Kidscape friendship garden - a corporate case study
There are various ways in which organisations can engage with Kidscape's work as part of a corporate partnership. Many of our partners, past and present, have supported us in diverse ways that have included hosting fundraising events, sponsoring our initiatives or offering unique expertise through pro-bono support in areas such as media production, design and marketing.
One previous partnership was with Grass Roots, a leading provider of employee and customer engagement solutions. Through making Kidscape its charity of the year for two years running, we were able to work together to make a significant contribution to:
- Grass Roots' corporate social responsibility input;
- employees' local primary schools;
- anti-bullying education in schools.
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Fundraising events. Grass Roots kicked off its fundraising calendar with a balloon release from each of the organisations' three sites. Over the two year period, they went on to arrange a number of exciting fundraising initiatives to include portrait photography, auctions, Mother's Day gifts, raffles, games and the sale of charity products in the staff canteen.
Investing in the local community. For every £10,000 raised to support our national programme of work, £2,500 was reinvested into Grass Roots' local community in Tring. Grass Roots staff nominated four primary schools which they wanted to support. We then worked on a fantastic project to design and build each school a friendship garden, which is a quiet, reflective space where pupils can go when they are feeling sad, lonely or upset.
Anti-bullying awareness. As part of the friendship garden project, our specialist trainers delivered anti-bullying workshops to the school staff and worked with them to determine how the friendship garden could be incorporated into their current anti-bullying strategies.
Volunteering. Grass Roots staff were involved in all aspects of the friendship garden to include design, sourcing materials, building and planting. This gave the organisation a fantastic team building opportunity that brought a large number of staff face-to-face with our beneficiaries.
How can my organisation get involved?
Making friendship gardens is just one example of how an organisation can support us. There are many creative ways your organisation can make a significant difference to the thousands of children who are experiencing bullying.
If you would like to make an enquiry about how your organisation could work with Kidscape as part of a corporate partnership, please fill out our corporate partnership form.