Zurich Community Trust (the Trust) and the Nelson Trust have developed a very good relationship over the last 8 years that shows a profound influence to other large companies and their Corporate Social Responsibility policies. The Trust has not only donated thousands of pounds over the years, it has also facilitated the donation of hundreds of hours of Zurich employees’ time and fundraising to help our clients and their families because they care.
This year Zurich Community Trust has funded our ISIS women’s centre lunch club for the third year running. The lunch club is an important weekly event where the women at ISIS gather together to cook a healthy meal on a budget and share the meal at the end. This teaches the women new cooking and budgeting skills but more importantly increases engagement with the centre.
A team of Zurich volunteers have been fundraising tirelessly in the office for this year’s Community Challenge selling cakes and doing all sorts of imaginative fundraising activities to support the Nelson Trust’s annual family Christmas party. Philippa Mitchell-Taylor (Compliance Consultant) said “Zurich Community Trust’s Challenge programme encourages employee teams to get together to complete one-off projects, which benefit a local organisation and creates awareness of community issues. It is also great fun and a valuable teambuilding activity for those involved”. Over the years staff teams have helped the Nelson Trust by providing ‘moving out’ packs which consisted of basic kitchen utensils, plates and cutlery and cleaning equipment to help clients set up on their own when moving into new accommodation. Last year they not only provided large Christmas trees and all the lights an decorations but they erected and decorated them too.
The clients are always very grateful of the gifts and help we have received from Zurich. It gives them a feeling of being valued and cared about which helps them to develop their self-esteem which is so crucial to their recovery.
For more information about Zurich Community Trust visit www.zct.org.uk