Grant Thornton volunteers support Sheffield youth charity

05 February 2019

Grant Thornton’s Sheffield office has helped a local youth charity with the renovation of its new location in the Steel City. In2Change plans to use the building as a place where local people can get together and where arts projects can come to life.

Rutland Hall was initially built in 1906 as a community hub for young people in the area, funded by Dr Helen Wilson, the first female doctor and magistrate in Sheffield. From 1969 it was used by South Yorkshire Printers – however, when the firm relocated the building fell into disrepair and became a magnet for drug users and squatters.

Sheffield charity In2Change took it over in 2014, in the hope of restoring it to its former glory, and its original purpose. In2Change is a non-profit charitable organisation that aims to prevent young people from becoming involved in criminal activities. It does this via targeted interventions designed and delivered by ex-offenders and serving prisoners. The youth offender alternative education service took up residence in Rutland Hall in Neepsend in 2014 to renovate the disused building.

Grant Thornton volunteers support Sheffield youth charityAfter doing extensive work clearing and securing the building so it was safe to use, the charity continued their renovations with the support of the local branch of global auditing and advisory firm, Grant Thornton. Volunteers from Grant Thornton Sheffield took a day out to help paint for the young people’s charitable organisation’s new hub. Kitted out with rollers and ample amounts of paint, the team set to work painting the new centre staircase and landing.

Before the Grant Thornton cohort commenced their hard graft, however, the volunteers received a tour of the centre by CEO, Brian Wreakes. This included taking in In2Change’s mock court room and prison cell, used to show young people how courts work and the living conditions of people who are sent to prison.

Commenting on the work, Kim Hanson, Wealth Advisory Assistant Manager at Grant Thornton said, “It was an excellent team building day, and very satisfying to help such a worthwhile organisation.”

The volunteering day facilitated by charity South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation has seen In2Change now well on its way to creating a hub of activity and opportunity for the vulnerable and excluded young people they support. Another plan involving the venue will see two Sheffield University English Literature students, Sam Dickinson and Sam Ward, work to turn one of the large, main rooms at Rutland Hall into an arts venue, which will be called The Railway Playhouse after the old Woodhead Line nearby.

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Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

19 March 2019

A communications consultancy has announced it will perform a ‘consulting marathon’ to raise money for a charity based in Africa. SEO Travel will offer a 12-hour consulting surgery to as many small travel businesses as possible, while raising money for the cause.

SEO Travel has been helping travel companies improve their online presence since 2011. The firm works with a wide range of global travel brands who it helps develop brand visibility online through SEO, social media, PR and other techniques. Based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, the firm works to create engaging campaigns that increase brand awareness and drive more business and sales in a sustainable way.

The professional services firm has announced that as of the 21st of March, it will be offering these services to small travel businesses as part of a charity fundraising drive. The session will last 12 hours straight, and offers the chance for a 30-minute session, which travel companies can sign up for at the SEO Travel website. The marathon session will help small travel businesses which wouldn’t usually be able to afford a respectable and trustworthy agency’s advice.

Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

As well as helping small businesses, the event is also being used as an opportunity to raise money for charity, with SEO Travel donating to Tanzanian safari charity ‘Care with a View’ for each person that signs up, as well as asking businesses taking part to make a small donation of £10 themselves. The event will run from 8am to 8pm UK and is open to anyone around the world.

It will run by SEO Travel founder Tom McLoughlin, bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. He explained, “I’ve got the team here on standby to order pizzas and bring me Tangfastics on demand throughout the day!”

According to Mcloughlin, while there is a lot of marketing advice on the internet, the volume of information is so high that it's impossible for small firms to tell what will help and what will hurt their company. He concluded, “With the ‘Charity Travel Marketingathon Bonanza’ we want to take away the part of not knowing so these businesses can go away with clear, actionable tactics that will help grow their business.”

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