Why support SPEAR
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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.
Contact email@example.com to develop a strategy that meets your company’s needs.
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.
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 or our digital marketing. Whatever the gift, the possibilities are endless and we would love to hear how your company could help us reduce our costs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Education, Employment and Training team, by assisting with their activities or at any one of our events!
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.
SPEAR is delighted to have amazing support from corporate companies. 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
We are extremely grateful for all the support we receive from companies. Some go on to select SPEAR as their Charity of the Year.
In addition, at Christmas each year, many local businesses donate Christmas gifts for our clients. We also have many kind businesses and individuals donating clothes and food.
We are extremely thankful for each and every one of those companies (and kind individuals too). However, there are some businesses who donate food on a regular basis to SPEAR, meaning we have a more formal partnership with them.
In addition, there are some companies who have engaged in volunteering placements with SPEAR.
HomeProtect/Avantia have been supporting SPEAR since June 2019 and have renewed their ‘Charity of the Year’ partnership for 2020 – 21. They support SPEAR through their business, employee fundraising, volunteering and pro bono corporate skills sharing.
HomeProtect specialises in providing home & contents insurance for people who may struggle to find cover. Examples include people with unspent criminal convictions, have a poor financial or credit history, have made previous claims or people other insurers have refused to cover. Examples of non-standard homes covered include: converted barns, listed buildings, houses with flat roofs or subsidence, in flood risk areas or undergoing renovation. 97% of customers can get a competitive online quote or call our Yorkshire-based call centre.
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.
St George have organised a large sporting tournament for SPEAR every year involving their staff, their suppliers and a SPEAR team involving our clients and staff. They have also been involved in bike rides, £10 Challenges, runs and volunteering.
In addition, for a number of years The Berkeley Foundation generously supported our Trainee Outreach Worker post.
Overall, they have raised over £200,000 for SPEAR. Their support has been staggering, enabling SPEAR to develop further as a charity and offer new services to those most vulnerable.
Inspired Women is a great evening of fun and laughter alongside great opportunities for social and business networking with women from Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Sunbury, Kingston Upon Thames, Middlesex, Surrey and Greater London. Their events attract many local businesses. Whilst ‘Inspired Women’ is not a corporate themselves, they became involved with SPEAR in 2017 through our #SPEARBauble and our 30th Anniversary event. They selected SPEAR as Charity of the Year from March 2018. Some local Inspired Women businesses have supported us, from Yuletide Yoga and Hand Serenity. We had a wonderful partnership throughout 2018.
People Against Dirty are the fearless thinkers, mad scientists and adventurous designers who believe in defying the status quo with innovation and optimism.
They are the people behind the cleaning brands Ecover and method, who through bubbles, they want to make the world a cleaner, greener, more colourful place.
As a certified B Corporation they believe in using business as a force for good.
Metroplitan Thames Valley is a medium-sized housing association based in Twickenham, South West London.
They own or manage some 15,000 homes in London, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex. These include traditional rented housing, shared ownership, key worker and student accommodation.
Metropolitan Thames Valley have been involved with SPEAR for a number of years. With their Head Office down the road in Twickenham, we have enjoyed an ongoing partnership with them. From using their offices for training days, receiving their old ipads for our clients, taking part in sponsored sleep-outs, collecting at Twickenham station, painting our hostel, supporting our Christmas #SPEARBauble campaign. More recently, they organised an International Women’s Day event where SPEAR were a guest.
Geeta Nanda (former CEO) 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.”
PMM, a real estate asset management company, has renewed their partnership with SPEAR for 2020 – 21. Having previously funded a Trainee Outreach Worker and an Outreach Worker in 2019 – 20, their funding for this service continues in 2020 – 21. This rough sleeper outreach service, run by SPEAR, in the Borough of Wandsworth, helps support rough sleepers off the streets, move them into accommodation and address their health and wider social care problems.
Bisfeed is a digital marketing company based in Richmond who run a tech networking group of over 1,400 people. They came on board with SPEAR in 2018 and we are looking forward to how we will work together. Discussions around some cause related marketing (i.e. donations through product purchases), are just one of the ideas being explored.
Impact protection is their passion. Strongly believing that things can always improve and get better, tech21 is one of Britain’s fastest-growing tech companies.
Tech21 first got to know SPEAR through donating a gift at our 30th Anniversary event in 2017. They then came on board with SPEAR in 2018. We are looking forward to working out the plans for the partners
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, a number of their stores have held token drops for SPEAR, where the company gives a financial donation to the charity, in addition to the token drop raising overall awareness for SPEAR.
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 provided significant support for SPEAR. They have supplied cakes and cookies for collection days and donated food for SPEAR clients on a weekly basis.
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.
Ben & Jerry’s are a leading ice- cream provider who make the best possible ice-cream in the best possible way. They regularly supply SPEAR with ice-cream. This ice-cream has been provided at many events including our 30th Anniversary event, our client Christmas party and also to go with the Christmas pudding for Christmas lunch. Chris and his colleagues, from Ben & Jerry’s also attends these events and serves the ice-cream and we have really loved their support. In the summer, our clients enjoy a bowl of ice-cream as a treat.
Nando’s have supported one-off events through volunteering and food donation such as our Christmas party. Our clients really enjoyed having a tasty meal and meeting their staff.
Also provide chicken to SPEAR clients on a weekly basis. This with the Nandos, means we are able to ensure regular supplies of fresh chicken to our clients. Clients just love to drop into the Hub or Hostel and get their protein fix.
Regularly donate fruit and vegetable boxes to our Penny Wade House Hostel, providing vital vitamins and nutrition. They also donated fruit and veg and a prize at our 30th Anniversary event. Their ongoing donations are really appreciated.
Regularly donate their fantastic bread, buns, pizzas which taste delicious. These are great lunches to go alongside the chicken.
Kingston based Unilever have built a partnership with SPEAR, inviting them to Volunteer days. Also, painting our offices/hostels and getting involved in the #SPEARBauble campaign. It has been great to get to know them better.
First got involved with SPEAR as a volunteer project painting the stair-ways of Penny Wade House. They did a fabulous job, but of course we couldn’t let them leave without asking for some product donation. They kindly gave us free drinks for our 30th Anniversary event and also our client Christmas party. They are not based locally, but we have really appreciated their adhoc support.
One of the designers from Make it Clear, who lived locally in Twickenham, shared her professional skills pro-bono to design our 30th Anniversary logo and leaflets. The 30th Anniversary logo has reached audiences far and wide, is printed on our anniversary bags and on our new website. Thank you Sarah Edwards from Make It Clear.
Squires Garden Centre and Cafe Bar selected SPEAR as their Charity of the Year in 2016 – 2017. They select a different charity each year for their collection tins in their store in Fulwell. We appreciated getting to know the staff at this store better and thank all those customers who generously donated money into the collecting tins, raising over £2,000 for SPEAR. During the year, we also held some carol singing, awareness raising and collections at their store.
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
Crossword Cybersecurity plc (AIM: CCS) is a technology commercialisation company focusing exclusively on the cyber security sector. We work with research intensive European university partners to identify promising cyber security intellectual property (IP) from research that our industry partners tell us meet Emerging real-world challenges. We are thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with SPEAR for 2019 -2020 in their efforts to support the homeless and lead them to independence.
The 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 stations.
CommsCo specialises in delivering PR campaigns to support challenger technology brands. The team boasts a range of specialisms, and includes those with 20+ years’ PR experience, former journalists and recently-graduated executives.
They have helped SPEAR raise the profile of our work in the media and continue to look for new ways to help us raise our profile. They apply their expertise in content writing and public relations to promote our latest news and updates, and are exploring avenues to help us gain recognition in the sector and community. Moreover, we are really appreciative of their pro-active efforts to check in regularly and see where we need help.
EasyFundraising– ‘Giving at no cost to yourself’ Easyfundraising is a cashback website that will donate to SPEAR every time you shop at a major internet retailers such as Amazon, Expedia, and Asda to name a few. Simply signing up and clicking through via easyfundraising to your favourite shopping sites will benefit SPEAR. There aren’t any hidden or added charges and signing up is easy! To set up an account click here
Easysearch Did you know your internet search engine can be helping SPEAR at the same time as it is helping you? Powered by the internet search engine Yahoo, easysearch will find everything you want on the internet and give us a donation every time you use a link they have suggested. To choose SPEAR as the beneficiary of your internet searches please type SPEAR into the drop down search bar and start surfing the web. To get started click here