As part of our social value strategy, we will encourage our employees to support the following initiatives:

Charity Partners

Each year our employees vote for a charity to support and the chosen charities then receive support via employee fundraising, volunteering efforts, and dedicated projects. We are currently championing seven charities across the country, as part of the Story charity partnership scheme: Mind, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), Carlisle Youth Zone, 42nd Street, LimbBo Foundation, Crisis Skylight Birmingham and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Story Community Days

We encourage all team members to harness their skills to add value to the many voluntary and community organisations who rely on volunteers to achieve their objectives. To encourage volunteering, we launched the Story Community Days which gives employees two working days per annual leave year for volunteering.

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In the Tees Valley, we support charity Middlesbrough Environment City, including renovating their community allotment. To date we have donated over £19,000 in voluntary time and material donations. “We would like to say a huge thank you to the team for helping at our community site. We were able to utilise their skills and experience to get all of our raised beds fixed and also our polytunnel skin put on. This is a huge improvement to the site and will give so many community groups the opportunity to grow things and learn much more.”

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While we deliver the Hope Valley Railway Upgrade, we are working with a number of community groups and charities to leave a positive lasting legacy in the area, including the Peak District National Park, the National Trust, St Luke’s Hospice, Green City Action, Bluebell Woods Childrens’ Hospice, Bradway Action Group and Friends of the Station groups. In the first year of the scheme, over £12k social value has been created through volunteering alone.

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Over the last few years, we have worked with Simon Community to support people across Scotland experiencing homelessness. Our support has included volunteering in the clothing donations warehouse, delivering toiletries to emergency hotels set up to help 100s of vulnerable people during the pandemic and gifting warm pyjamas and hot food vouchers to the Street Lifestyles project team over the tough winter months.

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During a project to deliver two brand new underbridge structures  for Oxfordshire County Council, we joined forces with Network Rail and Bicester Green Gym to makeover Platform 2 of nearby Bicester North Station. This included the donation and installation of three bespoke planters with new flowers and shrubs to brighten up the platform. The team worked together to weed, plant bee-friendly flowers and spread fresh bark to create a new pathway in the station garden for passengers to enjoy.

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Carlisle Youth Zone (CYZ) are one of our nominated charity partners, and we raise money for them each year. In addition to this we have worked with the charity to establish how we can help kids who are most in need, including organised mentoring, STEM sessions, feeding kids during holiday schemes, careers advice and fun days. This has included over 500 children, over half of which are categorised as being in the most deprived households.

This is our first venture into corporate sponsorship and it’s hugely exciting for us. The response we have received from Story and their staff has been truly amazing. The difference that this input will make to people’s lives will be immense.

Janet Buckley, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees

Carlisle & Eden Mind

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