In keeping with the decentralised nature of the Tyman Group, each operating unit participated in several local initiatives and charitable causes either associated with the unit or to which an employee has a personal connection.
AmesburyTruth is actively involved in local and national charitable initiatives through monetary donations as well as providing hours of community service. Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Make A Wish, United Way and Junior Achievement are all national programmes with which the Company has partnered financially and through volunteer hours. Several of the sites support employee fundraising campaigns with United Way which helps raises additional funds outside of the Company.
AmesburyTruth participates financially and with physical involvement at the local Chambers of Commerce in Cannon Falls, Owatonna, Sioux Falls and Statesville. During the holiday season and winter months, AmesburyTruth runs collection campaigns at the sites collecting winter wear, clothing and supplies for the needy. Many employees are active with the local school districts and support sport teams. Each site has a WAVE (Wellness, Activity, Volunteerism, Events) Committee which plans, co-ordinates and interacts with the community on programmes and opportunities.
Total value of donations in 2018
Each year ERA employees vote for their choice of charity to be supported by the business; for 2018 the chosen charity was the Midlands Air Ambulance. This charity is responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK although it receives no government or National Lottery funding. Through a number of fundraising activities the employees raised over £10,000.
The EY Foundation is a charity that works with young people in the UK to realise their career ambitions. In October 2018 ERA hosted the EY Foundation “Our Futures” launch event at i54. This was a one week course for 12 young people, in the West Midlands area, to participate in a programme of events designed to engage and encourage them to make a transition into higher education so they can begin to achieve their career potential. As well as hosting this event ERA and Tyman plc provided funding and sponsorship for two of these places.
donated in 2018
Reflecting the international nature of the Division, the community activities in which each unit is involved are equally diverse, reflecting the interests of local employees. These activities range from staff in Sydney completing a 35km walk along the Sydney coastline in aid of Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation to the Sales Manager for Western Australia completing an annual charity motorbike ride, with all proceeds generated going to the local RSPC. In Aycliffe, the Customer Services Manager completed her first half marathon in aid of a small charity, You in Mind. This is a Leicester-based charity which supports people with mental health issues and focuses on social activities and excursions for its clients.
The Budrio head office supports local charities and this year has supported sports among the younger generations by sponsoring the Piccoli Amici 2009/2010 team in the youth sector of the Mezzolara Calcio football club. This sponsorship consolidated the Company’s links with Budrio, home to Mezzolara, where some of the children of SchlegelGiesse employees’ play.