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We would not be able to do all the great work we do without the support of Mitie volunteers, our clients and our suppliers. Have a look at some of the amazing fundraising events that have already taken place below. If you would like to organise your own fundraising event for the Foundation please get in touch Foundation@mitie.com

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Still Life in the Old Dog

Still Life in the Old Dog

All-time low

Following a strong career of 45 years Michaels was retired prematurely from Royal Mail, on health grounds. Michael was forced in to signing on for Job Seekers Allowance, 15 months quickly passed and despite his best efforts he still found himself without employment and hope.  Michael remembers how he lost all self-belief and a was in a dark place, resulting in a diagnosis of anxiety and depression. 


The turning point

Michael was passed a flyer about the Mitie Foundation’s Ready2work programme, still full of doubt he dragged himself to the open day.  Something clicked in Michael, “seeing what was possible I wanted to prove I still had something to offer”.


The 8-week programme

The first week of the programme focuses on employability skills and increases candidates’ confidence.  Michael states “I found the first week very worthwhile and fully involved myself in all aspects of it. I found it rekindled my enthusiasm for work. My favourite bit was the confidence building session also liked the Alumina talk”.

 

Work placement

Michael was placed with Mitie at the 24Seven contact centre in Leeds and reflects “I loved the involvement of being a part of a team again. I asked plenty of questions and was always fully supported by my mentor Liam. I took ownership of the role that I was provided and developed it during my 7 weeks. I was overwhelmed by the help and advice given to me by everyone at 24Seven”.

 

Michaels mentor Liam said “it was a pleasure, to see Michael grow in his confidence from day 1, you would think he was a different person. Having the pleasure to continue working with Michael and providing the support to secure him a permeant role was overwhelming.  I would recommend that anyone get involved, it’s a fantastic programme and gives people the opportunity to gain new skills/experience that they can develop into a work career”.

 

Looking back

Michael notes how different things might have been had he not secured opportunity through the Mitie Foundation and the support from the 247 Leeds team. “Without the programme I would be feeling very down on my luck and wondering how to fill my days “.

A bright future

Michael efforts on placement were rewarded with him securing employment as a Customer Service Advisor, with Engineering Services.  Michael vows to make the most of the opportunity and prove that you are never too old to learn new things. “I will continue to make sure that I speak to someone new each day and make them smile. This is something I committed to my counsellor when coming out of depression”.

 

The Mitie Foundation supports individuals to get back on their feet and help them realise their full potential.  We are only one piece of the jigsaw and are continually looking for placements from the Mitie Business.  Please contact foundaiton@mitie.com if your team would benefit from being involved in the ready2work programme.

 

For further information about the work the Mitie Foundation does and how you can get involved please visit www.mitiefoundation.com  

 

How the Mitie Foundation’s ready2work programme supported me - Lee's Story

How the Mitie Foundation’s ready2work programme supported me - Lee's Story

Introducing Lee Bryant, winner of the Manchester r2w cohort and now a member of the Work Place Support team at the Coop HQ at 1 Angel Square, Manchester.  Lee explains how he joined Mitie through the Mitie Foundation’s ready2work programme.

Unemployment -Dark days and darker nights

If you’ve had the pleasure in meeting Lee, I’m sure you’ll know him as an extremely positive and diligent individual full of life.  That is now, but up until relatively recently that sadly wasn’t the case.  After forging out a successful career, Lee sadly found himself out of work.  Lee remarks’ “I found myself unemployed and looking for work, the longer my search was unsuccessful the more I viewed myself as a failure, I become a recluse, losing all my self-belief and personal drive, I lost hope of ever returning to work”. It was a new pet dog that first alerted Lee to his state of mind and gave him the impetus to start making small positive changes.


The 8-week programme – light at the end of the tunnel

Lee found out about the Mitie Foundations ready2work programme from his Job Centre work coach and with nothing to lose attended one of the Manchester Open days.  Lee was surprised when offered a place on the programme, whilst sceptical about what was in store he accepted the place and as they say the rest is history.  Lee recollects how apprehensive he was when attending the preplacement week at the Mitie Manchester office – Talbot Road. “The first week was great, I loved having a reason to get up and a structure again and the content of the first week really helped rebuild my confidence and prepare me for my 7-week placement”.


Who needs 7 weeks to impress?

Lee’s recent period of unemployment, was a blot on an otherwise strong career history, with his favourite role being as Facilities Assistant.  Lee was then overjoyed when advised his placement would be working in the workplace support team on the Coop contact.  Determined to maximise the experience, Lee threw himself whole heartedly in to the role and impressed from the offset.   Dan Cleary, Account Director comments “Lee’s positivity and enthusiasm, together with a pride in his work made a really positive impression with Mitie and the Coop, and it wasn’t long before this was recognised formally by various Coop colleagues”.

After a couple of days of carrying out audits Lee proactively approached his mentor if he could get involved in other activities. Lee remembers how well his was supported by the Coop team stating (“quote from Lee about the Coop team”) Such was the instant impact that Lee made, that he secured himself an interview for a live vacancy with the team.  Armed with the skills learnt from the initial employability week, Lee made an excellent account of himself and was successfully offered the role of Workplace support team member. 

 
What does the future hold?

Lee stated “I remain very grateful of the opportunity and support that both the Mitie Foundation and Mitie Coop teams provided me, I am now in a job I love and very excited by the future.  I am going to stay with Mitie and work hard to secure career progression”.

 

For further information about the work the Mitie Foundation does and how you can get involved please visit www.mitiefoundation.com or contact Foundation@mitie.com

 

3 peaks challenge

3 peaks challenge

The National Three Peaks Challenge is an event in which participants attempt to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales, all within 24 hours. Over the 24 hour period, the graduates climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, walking a horizontal distance of 26 miles and a vertical distance of 3000 metres, whilst also driving 470 miles!

The Mitie graduates have been keen volunteers with the Mitie Foundation, experiencing first-hand the inspiring work that we do to support so many people. Therefore they kindly decided to allocate their fundraising to the projects we work on and run across the country.

On the day, the graduates started the challenge in the early hours of the morning at the foot of Ben Nevis, before travelling down to Scafell Pike and then finally climbing Snowdon the following morning - hopefully returning to their minibus inside the 24 hour target and in time for a celebratory photo.

We want to say a massive thank you for all their hard work in fundraising and in actually climbing the mountains. Well done!

Supply chain and client support for the Mitie Foundation

Supply chain and client support for the Mitie Foundation

Sixteen teams competed at Woburn for the Mitie Foundation Charity Golf Trophy this year. The winning team were Konica Minolta, pictured, but all agreed the day was a great way to build strong relationships and support a good cause too.

The weather was wonderful and the greens were in tip top condition, and after a long day hosted by Golf legend Mickey Walker OBE, the teams enjoyed a three course meal at the Russell Lounge.

Over £18,000 was raised to support social enterprises aimed at improving employment chances for people with barriers to employment. One of the social enterprise ideas in the early-planning stage is to transform an eighteenth century building into a training academy to help young people with learning disabilities to improve their employment chances in hospitality, catering, retail, food hygiene, customer services and self-confidence.

Suppliers, clients and Mitie colleagues are invited to collaborate with the Mitie Foundation to make this academy a reality by providing in-kind support or advice by contacting the Foundation team at Foundation@mitie.com Next year's event is already in the planning stage, with plans to extend the invite to suppliers, clients and the wider business teams.