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Through our charitable donations, we recognise the incredible work that charities do. The good causes that we support are all chosen by our employees, many of whom also give their own time to their selected charity. Requests for support from individuals and local good causes benefits a range of local organisations and are managed by AWE’s Community Committee.
Each year our employees select two charities - one local and one national - which are the main focus for our staff fund raising events. Our current charities are Living Paintings and Whizz-Kidz.
Throughout the year, a team of graduates arrange a number of on-site fund-raising events – which can be anything from comedy nights and fun runs, to cake and book sales, and quiz nights.
Many other local organisations and good causes also benefit from our support. Basingstoke Shop Mobility is just one other we have supported for many years, including funding the purchase of several mobility scooters.
Another beneficiary of a Community Committee grant this year was the Wellington Country Park Riding for The Disabled Association – AWE’s support enabled the charity to buy a new horse for its members to use
Staff at the Aldermaston and Burghfield sites are always eager to support local charities on an on-going basis: Whether it’s collecting kitchen equipment in support of Cornerstone House, Children First West Berkshire, a charity which helps young people gain independence or collecting stamps for Naomi House in Sutton Scotney which supports the provision of care for young children with cancer.
Whilst we know that our financial support is appreciated we believe that the real power of community involvement is in the hands of our employees who give their time and their commitment to worthy causes. We actively support employees’ work in the community and encourage all forms of volunteering.
Our involvement with Business in the Community (BITC) is also a great way of involving our employees in initiatives like careers events for schools and environmental forums. We are firm advocates of the BITC charity and are keen to continue to participate in their various programmes.
Our membership of BITC gives us access to training, benchmarking and other services. It also enables us to get involved in BITC initiatives and campaigns - the most notable one of which is our membership of the Business Class programme which is about linking up business and secondary schools. Through this initiative AWE has linked with Denefield Secondary School, Reading. AWE has provided staff to undertake a series of maths, science and careers activities with the school.
Shirin Welham, Head of Community Impact, for Business in the Community said:
“Business Class aims to raise young people’s aspirations and career choices. AWE has been part of the programme since 2012 and they are a highly valued member of the Reading Cluster.
Through a series of interventions, AWE employees have been able to talk to the students about the variety of jobs within the engineering sector. The students see the relevance of studying subjects such as physics and mathematics and understand how these subjects are used in everyday jobs.
The volunteers are always enthusiastic bringing science to life. This enables the students to aim high and to consider having a profession that directly uses the STEM subjects. The AWE volunteers truly inspire the students as they are excellent spokespeople for their company and for engineering."
The AWE Community Committee manages requests for support from individuals and charities, and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.