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Thousands of people joined The World's Big Sleep Out on 7 December to create the world’s largest display of solidarity with, and in support of, those experiencing homelessness and displacement. Over 90 team members from Deloitte took part across the UK, raising over £120,000 to help end homelessness. Scott McKenzie, Tax Analyst, Deloitte Manchester shares the highs and lows from the night.
Why I'll be sleeping out in Trafalgar Square: Richard Houston, CEO, Deloitte UK and North South Europe
On Saturday 7 December, thousands of people across the globe will join The World's Big Sleep Out to create the world’s largest display of solidarity with, and in support of, those experiencing homelessness and displacement. Richard Houston, CEO, Deloitte UK and North South Europe, shares what inspired him to join the sleep out.
James Proud, who served in the British Army for 12 years, joined Deloitte five years ago. He quickly rose up the ranks to lead a team supporting IT for the 12,000 people working at Deloitte’s London campus. As a result, many colleagues might have come across him at the Deloitte London offices without realising that he is a veteran – or knowing about the work he does to inspire others. He shares his story about making the transition and provides some helpful career advice for anyone looking to progress.
In the UK, thousands of disadvantaged women struggle to find opportunities. The Luminary Bakery, a social enterprise supported by Deloitte’s One Million Futures programme, offers skills training, paid employment and a supportive community to help them thrive. Social enterprises are profit making businesses, which exist to drive positive environmental, community or social change.
Anna*, a refugee from Europe now living in London, is just one of the women whose future has been transformed thanks to the Luminary Bakery. To mark Buy Social for a Better World Week she shares her story – showing how something as simple as buying a cake with a cause can change a life.
As a young graduate Maeve Monaghan wanted to help people, but didn’t know it could become her full-time career. Today she leads NOW Group, a social enterprise that transforms the lives of those with autism or learning difficulties by supporting them into jobs with a future. Social enterprises are profit making businesses, which exist to drive positive environmental, community or social change. To mark this month’s Buy Social for a Better World campaign, Maeve, founder and CEO of NOW Group, makes the case for buying from a social enterprise. Now Group is one of the social enterprises supported by Deloitte through One Million Futures.
More and more corporates are choosing to buy products and services from social enterprise businesses. Social enterprises are profit making businesses, which exist to drive positive environmental, community or social change. To mark this month’s Buy Social for a Better World campaign, Charlie Wigglesworth, Deputy Chief Executive at Social Enterprise UK sheds a light on why this shift is making a huge impact on society and the environment, as well as benefiting corporates. Deloitte is supporting several social enterprises through the One Million Futures programme.
Do you remember your first job? You were probably nervous but also excited about what the future might hold. Too many young people miss out on this experience because of the barriers to finding employment. That is why Deloitte in Birmingham teamed up with Action for Children to help disadvantaged young people fulfil their potential. Clare King, who is leading the partnership, shares one truly inspirational story.
Chris was very quiet. He made little eye contact, did not speak much and appeared to have poor self-esteem.
Being referred to the STEPs Programme, one of the Action for Children initiatives supported by Deloitte, changed that.
When Deloitte launched One Million Futures in 2016 with the aim of helping one million people to get where they want to be, it was the start of an ambitious initiative to transform lives. Solomon Arouna, a student at one of the One Million Futures Partner Schools, St Mary Magdalene Academy in Islington, is just one of them.
I admit that I was not the best-behaved pupil when I started at St Mary Magdalene Academy.
I wasn’t particularly academic. I struggled to apply myself. And my main ambition back then was to be a footballer.
Today, I am head boy, much more confident, hope to achieve three A Levels in English Lit, Politics and Sociology and then study Law and Anthropology at university. And instead of being a footballer I now want to be a lawyer.
How did this transformation come about?
Adam Watts, Assistant Manager in Restructuring Services in Bristol, and a group of colleagues slept rough for the night to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funding for 1625 Independent People. The charity is just one of those helped by the firm’s social impact strategy, One Million Futures.
Have you ever walked past a homeless person huddled in a doorway or cocooned in a sleeping bag on a bench? How did that make you feel?
It is difficult to see people living on the streets, particularly at this time of year when it is bitterly cold. Believe me, it is nothing like camping. It is also hard when you see young people who are the same age as you, without anywhere to live.
That is why I - along with seven colleagues from Deloitte in Bristol - recently volunteered to experience homelessness. Our aim was to raise awareness, as well as vital funds, for the charity 1625 Independent People which helps young people in and around Bristol, typically aged from 16 to 25, who are currently homeless or at risk.
As a passionate supporter of Teach First, the charity set up to tackle inequality in education, Nick Owen, Chairman of Deloitte NWE, recently went back to school. He talked to pupils at Cantell School in Southampton as part of The Big Class Challenge, and is calling on others to follow in his footsteps, delivering special classroom activities that will encourage and inspire children from low-income communities to ‘dream big’.
Standing in front of a class of 14-year-olds, I did wonder if they would connect with me. After all, I am a 50 something white bloke who lives in London and here I was in a school where half the pupils’ first language is not English and more than one in five qualify for free school meals.
The ace up my sleeve to grab their attention was my local connection.
I don’t know where they expected the Chairman of Deloitte to have been educated. It probably wasn’t the sixth form college not that far away in Chichester. Yes, I left school at 16 to do my A levels at sixth form college. I doubt they were anticipating that.