Hounslow Council Cabinet last month (19 March), agreed to encourage businesses to engage in corporate social responsibility activities
Published: Tuesday, 9th April 2019
This includes donations, mentorship, internships and apprenticeships to build strong communities as well as achieving the corporate outcome supporting children to reach their potential.
In 2017, the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel created a task and finish group to look at local businesses, in particular, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) contributions to young people in the borough. In order to pursue this work, the group engaged the social enterprise, Year Here and embarked on a set of workshops, interviews and meetings with businesses.
Year Here research indicated that there is interest within the business community to provide greater support to young people, the voluntary and community (VCSE) sector and local communities.
Drawing on this work, the council will work with partners such as Volunteering Hounslow, Hounslow Community Network, Hounslow Voluntary Sector Support Service and the borough’s Chambers of Commerce to raise awareness of the opportunities for and benefits from collaboration.
Work will be supported through the development of Hounslow Giving which will provide a platform for the business community to identify and support agreed priorities along with other stakeholders.
Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce, Hounslow Council said: “This is fantastic news for our young people, businesses play such an important role in offering opportunities. Over time young people develop their skills and make a considerable contribution to society.
“Hounslow already have a number of existing platforms and organisations connecting young people with businesses offering opportunities in the borough, this will just allow us to act as a single point of access for interested parties, bringing together key information and contacts and signposting to specialist external resources.”