Close to Home: International Community Week

 

Last year it was just a day. This year we went one step bigger.

We pride ourselves on giving something back. Helping the local communities we live and work in around the world.

That’s why in March 2016, we launched our community commitment Close to HOME through our International Community Day. Hundreds of our colleagues took part. And we helped hundreds more.

Whether it was arranging a footie session for a kid’s charity in Manila, assisting a local foodbank in Nevada or refurbishing an animal shelter in Gibraltar, our colleagues worked tirelessly to volunteer for local initiatives that they had chosen to support.

This year we expanded the event for our first ever International Community Week, which took place from 20 to 26 March 2017.

"Every week, our colleagues from all over the world, give up their time to help local causes that they are passionate about supporting. Our International Community Week is about celebrating these efforts, and bringing together our William Hill colleagues as they support their local communities. It promises to be an incredible week, packed full of activity and I can’t wait to see all the projects in action."

Bill South, Group Director of Security and Community Affairs

If you want to see how our colleagues got on, take a look at our 2017 International Community Week image gallery.

Sydney: OzHarvest, The Habitat, The Smith Family

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Colleagues from our Sydney office will be spending the Community Week supporting 3 different local initiatives: OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause, The Habitat and The Smith Family.

Some of our team will be making meals through of OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause, which will then be delivered directly to disadvantaged communities.

Ten more volunteers will be helping out at The Habitat and the office will also be collecting clothes throughout the week for The Smith Family, one of Australia’s largest charity clothing recyclers. 

Manila: Casili Elementary School, Bahay Aurora and the Fairplay for All

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Our team in Manila will be running a series of fundraising and volunteering activities, continuing their support for people from 3 organisations that they have worked with closely over the last year: Casili Elementary School, Bahay Aurora and the Fairplay for All Foundation, the charity the team supported on last year’s International Community Day.

Our Manila office will also be arranging in office charity fundraising activities to support all 3 charities.

Tel Aviv: L'Sova

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The team will be launching their volunteering program for local homeless shelter L'Sova, which will see different colleagues from the office volunteer every week to help serve food for those in need.

Gibraltar: Spanish Stray Cats

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A group of colleagues in Gibraltar will be volunteering at the premises of local charity ‘Spanish Stray Cats’ to help repair a fence and clear the grounds after a recent flooding.

Wood Green: Mind in Haringey

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A team will be helping to repaint counselling rooms at local charity, Mind in Haringey, which offers support and services to members of the community who may be suffering from mental health issues.

Wood Green: Bikes for Good Causes

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Our Retail Gaming team will be volunteering at Bikes For Good Causes, a local project run in partnership with Action for Kids, a local charity helping people with disabilities find employment, where the team regularly volunteer. They will be helping to refurbish and repaint the café during the Week.

Leeds: St Gemma’s Hospice

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Colleagues from our Leeds offices will be supporting one of their long standing charities, St Gemma’s Hospice, as part of the Community Week.

Shoreditch: Red Nose Day

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To celebrate Red Nose Day on the Friday of Community Week, colleagues from our Shoreditch office will be hosting a ‘Red Food Day’ fundraiser. The team will be baking tasty red treats on the day, and monies raised will split between Red Nose Day, and a local homeless shelter.

Nevada: Spread the Word

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Volunteers will be working with Spread the Word Nevada, a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing childhood literacy within local communities by giving out 46,000 books per month to schools in Nevada.

Volunteers will be helping out at the charity by sorting through and preparing donated books to be sent out to schools.

Kraków: Shelter for Homeless Animals

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The team in Kraków will be volunteering at the Shelter for Homeless Animals in the local area, lending their support by doing some painting, decorating and cleaning at the shelter.

Sofia

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Our team in Sofia will be volunteering at a local church to support the homeless in the area.

Volunteers will be running a number of different activities, from cooking to hairdressing, spending a day socialising with those in need. The team worked with the Church on a Street Store project back in 2015.

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Batley and Spen

As part of their support for the Jo Cox Foundation, the area will be arranging a collection for one of Jo's charities that she helped establish, Batley Foodbank. They will also spend a day volunteering at the charity.

 

Blackpool

Colleagues in the Blackpool area will be supporting Mereside M.A.F.I.A. by helping to clear land in front of the New Police Station in order to provide a Community Park and garden area.

 

Birmingham

The Birmingham team will be volunteering for SIFA Fireside, a homeless shelter, by helping to serve breakfast.

 

Canterbury

A group of volunteers from Canterbury will be helping out at the Canterbury branch of the Retired Greyhounds Trust with activities such as dog walking and grooming.

 

Glasgow

Colleagues in Glasgow are continuing their long standing relationship with Starter Packs, a local charity supporting homeless people who are moving into new accommodation. There will be a collection taking place across 107 shops and batches of volunteers will also be helping out at the charity during the week.

 

Liverpool & North Wales

Colleagues across the region will be hosting a series of fundraising activities for children’s charity KIND including a static bike marathon, a sponsored climb up the giant hill of Moel Famau, rounded off by a regional race night on the Friday.

 

Rochdale & Manchester

Teams across the areas of Rochdale and Manchester are arranging a donations collection during the Community Week for Crimson Wave, a charity that provides female personal hygiene products to homeless women.

 

Sunderland & South Shields

Teams across the area have been collecting food tin donations to donate to the foodbank at Hospitality and Hope, a local homeless shelter. They will be putting their own spin on ‘Donald Trump’s Mexican Wall theme’ by building a wall of donations to be transferred to the foodbank.

Other teams will also be preparing and serving food in the morning at Hospitality and Hope, conducting a ‘deep clean’ in the Hospitality and Hope kitchen rooms; and to round off the week, the team will also be supporting local charity Daisy Chain helping out in their superstore and farm on the Friday of Community Week.