Supporting Local Communities

Making a Difference to Local Communities Across the UK & Ireland

At CHEP UK and Ireland we recognise that our business and our people are key part of the communities in which we operate. With a focus on engaging with the community in the areas of the environment, sustainability and education we actively encourage colleagues to volunteer up to three days of paid volunteer leave each year.

Working with charities and other voluntary organisations the range of activities our people get involved with is diverse. But there is a common theme – and that is one of fun and community spirit!  Here is just a snapshot of some of the charities that have benefitted from the activities our people got involved with in the past year:

Volunteer Days

Total number of days volunteered

CHEP UK & Ireland colleagues who use all three of their volunteer days are entered in to a draw to be crowned our coveted ‘Volunteer of the Year’.

Cash for Kids ‘Mission Christmas’

Cash for Kids is Bauer Radio’s network of local charities, which operate across 22 areas around the UK. The charity’s mission is to respond to the needs of children in local communities, and aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential.

In the run-up to Christmas 2016, 60 ultra-keen CHEP volunteers spent a day at the Mission Christmas warehouse in Manchester. 

Russell Feingold, Cash for Kids Charity Manager, said: “Having people like the CHEP volunteers part of Mission Christmas makes it even more special for us and I hope we can continue the great work we do together. Thank you again for being with us on this amazing campaign.”

Cash for kids
Cash for kids

Crosscare, Ireland

Crosscare is the largest food distribution charity in Ireland.  As well as operating a foodbank, Crosscare also services more than half-a-million meals per annum to those most in need.  In December 2016, ten CHEP colleagues from the Irish business spent a day volunteering with Crosscare in Dublin preparing food hampers which were then distributed by Crosscare to needy families in the greater-Dublin area.  

Valerie Cummins who manages the Distribution Centre for Crosscare was full of praise for our volunteer’s efforts on the day: “The people from CHEP pulled off a stormer. Thank you for all of your support to our food bank.”

Cross Care Ireland Team
Cross Care Ireland Team

The Real Junk Food Project

The Real Junk Food Project was founded by Adam Smith in 2012 when he opened The Junk Food Café in Armley, Leeds. The aim of the Real Junk Food Project is to raise awareness and ultimately put an end to food waste. The Café uses wasted food to feed its customers on a pay as you feel basis.

CHEP’s volunteers helped out for a day at the project’s Leeds warehouse which is stocked entirely with waste food from supermarkets, restaurants and catering companies deemed past its sell-by date, and intercepted before going to landfill. The team spent the day stocking shelves, sorting bread, general cleaning duties and even becoming a human tray wash! 

The Real Junk Food Team
The Real Junk Food Team

Transaid

Started by members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT), Save The Children and HRH The Princess Royal, Transaid’s mission is to identify, champion, implement and share local transport solutions which improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for poor people in developing countries.

As a transport-based charity, Transaid has an ongoing relationship with CHEP and benefitted from 5 CHEP colleagues spending a day helping to qualify a number of donor leads the charity had generated. Hitting the telephones at Transaid’s office in central London for the day, the team contacted over 200 businesses and managed to identify a number of key contacts who were interested to learn more about the charity and who may well look to donate to the charity in the future. The session followed on from a previous and similar exercise which subsequently generated an ongoing and significant corporate donor for the charity.

Transaid Team
Transaid Team

Manchester Dogs Home

Throughout the month of March, 17 CHEP colleagues used their volunteer days to walk dogs at the Manchester Dogs Home, based in Harpurhey. The home cares for over 7,000 dogs every year, many of which are never reclaimed by their owners. Many of these dogs come in as strays or as abandoned pets, and the staff do excellent work at preparing the dogs for rehoming. Each dog receives personal care and attention and many take part in behavioural and mentally stimulating activities at the home.

Manchester Dogs Home
Manchester Dogs Home

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