Karen Edwards OBE, Chief Executive of Bolton Lads and Girls Club highlights the importance of local businesses engaging with local charities. As a registered charity, Bolton Lads and Girls Club is not guaranteed a regular income and the support of local businesses is a significant income stream to enable us to provide sessions for the young people of Bolton. Without this support we would struggle to open our doors on a daily basis and run our core services.
Bromak’s proposition is for their clients to “Expect more”; they have delivered this by having a key influence on the club and helping to shape tomorrow’s citizens.
We currently have a patron family of around 150 local businesses and individual supporters, who help with our current running cost of £6000+ a day. Patrons not only have the great feeling of giving something back to their community but they see a huge impact their involvement has within their colleagues.
Many of our patrons, including Bromak, would agree that their colleagues engage better at the workplace and the morale is certainly improved when involved in a social project. There are a great number of colleagues at Bromak and other businesses who volunteer their time at the club or take part in challenges as they believe in the club from their businesses positive influence.
At the club we hold a quarterly business breakfast which welcomes all of our Patrons to a networking event where further work and contacts are created.
We also have regular fundraising events which we encourage Patrons to come along to; these can be great, fun days out with your peers improving team building and motivation by getting everyone involved. These events are also a great way of enhancing your corporate social responsibility within the area and boosting the reputation of your company.