Smiths News launches new community programme

Smiths News has launched a new community initiative as part of its corporate responsibility programme.

‘Community Link-Up’ has been introduced to employees across the business. This year, staff can get involved in three key areas; charity fundraising, volunteering in the community and colleague involvement. Talking about this year’s Community Link-Up programme, Jonathan Bunting, Managing Director, Smiths News said:

“It’s important to us that we give some of our time to help local causes. Last year’s community programme was a real success. Right across the business we saw individuals and teams getting involved to raise money for national and local charities.”

“Currently, we are looking at ways we can support D.A.S.H, a small Swindon-based charity, which aims to improve the quality of life of adults with Aspergers and other Autistic Spectrum Conditions living in Swindon. And we are reviewing a list of Swindon-based community and charity projects for us to get involved with. We will announce who we will be supporting in the next few weeks, so watch this space, it’s very exciting.”

To kick-off their community volunteering plans, Smiths News is teaming up with Bath Rugby Foundation, a charity which runs education programmes using sport to engage young people. Five employees will help deliver a bespoke literacy programme in schools in Swindon and Chippenham. Volunteer Sonia Panting, Property and Facilities Coordinator, Smiths News said:

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Stickability programme. It’s a great opportunity to work with young people and help them build their confidence.”

In addition to the community programme and back by popular demand, a small group of employees will be getting on their bikes again this year to raise cash by taking part in an international bike ride. The event will take place this September and will start in Paris and finish at their head office in Kembrey Park, Swindon.

“It’s important to us that we give some of our time to help local causes."