Business in the community Waitrose #GiveandGain event

Friday 15th May 2015 and I am on the top of the Waitrose building in Bracknell having been greeted with massive smiles from the Waitrose customer service desk, I am escorted through the back of the Waitrose store and up onto the roof where I am introduced to the Give and Gain team.



I am delighted to represent @Nacro_ at the Business in the community‪ #‎GiveandGain‬ day for the ‪Bracknell, Berkshire‬ area.

Presenting the great work we do getting young people into ‪employment‬ in conjunction with @BracknellForest council (BFC)


BFC provided me with the marketing materials to explain Elevate (click here)

Designed to create economic growth and decide how public money should be spent.

Rose Evans holding the Elevate marketing materials with Gemma Nicholas, Waitrose Partner Development

Gemma, pictured above with me, studied history before her role in Waitrose partner development and we discussed Gemma coming into the Nacro Bracknell centre and explaining,  to the young people; her journey from education into Waitrose employment.

Waitrose hospitality includes a selection of gluten free cakes. They also laid on wine and cheese.


The event was not about fundraising….the core aim was organisation’s connecting to define what value they can add to each other’s projects, in order to benefit the wider community of Bracknell.

I paired up with Gareth Mepham, Youth and Community Work Manager at The Wayz Youth Club and we did some speed networking.

Rose Evans speed networking with Clare Bailey from Bracknell Leisure centre

Wendy Wiley Police Community Support Officer from Bracknell police station, kindly agreed to come into the Nacro Bracknell centre and give a ‘day in the life of’ talk to the young people telling us about her role and sharing experiences from the 10 years she has spent in Bracknell community support.

Happy Waitrose staff pictured with David and Gareth from The Wayz, behind is PCSO Wendy Wiley Police community Support Officer

Gareth from The Wayz won the raffle.


We all sang Happy Birthday to celebrate with Philip Cook, General Manager at involve (Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action)


involve works to strengthen the capacity of the thriving voluntary and community sectors in Bracknell Forest and Wokingham Borough, in particular the advancement of education, the protection of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness: to promote and organise co-operation and bring together representatives of voluntary organisations and statutory authorities.

Lucinder Saywell who Heads up the Community Matters initiatives at Waitrose Bracknell, told me how Waitrose gives back to the local area, working with 2 businesses and 9 schools, Waitrose offer work experience to any age group, Lucinder talked me through the process of how they take feedback at every step of the way and provide thorough training.


The power of T E A M = Together Everyone Achieves More

There are plenty of career development opportunities at Waitrose. Gemma, Alison, Lucinda and all the staff I met today display a great camaraderie and a sense of belonging, I am left thinking how owning a share in your company, creates loyalty. The success is shared by everyone and every staff member is a partner in the business.

The John Lewis Partnership’s 93,800 Partners own the leading UK retail businesses – John Lewis and Waitrose. The founder’s vision of a successful business powered by its people and its principles defines the unique company today. The profits and benefits created by the organisation’s success are shared by all the Partners.

Give and Gain it is a two way street.

A diverse, engaged workforce is essential to any business.

In October 2013, I wrote a blog about Ban the Box, a campaign to remove the default tick box that asks about criminal records in the recruitment process, everyone deserves a second chance.

Ex-offenders not only contribute as taxpayers, but contribute as good (and loyal) employees

It is not about increasing risk or changing job specifications. It’s about benefiting the business by recruiting from a wider pool, only considering criminal convictions where they are relevant to a specific role.

10million people across England & Wales have a criminal record.

Nacro can GIVE employers FREE advice and guidance on hiring people with criminal records.

For employment law and all recruitment matters call 0845 600 3194


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

AgeUK and The Wayz Youth Club are among the local employers who practice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and give the young people who attend Nacro BFC work pairing scheme employment opportunities.

My goal is to spread the word so that more employers will give and gain.

What value can you add to your community?…..Please feel free to comment below.

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