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Communities

Communities

Community engagement

Engaging with our communities through colleague volunteering and charitable giving is an important part of our culture, and we are also a not for profit organisation. Our colleagues are encouraged to use their time and skills for volunteering, fundraising for charity and helping people fulfil their potential. Through this we help to unlock the potential of thousands of people worldwide.

Charity partnerships

Our charity partners for 2022-24, who were nominated and voted for by colleagues, are:

  • Book Aid International, who send around one million new books to libraries, schools, prisons, hospitals, universities and refugee camps in over 25 countries every year. Our partnership is currently supporing the development of a library at Warazo Primary School in Nyeri County, Kenya.
  • Centre 33, who provide free and confidential support to young people with mental heath, caring responsibilities, housing, sexual health and more.
  • North East Autism Society, who help autistic young people fulfil their potential by providing care and education.
  • Positive Youth Foundation, who help raise the aspirations and life chances of 8 to 25 year olds by running regular groups with girls and young women, looked after children and newly arrived refugees, helping those at risk of exclusion from school, offending or exploitation.

Our colleagues around the world also support a wide range of charities of their choice. Find our more about some of the charities we’ve supported in 2022-23 below.

Local connections

Our UK charity partners are Book Aid International, Centre 33, North East Autism Society and Positive Youth Foundation. In 2022-23, colleagues also ran, walked, climbed, swam, knitted, stitched and baked, fundraising for charities with which they have a personal or professional connection, including (listed in alphabetical order): 

4Louis, Alzheimers Research, Arthur Rank, Avenues, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, Cambridge Aid, Camfed, Cancer Research UK, Children in Need, Coppafeel, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, DEC Pakistan Appeal, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Girls in Sport, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Home Start, Jimmy’s, Kaleidoscope Trust, Kite Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, Millie’s Children’s Charity, MIND, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Movember, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Petals, Prostrate Cancer UK, Red Cross, Rowan Humberstone, Royal British Legion, Say it Loud, Smart Works, Streetaid, Turtle Dove, Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team, World Health Organisation, Wintercomfort, Women in Sport.

International charities supported by colleagues included: 

  • Australia: Indigenous Reading Project
  • Brazil: Grupo Amar
  • Iberia: Fundación Down Madrid
  • India: Say Earth
  • Nigeria: Philipana
  • Philippines: ChildHope, Project Inclusion Network, I Support the Girls, Kabahagi Parent Advocates' Organization
  • South Africa: Ladles of Love, NGO Isipho Sezipho
  • Turkey: T.C. Milli Egitim Bakanligi
  • US: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Westchester Community College

Our partnership with Book Aid International has been in support of their Books to Go project, helping to establish a library at Warazo Primary School in Kenya. Before the school library was established via the Books to Go project the children could only access books by walking the 9km to their nearest public library. 

An unused classroom at the school has been painted, shelving put up and tables and chairs set up which has created a bright, welcoming environment for children to read new UK and local books. As part of the programme, teachers at the school have also received training and support to help them set up and run the library.

 

Philippines

In the Philippines, we backed various initiatives, such as ChildHope Philippines Foundation, engaging in storytelling and colouring activities for street children in Luneta, Manila City; a scholarship fund aiding youth with disabilities in higher education and promoting inclusion; I Support the Girls, providing menstrual products for young women; and Project Inclusion Network, assisting parents and caregivers of people with disabilities in enhancing their entrepreneurial skills.

South Africa

For Mandela Day, we partnered with Ladles of Love for a world record, with 40 colleagues crafting toys and books. Another 50 joined the Santa Shoebox Project, donating 31 personalized gift boxes with essentials for children. Additional initiatives involved beach cleanups, collecting sanitary items for The Woman in Me, and supporting Malawi flood relief through food donations.

United Kingdom

UK colleagues engaged in many volunteering activities, from environmental work to providing reading support in primary schools. They also delivered food during school holidays and offered legal advice to a group aiding socially excluded individuals. Events like Work in Publishing Week, World Book Day, work experience placements, a careers 'taster' day, and a "Communicating Climate Action" day reached 270 students, introducing them to various career opportunities.

United States

Our New York office has supported Suny Westchester Community College for ten years, sponsoring two scholars to participate in a summer program at the University of Cambridge. A team of colleagues took part in the Terry Fox Run, raising funds for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Other colleagues participated in the charity PENCIL program Principal for a Day at the N.Y.C. Museum School, joining class discussions and providing insights into academic publishing.

Brazil

The Cambridge Day series, a free event for English Language Teaching professionals, has run for over 20 years. Attendees have donated over 45 tonnes of food through the Brazil team's Food for Thought project. In the latest edition, nearly 1,800 teachers across nine cities donated 3.6 tons of food and, in collaboration with NGO Grupo Amar, packed 250 bags with toys, clothes, and hygiene essentials for families at Christmas.

India

Our Delhi-based team took part in a tree-planting initiative which aims to develop an urban, micro-forest at Ghaziabad. We are supporting the environment project run by the charity Say Earth for two years as part of our local corporate social responsibility initiatives and global employee volunteering programme.

Australia

We support the Indigenous Reading Project through donating royalties from our four-volume Australian History textbook series, the only textbook series published for the new Victorian Certificate of Education curriculum that covers Australian history from 60,000 BCE.

Iberia

Colleague volunteers in Madrid supported Fundación Down Madrid students to increase their employability skills, helping them to learn English vocabulary commonly used in office environments. The goal was to equip students with essential language skills that would enhance their professional development and provide them with a deeper understanding of office operations.

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