We always try to be a good neighbour and take our role in the community almost as seriously as we take providing our clean and waste water services.
We believe the best way we can make a real difference is through volunteering. Our people love getting out and doing their bit, and during 2015/16 we continued to offer our colleagues the change to get involved with our 'Hands Up' programme and ‘Big Wish for Ethiopia’ campaign.
Hands Up enables our colleagues to get involved in a wide range of volunteering - to volunteering at a nature reserve of one of our partner organisations to being reading mentors as part of our 'Right to Read' programme or becoming a School Governors. To deliver our volunteering opportunities, we work in partnership with the RSPB, Canal & Rivers Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Our Big Wish for Ethiopia campaign brings together our partnership work with WaterAid focusing on six key areas:- fundraising, volunteering, education, customer engagement, influencing and capacity building. We have committed to raising £1m for projects in Ethiopia between 2014 and 2019, and by March 2016 we had raised £433,188 against our target of £399,984.
Our Big Wish youth engagement campaign, which commenced in 2015, had a target of 50 events to be delivered during the financial year, and we out-turned at 83 events – over performing by 66%.
During 2016/17, we aim to continue our fundraising towards the £1m target and aim to deliver 80 talks during the 12 month period, including supporting The Scout Associations ‘A Million Hands’ Community Impact badge.
During 2015/16, over 15.7% of Kelda Group colleagues took an active role in WaterAid fundraising activities, whilst a total of 31.96% of colleagues participated or volunteered for a fundraising activity. The year also saw 197 colleagues and partners volunteering with either the RSPB, Canal & Rivers Trust or Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Our volunteering policy can be found here