Seven joined forces with Education Leeds on a two project to provide mentoring and delivery services to people of school age within the Leeds area.
For our first project ‘Evolve’ a number of our consultants delivered sessions around employability skills and interview techniques – something we like to think we know something about!
This included performing interview role plays to the group of ten, inviting them to visit our office for their own mock interviews, providing feedback and generally supporting their development around this. Nigel Wood, Project Tutor for the scheme has been really happy with the collaboration. ”From my point of view, the support that you have provided this term has been exceptional. The impact working with professional organisations like yours has on our young people is massive. Your contributions to the employability sessions on 'EVOLVE' have enabled me to provide an insight into the workings of a modern professional organisation. Staff have gone beyond mentoring and actively designed, delivered and evaluated workshop sessions which have all been of the highest quality. You have taken real ownership for the contributions you have made and added true value to projects delivered”.
The second initiative, Playing for Success, involved our consultants mentoring groups of children to improve their ICT, numeracy and literacy skills. We had Seven representatives at these sessions for four days of the week, and in total 50 children are benefiting from our support!
Yes we did it! Nicki, Nicola, Kate…and Meg gave up their Saturday morning’s snooze to brave the 30 degree heat and run 5k for Cancer Research.
An absolutely fantastic day had by all, and to top it off we raised over £304.01 for charity.
‘Leeds Businesses Paint a Brighter Future for Leeds Support Centre’
On 24th June, Seven donned overalls and picked up their paint brushes to transform three therapy rooms at St Anne’s Resource Centre in Leeds. Not only did we give Carol Smillie a run for her money but we also put our recruitment knowledge to the test by helping out with various ‘Work Inspiration’ sessions throughout the afternoon for those seeking employment.
St Anne’s Resource Centre provides a wide variety of support to a diverse range of people– advising on issues such as housing and benefits, lending support to those with drug and alcohol dependence, and providing a secure mail address and changing facilities for the most vulnerable people in our city centre. All support is focused on individual needs and aspirations, whether people are homeless, their lives are impacted by drugs and alcohol or they require support because of mental health issues or a learning disability.
The centre was in dire need of a refurbishment and had neither the funds nor the resource to make changes. Until Give & Gain Day none of the team even knew this facility existed- unaware of it’s importance to the community and to those who rely on it the most.
Our involvement really made a difference, not only to the clients who use the centre but also to the community team that work there too.
Everybody involved took a great deal from the day and it got quite emotional for some of the staff at the resource centre.
‘Thank you and to your colleagues from Seven for volunteering your time to St Anne’s Community Services. The resource centre has been transformed! Thank you for all your hard work decorating. You have created a much brighter and more welcoming environment for our clients.
I understand the Work Inspiration sessions at Holdforth Court was a great success and the client’s really appreciated the opportunity to have one to one support with applications, interview skills and to build their confidence when looking for employment’ – Isobel Worswick, Manager, St Anne’s
On the 23rd July the boys here at Seven succeeded in our biggest challenge yet!
The challenge was to climbing the three highest mountains in the UK within 24 hours being Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike.
The boys did themselves (and us) proud by taking on this challenge and absolutely smashing their sponsorship target, raising over £1,075 for Charity!