While necessary, we realise that HR support for charities is not always financially viable. They have strict budgets and HR support tends to fall to the bottom of their priorities. Yet charities are still liable to the same employment laws that other sectors must comply to.

Since giving back to our local communities is so important to us, each year we run a campaign to search for our Charity of the Year. We choose one charity per area (currently Northamptonshire and Yorkshire) – which is never an easy task – and give them free HR support, including management development and training, for a year.

We will be taking applications for our Charity of the Year 2019 towards the end of the year.

In 2018 we are supporting Teamwork Trust. Teamwork Trust has centres in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough, where they support adults with mental health needs, learning and physical disabilities. This support comes in the form of enabling and education projects, activities and counselling programmes.

From January to March 2018, the Gateway team are taking part in the Workplace Challenge. Between us we are aiming to complete 4 different challenges:

1. The Everest Climb – This will involve completing the 29,029 ft climb to the top of the world.

2. The Channel Swim – The shortest swim distance to complete the English Channel swim is 21miles or 33,796m

3. To Row the English Channel – 21 miles (shortest distance) equals 33.8km’s

4. Walk Lands End to John O’Groats 874 miles.

If you would like to support us and donate to Teamwork Trust at the same time, you can do so by clicking here.

You can keep up with our progress by following our Facebook or Twitter pages.