For many years, I have been involved in the communiities of Greater Manchester. My passions are education, training and leadership – so it’s no surprise as to the kinds of organisations i give my time to. It may seem a little strange to some people that small or micro businesses talk of Social Value or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The reason why we do it, is we care for the wellbeing and advancement of others.
Young Enterprise (2015-to date)
My primary focus since early 2015 has been as a Judge at Young Enterprise. I have officiated in local contests in Trafford and in Manchester. From September 2017 I will be a Young Enterprise Mentor to my local school (St.Ambrose College, see below). From the Y.E. website:
“Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills.
We make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed, building on 8 key skills:
- Financial Capability
Saint Ambrose College (2017 to date)
In the summer of 2017 I worked with my local school in Hale Barns, Altrincham. The Saint Ambrose College entrants into Young Enterprise were a company called Jobscouts. Although this relationship was short – i did help them with business advice and tips on speaking and presenting. Jobscouts made it to the Regional Finals and came a very close second. They did very well with what they had – a good lesson in business as well as life.
It must have had a good positive impact as I have been asked to be their Mentor from September 2017.
Warrington Disability Partnership (2016)
In 2016, I set up a Sales Training Seminar and made donations to Warrington Disability Partnership.
St. Ann’s Hospice (2015-2016)
During 2015 and 2016, I set up some networking events and donated small sums to local charities like St Ann’s Hospice.
St. Ambrose Barlow RC High School (2015-2016)
For a period of time I worked with a forward-thinking school in Swinton to provide a business/enterprise viewpoint into certain areas of their curriculum and community based activities. This was done with other individuals from a broad spectrum of skills, knowledge and experience.
In particular, I played a key role in assisting the school run their Enterprise projects for Year 7 which involved helping form, mould and inspire teams of 6 pupils each to create their own business and create products/services that they could sell in the run up to and at their Christmas fair.
Various Charities whilst at Codework (2004-2014)
During my time at Codework, I gave up my time to raise funds for a number of local charities.
Various Charities whilst at North Trafford College (1993-1999)
During my time at North Trafford College, I gave up my time to raise funds for a number of local charities.
Manchester Black Resource Centre (1992-1994)
The first organisation I was involved with in Greater Manchester was the Manchester Black Resource Centre which was based at the Old Library Building on Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester,
I was a part time volunteer who helped with community events. I utilised my technical skills to get involved in technical projects run in conjunction with Manchester City Council (bulletin boards and information exchange – just before the Internet explosion in the mid-1990s).
Also, I played a key role in securing the funding for ESF (European Social Fund) courses to deliver computer training to the long term unemplyed. I was one of the trainers as well on this successful set of courses.