7 Oct 2014
At a celebration on 24 September, of the success of the ‘Leatherhead Hub’, a ground breaking approach to supporting local communities, all the businesses who make up the Hub were awarded a special award by Business in the Community (BITC) in recognition of their outstanding work within the local community.
Legal & General, along with Wates, Intertek, Unilever, Menzies, Circle Group Mole Valley Housing Association and Surrey Police and Surrey CC work collaboratively to support Therfield School in North Leatherhead, a school which serves the 3rd highest ward in Surrey for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) and where 1 in % children live in poverty.
In May 2011, Wates led a BITC ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit in North Leatherhead which aimed to help business representatives understand the challenges faced by young people and families in deprived local communities; communities which co-exist next to some of the wealthiest areas in the South East.
As a result, the businesses collectively decided to explore ways in which they could support the local community in tackling the issues around employability and skills through collaborative engagement with local authorities and community groups. The Hub was established to focus resources in a sustainable way into projects and community partners in the North Leatherhead area.
Since then a range of events and activities, all aimed at offering opportunities and raising aspirations have resulted in 326 business volunteers spending 1665 hours impacting 1999 students at the school.
Jeff Place, Deputy Head, Therfield School: Each business and hub partner provides a specific set of skills and expertise which can complement and develop the students' understanding of the relevance of their studies and engage them in their future in a way which previous generations in the community have often not experienced.