Every two years our employees have the chance to vote for local charities to receive their support as our closest Community Partners.
We’re challenging our colleagues to come up with creative ways to lend their support to these charities over the next two years. All money raised will be invested in the provision of local services.
“We already work closely with both charities where we have colleagues in need of their specialist support,” said British Steel Occupational Health Manager, Sharon Smith.
“Cancer and mental health issues have touched the lives of many of the people who work in the steel industry and I know many colleagues have turned to these invaluable charities at their time of need, and the charities have been there for them.
“As a health professional I see first-hand the critical support they give to patients and their families as they take on some of life’s biggest challenges.
“Now we're able to give something back to the dedicated professionals who’ve been there for us by supporting them as our Community Partners for the next two years.”
The Community Partner work is part of our wider Building Stronger Communities programme, which supports the social wellbeing of the communities in which we operate. Further information about this programme is available here.
Redcar and Cleveland Mind provides wellbeing, prevention, and recovery support to people in the area living with or at risk of developing mental health issues. Its vision is to provide good mental health for all, and its mission is to provide and promote high quality services that put people first.
The organisation’s CEO Veronica Harnett, said: “It means a lot to us that British Steel’s employees at Skinningrove have chosen us to be their Community Partner in 2019 and 2020. The partnership will be invaluable to us both in generating income to support our services and in spreading the message about what we can offer.
“We look forward to this new chapter as we work with British Steel to strive towards our goal of good mental health for all.”
Meanwhile Macmillan Cancer Support offers emotional, physical, and financial assistance for people living with cancer.
Clara White Head of Regional Fundraising for East Midlands, Yorkshire, & North East England, said: “It’s fantastic that British Steel have chosen to support Macmillan for the next two years and the funds raised will have a big impact on local cancer services.
“Not only that, it presents an important opportunity for Macmillan to look at how best to support people working on the company’s sites.
“Our aim is to be there for everyone affected by cancer, and this partnership is a fantastic opportunity to work with and be supported by local communities.”
Previously we were working with Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe, and the Great North Air Ambulance in the North East of England. These partnerships ended in December 2018, after our employees generated more than £27,500 for the two charities.