On Wednesday the 4th of December, Inspire Education Business Partnership officially launched our new Supporters Network!
We were joined by supporters and partners, old and new, to celebrate all they have done, our vision for the future, stronger bonds and increased collaboration. This event showcased the work of Inspire and how we impact young people and local communities. We had talks from Paul Lawrenson who is an Inspire trustee from Expedia Group, Matt Sparkes, our Chair of trustees from Linklaters and Sue Maskrey, Inspire’s Chief Executive. We also had a range of videos featuring a range of wonderful children and young people we work with.
Our Supporters’ Network formalises the contributions that organisations make to Inspire and the young people we work with. We offer supporter networking events and volunteering opportunities for staff which will enable us to continue inspiring, informing and preparing young people for their future. We will also provide opportunities for our supporters to meet their CSR and CPD targets and engage with fun activities or challenges whilst fundraising for us.
The work we have done over the last 15 years has only been possible with the help of our supporters. Inspire isn’t just our team of 32, working to achieve the best for the young people we care about; it is a network of thousands of people helping thousands more. We are lucky enough to have:
- 2000 volunteers from a range of industries
- Local businesses opening their doors for visits from young people
- Pro bono supporters such as Pilotlight and North Highland
- Local people signing up to run half marathons and 5k dressed as Santa to raise money for us
- Local pubs and restaurants donating a proportion of meals sold to support our work
The young people we work with have so much more to offer and there are so many more who we can support. Opportunities in London are by no means equal and there are many other challenges to overcome. Investing in the young people we work with benefits everyone, we are helping to build the workforce of tomorrow and a fairer, more inclusive society.
Photos by Sarah Lloyd
As a society, we haven’t been utilising the full talent pool available to us, employers often draw talent from a narrow demographic which has led to a lack of diversity and therefore experiences and ideas. We want to celebrate all young people and create opportunities to access all the skills available from a more diverse workforce.
We would like to thank our founding supporters for their commitment to helping young people believe and achieve. We also want to encourage other business’ to join our network, support work-related learning via fundraising or donations, direct engagement and volunteering on our programmes and other in-kind support they can provide.
You can find out more about joining our Supporter’s Network here.
Thank you, UBS, HSBC, Natixis, Linklaters, Taylor Jones, Samsara, North Highland, Barrat, London City Airport, Impact, Bupa, Morrisons, Flagstone, Bamm, Box, London Stock Exchange, New Relic, Shoreditch House, Hammerson, The Childhood Trust, Travers Smith, Wilson Wright, St James Place, Argent and Ticket Pass for all the various ways you have supported us and our work.
Special thanks go to Expedia Group and our trustee Paul Lawrenson for hosting the launch of our network in their lovely conference space.
When you donate to us, volunteer with us, mentor us or host a work experience student, you are opening doors so young people can access these work environments, gain knowledge of the different career paths within them and create an opportunity for them to be interested and excited by these prospects. You may be someone who they can identify with as a role model and thus see themselves in these roles as a real and tangible possibility for the future.
Please contact Jo Barker, Senior Business Development Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 020 7275 6073 for more information,