Supporting our Region
In the Sunday Times “Top 100 Companies to Work For”, one of the key categories that staff felt differentiated great companies was “How much companies are thought by their staff to put back into society generally and the local community”. This view is also supported within the Delt business case in terms of keeping business in the SouthWest and working with local communities.
As part of this initiative we were approached by a member of our staff Paul Jeffery for sponsorship for a local youth football club. Paul, an RA Agent based in Delt’s Office in Mount Gould, Plymouth is a Coach in his spare time for Plymstock United Colts Under 9’s and gives up much of his time to the club.
The young team were looking to enter their first competitive league, starting September 2016, but were having difficulties raising the funds required to purchase a new football kit. Unfortunately, the old-school rule of “no kit, play in vest and pants” is no longer suitable and so, to save the team’s blushes, Delt Shared Services agreed to sponsor the team and kit them out in the striking Plymstock Colts black and red strip that you can see below.
“The whole team is very grateful and proud to have the Delt logo on our shirts and we would like to thank Giles, Damean and everyone else at Delt for supporting us.
We have a list of costs for training kits, equipment, Pitches, footballs etc. and player subs just can’t cover everything. Grassroots football is more expensive than people realise and without sponsorship, teams like ours would find it quite difficult to participate.
We’ve had a tough start to the season, as it was a new team put together in the months and weeks prior to the league starting.
We are in the U9 Tavy league if anyone wants to come and watch. I know the boys would appreciate the support but it means you won’t get a lie on a Saturday morning as most games kick off at 10am!”
Not only does this support a great local initiative it supports one of our key objectives to actively promote health and wellbeing.
Back in 2015, Plymouth & District Mind was nominated as one of our local charities to support through voluntary work. Interestingly, for us, they needed help with their IT!
Olivia Craig, Mind’s Operations Manager explained, “We supported over 3,000 people in the last 2 years who have been in crisis because of a mental health problem. Our support services are innovative and up-to-date and we would desperately like our IT capabilities to be the same.”
Delt undertook a site survey and made recommendations for removing redundant telephone lines and broadband contracts. We removed ICT equipment that wasn’t being used, rewired the LAN structured cabling and brought a shared internet access to all offices. All PCs can now see each other on a simple shared network. We put the MFD in the reception office onto the network and this is now being used by all office staff. WiFi access was improved throughout the offices by moving existing points and adding new ones. For this, old Broadband Routers were reconfigured as WAPs to reduce cost.
As defined in our core values statement and to support our region, this project fulfilled one of our key promises with respect to a local charity, but it doesn’t end there. In return for this work, Mind’s Training Manager, Richard Wakerell is kindly running 3 workshops for relevant staff – Promoting Wellbeing in the Workplace. Richard is pictured below in the first workshop held at Delt’s offices In Plymouth;
The workshops provide a valuable ‘first step’ for our managers and team leaders in raising awareness of mental health and how we can maintain a healthy workplace. We may well progress this training in the future through Mind for key staff members.
Earlier this year Plymouth Mind successfully applied for development funding from the National Lottery Sustainability Fund and a project board has been set up with other partners to define a strategy for their future business model. At present, the focus is on marketing and sales but Delt attend the board meetings as an interested party. It’s likely that at some stage in the future, funding will be made available for them to improve their ICT capability to support future growth and Delt may be involved in this.
Delt has a number of ongoing initiatives to support good causes within our region:
- Volunteer matching: for staff who carry out voluntary work for registered charities, Delt will match up to two days taken from the staff member’s annual leave entitlement with the same amount of paid “Charity leave”.
- Delt Charity Days: Delt supports one or more local charities using our manpower. Groups from Delt carry out work together on a paid leave basis, to support the charity’s goals and also to act as a team-building exercise. Participation isn’t compulsory, although all staff members will be encouraged to take part allowing Delt to be recognised as a positive force in the community.
- Surplus equipment: from time to time Delt has stocks of computer equipment that whilst end of life in the corporate world, will still be very useful to other organisations. Charities and not for profits are encouraged to contact us to see where we can help.