There are many ways your company could get involved with SPEAR. By working with us we can help you increase your brand value, staff morale and profile. We would work with you to understand your company objectives and develop a corporate partnership that reflects your business needs and help us to continue our work with people experiencing homelessness. For upcoming events, please see our Events Section.
Charity of the year partnership:
A charity partnership can improve your reputation, motivate your team, and raise your company profile. Our experienced teams could organise volunteering sessions, pro bono opportunities, awareness talks, and joint events. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to develop a strategy that meets your company’s needs.
This simple way of giving has a massive impact on fundraising for SPEAR, allowing us to plan our work with the peace of mind that whenever we need the funds they are secure. Payroll giving requires almost no effort on your part, literally allowing your money do all the hard work for you. By donating through your salary (or pension scheme) your donations are tax free making sure that your gift actually reaches the people who need it the most.
Encourage your staff to organise their own fundraising event as this is a great way of getting your team together and having fun whilst raising vital funds for vulnerable people in the borough. There are so many different ideas and we would welcome anything from a coffee morning, dress down day or even something as brave as a group skydiving experience.
Gifts in kind:
We aim to have as many items donated as possible so that every penny raised can be used for the important aspects of our work. You could provide the food and drink for one of our Spear events, donate a prize for our summer raffle or help us with the design and print of our fundraising material. Whatever the gift, the possibilities are endless and we would love to hear how your company could help us reduce our costs. Please contact email@example.com to discuss the options
Building relationships with volunteers is very important to us. Through volunteering you are helping us to expand our workforce, providing even stronger skills and making experience accessible for our clients. Your employees could help us with an outreach shift where they would gain first hand experience of engaging with those sleeping rough or help the Skills Development team by assisting with the activities, we always need an extra pair of hands at any one of our events! To enquire more about volunteering please contact our Volunteer Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are thankful for the continued support of companies, trusts and the community. Click here to see some of our supporters.
Corporate Partnerships SPEAR is delighted to have amazing support from corporate companies within the borough. We have built up valuable partnerships that enable us to raise vital funds for our clients and services. We work closely with each partner to meet their set Corporate Social Responsibility objectives and provide an array of opportunities for employees including volunteering (team building and skills based), innovative and bespoke fundraising initiatives as well as events. If you are interested in working with us, or for more information, please contact email@example.com or 0207 036 9766/9764
St George (part of the Berkeley Group)
St George is a member of the Berkeley Group, London’s leading mixed use developer and a FTSE 100 company. St George regenerates brownfield land in London to create thriving new communities in attractive landscaped environments.
In 2016 St George renewed its commitment to support SPEAR as a Berkeley Foundation designated charity for a further three years through fundraising activities and staff volunteering.
“We are proud to support the fantastic work SPEAR does in helping homeless and vulnerable people across South West London.” Judith Salomon, Strategic Planning Director
Squires is a Garden Centre and Cafe Bar where you will probably find the best selection of trees, shrubs and garden plants in south west London.
Squires are supporting SPEAR until July 2017. Their staff chose the charity and are passionate about supporting the local community. They hope to be able to donate a generous amount throughout the year, with thanks to their customers, and to also support the SPEAR on specific projects through the sharing of their time, skills and expertise.
PageTiger is a publishing system allowing individuals to make amazing content online. Using only one system you are able to publish and track without the need to download any software.
The efficiency of the PageTiger software allows SPEAR to have new innovative ways to communicate to clients, volunteers, donors and organisations. We will be able to ensure that more rough sleepers and people suffering from homelessness get to hear about our work through new audiences we communicate to. Using PageTiger’s fantastic online product we will also demonstrate more engagement and interactivity with our work from those who want to get involved and help.
Greggs are the leading bakery food on the go retailer. They are committed in providing fresh, quality and affordable bakery food around the country.
They have been providing great services and have provided significant support for SPEAR. This includes providing employment opportunities for our clients, as well as supplying cakes and cookies for collection days and donating food for SPEAR clients on a weekly basis. Additionally Greggs have generously provided a grant which has allowed us to run film courses for clients which has helped build self esteem as well as teaching skills which has been very useful for future employment opportunities.
Waitrose is a leading British supermarket, which provides fresh quality food across Britain. They continue to have long-term positive relationships with farmers and suppliers and support responsible sourcing, treating people fairly and looking after the environment.
They have supported SPEAR in ways such as food collection in store generously donated by customers, with a wide variety of essential produce for our clients. Furthermore they held two token drops inside two shops in the Richmond area, which will supply donations to us as well as raising overall awareness for SPEAR.
Thames Valley Housing
Thames Valley Housing are a medium-sized housing association based in Twickenham, South West London. They own, manage or take care of loans for over 14,500 homes in London, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex. These include traditional rented housing, shared ownership, key worker and student accommodation. #
Thames Valley Housing have supported SPEAR, helping us raise funds and awareness within the local area. Chief Executive, Geeta Nanda said: “SPEAR is a local homelessness charity that really does what it says on the strap line, they successfully get people who are homeless and with little hope through to independent living. The staff are thoroughly committed, they don’t give up on people and they ensure they move people through to independence on a journey which is sustainable. Times are tough, homelessness is on the increase and it is really important as a Housing Association who has a strong social purpose, that we work with those organisations who have the expertise to do this well. SPEAR are great to work with and we learn a lot from them.”
HML Holdings is proud to be recognised as one of the leading independent property management service providers in the country. They have been providing property management services to the residential sector for over 20 years and, through specialist divisions, also offer clients related professional services including insurance broking, company secretarial services, building surveying and the employment and management of site staff employment.
HML have supported SPEAR in a variety of ways in the past, including sponsorship of our events materials, programmes and newsletters and participation in fundraising events. “Our emphasis at HML is on providing a personal service from a local office and we came to hear of SPEAR through a Richmond-based charity with which we have worked for a number of years. When we met the SPEAR team we recognised similarities in our approach and philosophy – a definite synergy – and that’s why we are delighted to have them as our charity partner.” Sian Lewis, Business Development Director
The South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance operates around 1,600 trains a day on a network in the South and South West England. The company serves more than 200 stations and employs around 4,500 people.People and partnership are at the heart of the way South West Trains Network Rail Alliance does business. Providing greener, smarter rail travel for customers, helping create a more inclusive society and providing attractive travel opportunities for people to live fuller lives through access to work, education, healthcare, leisure and shopping.
The South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance Charity Panel was proud to support SPEAR and the work they do in 2014 – 15 as chosen Charity of the Year. They funded our skills and development, provided bikes to our clients and their employees fundraised for SPEAR through events. SPEAR continue to hold regular station collection days at SPEAR station.