The Acre Foundation

Octavia's Corporate Volunteer of the Year

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Simone

Octavia's Corporate Volunteer of the Year

On Wednesday night, Acre was honoured by the Octavia Foundation, a locally based community group that we have held a close partnership with since 2005. We won the prestigious “Octavia Foundation Corporate Volunteer of the Year” award for our bespoke Gateway to Work programme.

The programme was developed in 2011 and aims to use our consultants recruitment expertise to provide mentorship and interview preparation for the clients of Octavia’s employment and training projects. The main goal is to build confidence and interviews skills in long-term unemployed or socially disadvantaged individuals as they look to (re)enter the workforce.

This has progressed over past three years to becoming something that Octavia recognises as having “been nothing short of transformational for a number of clients” with some of their clients having “gone onto their dream jobs after an intervention with Acre”. This corporate pro bono work also gives Octavia a unique edge in the eyes of both clients and funders.

For Acre, our close partnership with Octavia forms a vital part of our own corporate responsibility. The Acre Foundation encompasses a range evolving initiatives from mentoring to fundraising and employee volunteering. Octavia is one of the Foundation’s main charity partners along with Cool Earth and EDGE and we’re extremely proud to have raised a total of £21,417 for these charities.

We believe we should utilise our core strengths and skills to achieve a positive impact in the community we operate within and find working with Octavia and their clients extremely rewarding. It leverages what we do day in day out, our knowledge and experience, to work with individuals that we can really help, and allows us to see the change in their confidence and ability.

We’ll be hosting a variety of exciting fundraising events this summer to help reach our challenging target of £8000 for Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity (GOSH). You can support and find more information about our gruelling 24 Peaks challenge for GOSH here.