• James Ellaby
Growth Company SMT makes a positive difference

Members of The Growth Company’s senior management team took part in a volunteering opportunity on 28 September, when they visited the Justlife Health and Enterprise Centre in Openshaw, Manchester.

The centre provides a wide range of services to prevent people falling into homelessness and to progress those who are homeless towards safe, healthy and stable lifestyles. Their support services include help to build relationships, self-confidence, skills and experience.

The centre’s primary funder is the Big Lottery Fund, and they also receive support from Manchester City Council and a number of other charities and organisations, including Big Change Manchester, which is one of the charities that the Growth Company supports through its Dress Down Fridays.

Donna Edwards, Steve Burrows, Jayne Worthington, Paul Simpson and Kirsty Rawlinson spent the afternoon carrying out various maintenance tasks at the centre, including painting window frames and benches.

Paul Simpson said: “It was really interesting to see at first hand the important work that Justlife does to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and it was great to be able to give some time to help them in some small way. We all thoroughly enjoyed working together (in a different way than usual!) and supporting this fantastic charity even for just an afternoon and we will be looking to do more of this where we can.

“Earlier this year, we launched the Group’s volunteering policy Volunteer2day, and I really would encourage colleagues to give some thought to ways that they could get involved, either as individuals, or as a team in doing voluntary work. Your efforts can really make a difference to local organisations and communities.”

Andy Morris, General Manager at Justlife said: ”Thank you again for taking such a kind interest in our work this year and please pass on our thanks and good wishes to all the staff at The Growth Company. We look forward to keeping you updated on our work and projects in the future.”