Across the Group, there are lots of opportunities to be involved in voluntary work, fund-raising and charity events, both local and national, organised by Culture Club, the colleague committee. The Group are currently the third largest employer in our parliamentary ward (Wythenshawe and Sale East) and make a major contribution to the local economy and community. It’s the right thing to do to give back to our local community and budding enterprises.
Colleague Committee – Culture Club
We value our people so that’s why Culture Club was created. The committee represents the needs and views of colleagues and exists to make sure the working environment and culture of the Group is positive and supportive.
Representatives are elected from the different businesses and departments throughout the Group, who are responsible for communicating the needs and views of employees. Also acting as ambassadors, they are a key point of liaison and organise events, activities and fund raising activities, such as the Summer BBQ, the Comedy Night, football competitions and the Grand Christmas Ball. Culture Club are allocated money from a central fund every month to pursue their chosen activities and initiatives.
Culture Club is the key component to the Group’s fundraising activities, and each year colleagues vote to support a charity of their choice.
Since September 2014 colleagues have raised over £30,000, given almost £20,000 in time and experience and have interacted with over 350 students to deliver Financial Education for Future Generations.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust – One Advice Group Charity of the Year
Staff voted unanimously to support The Christie as the One Advice Group Charity of the Year for 2016/17. The charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. Gifts from businesses make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to their patients and the families. We count ourselves as supporters and enthusiasts, willing to help fund raise for their life-changing and potentially life-saving projects.
Read more on their website.
- Christie’s are one of the largest hospital charities in the UK with 82p in every pound going directly to the patients.
- They have over 43,500 supporters and in 2015 raised £15.8m.
The Christie has various events scheduled throughout the year to raise money, which colleagues have the opportunity to take part in. Furthermore, we will be co-ordinating internal activities to help fund raise for the charity.
Tree of Life – Food Bank and School Kit
Colleagues regularly donate to the Tree of Life Food Bank which supports communities in local Wythenshawe plus this August we’re collecting school kit, shoes and clothes in readiness for the start of the new school year.
The Forum Centre
August date TBC
Celebrate Wythenshawe Pride, in association with WASA, The Proud Trust and Why Not Be Proud.
Manchester 100 Bike Ride
10th September 2016
Join colleagues from the One Advice Group and Team Christie for this stunning 100km or 100mile bike ride. Starting and finishing at Wythenshawe Park the route leaves Manchester to take in the stunning Cheshire countryside of Northwich, Middlewich and Delamere Forest.
Daredevil Parachute Jump
11th September 2016
Black Knights Parachute Centre, Lancashire
Do you dare to leap from a plane at 10,000 feet? Colleagues from the One Advice Group and the Christie team will be with you from the moment you take off to the moment you land, so do not fear. This is an exhilarating and fun way to raise money for our Charity of the Year.
Manchester Half Marathon
16th October 2016
Ever wondered what a 5km inflatable obstacle course looks like? From a huge moon walk to Europe’s biggest ever inflatable slide, the obstacles around the course will be a challenge but will certainly provide lots of laughs too. Taking part and completing the course is just one part of the day though because there will be DJ’s, food and plenty of photo opportunities to get involved with afterwards.
The One Advice Group Grand Christmas Ball
Manchester Imperial War Museum
The photos are always a right laugh and we get to say Thanks, Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2017! We have a saying at the One Advice Group that “Together we’re Stronger” and when we come together to celebrate we certainly are a force to be reckoned with.
Manchester United Santa Run
11th December 2016
Make your way around the grounds to the finish in the iconic Players tunnel, experience Santa’s grotto and enter one of the great competitions. A day not to be missed!
Cash for Kids and Mission Christmas 2016 with Key 103
Last year 12,000 children received gifts on Christmas day thanks to this campaign, for which One Advice Group colleagues often donate hundreds of presents. It’s a firm favourite in our fund raising calendar.