Enabling communities to thrive
We understand the positive impact community initiatives have. And we believe all actions – big and small – are equally important to improving our local communities.
That’s why we’ll continue working with developers and social housing providers who build and support communities. We’ll continue encouraging our colleagues to play their part and make a positive difference, driving new ways to get involved in local charities and community projects. And we’ll substantially support our community more than ever. It’s common sense.
Our communities targets
We are committed to donating £1m to community projects in 2023.
50% of colleague volunteering days to be used annually by 2025.
We will help finance 1,000 affordable properties by 2025.
We will sign the Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing in 2023.
We continue to support and help finance affordable properties because we know how important they are for those in need. Social housing provides truly affordable and secure housing with priority given to the homeless and those living in unsuitable or overcrowded housing.We believe that environmental, social and governance standards must be met within social housing, which is why we are committing to the Sustainability Reporting Standard.
We’ll support more community projects than ever before and continue to drive the initiatives within our colleague-led Let’s Get Giving and Let’s Get Caring programmes, including; supporting the learning disability and autism charity Seashell Trust, the Manchester Youth Zone and Hide Out programmes, and making a substantial donation to a national charity.
We’ll also support the Bed for Every Night winter appeal, Stockport Food Bank, and build an all-ability playground in the heart of one of our social housing projects.
We will also launch a new partnership with land-based specialist college, Reaseheath College.
Small steps for long-term change
Through our employee volunteering programme, our colleagues have contributed 1,584 hours of their time to volunteering since we launched in April 2022. This equates to a business cost of over £38,000.
To date we’ve also provided 4,915 meals to the Stockport Foodbank, and have a target to deliver 10,000 meals by 2025.
In our first international charity challenge, a group of Together colleagues raised over £20,000 for the children’s learning disability and autism charity Seashell Trust. The team successfully completed a 37-mile trek across the Istria mountain ranges in Croatia.
"This year our ambition is to deploy in excess of £1m through our Let’s Make It Count programme.”
"Our Let’s Make it Count programme is a colleague—led programme, it’s also award winning and it’s made up of four pillars – Let’s Get Giving, Let’s Get Green, Let’s Get Caring and Let’s Get Sharing."
Holly Woodside-Coventry, CSR Lead.