Their skilled staff of nurses and carers treat each patient as an individual, and do everything they can to ease their pain in comfort and dignity. Other services available at the Hospice help relatives of patients to cope at this difficult time.
Over the last ten years, Kingswood employees have raised more than £26,000 for the hospice through various fundraising activities. This amount of money pays for one palliative care nurse for an entire year.
Heart Radio (Sussex and Surrey)
Easter Egg Appeal
Each year Heart launches an Easter Egg Appeal, urging shoppers to buy an extra Easter Egg and leave it at a collection point in participating local supermarkets across the region. The eggs are then distributed to local children’s charities and community groups.
We support this event as part of both the Kingswood and Hove Community programmes and in 2011 we collected 1000 Easter Eggs for children in need in our communities.