We have strong links with the communities in which we work, and want to make an enduring contribution through charitable donations, sponsorship, volunteering and our employment and training opportunities.
Each year our team members choose a charity for us to support, often based upon personal experience. We take pride in raising the awareness of worthwhile causes and promoting fundraising activities such as sporting events, charity functions, cake sales and quiz nights. Since 2012 our staff have raised over £26,400 for charity.
State of Mind Sport
Our nominated charity for 2019-2020 is State of Mind Sport. The charity uses sport to encourage people to discuss the issues of mental health and wellbeing and to encourage suicide prevention. Staff have run fundraising activities including coffee-and-cake mornings, dress-down days and sporting challenges.
Our board of directors has offered to double all the money raised by staff. The donation total stood at £12,652 by March 2020.
VGC’s charity for 2017 and 2018 was Samaritans: staff raised more than £7,130. Samaritans offer support to anyone who is struggling to cope with life: volunteers are available 24 hours a day on 116 123.
By the end of 2016, staff had raised £12,900 for Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research).
In 2013, we supported Mesothelioma UK, and we were delighted to donate over £6,360.
We support local schools and community groups, for example by providing raffle prizes.
- Lighthouse Club
- Green Lanes Primary School in Hatfield
- Chalfont St Peter Samaritans
- Chalfont St Peter Infant School
Playing sports, particularly team sports, helps to keep bodies and minds healthy. We sponsor the following clubs:
Hanwell Football Club
We sponsor Hanwell Football Club.
Tynemouth Cricket Club
London County GAA Intermediate Football Championship
VGC Group sponsors the London County GAA Intermediate Football Championship.
GHA Gazelles rugby club
VGC Group sponsors the Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians Rugby Club veterans, the Gazelles.
VGC Group encourages and supports staff who undertake volunteering activities within the community in our programme ‘go beyond and give back‘.