UNW is at the very heart of the local community and we aim to contribute towards it in a wide variety of ways.

We frequently raise funding for local causes and actively encourage all staff at UNW to participate in charitable events, allowing time off for them to engage with the local community through voluntary work and event support. Not only does this aid the sustainability of the local organisations themselves, but the personal development of our colleagues too.

At UNW we have a staff-run Communities and Charity Support Group, which coordinates and organises all our fundraising and volunteering activities. Every twelve months, the group asks colleagues to nominate and vote for a charity of the year, and in previous years we have supported charities such as Charlie Bear for Cancer Appeal, Caring Hands and Newcastle Women’s Aid.

Fund-raising for these charities has been generated through many different outlets, such as concerts, raffles and cake sales. We have also had sponsored sporting activities, with a group of our staff recently undertaking an 80-mile cycle challenge. Colleagues have also taken the time to lend a hand in garden tidy-ups, as well as volunteer with The People’s Kitchen.

For 2017/18, our chosen charity of the year is Smile For Life Children’s Charity, a charitable organisation that is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children in the North East, who may be unable to get all the funding they require from larger national charities and other organisations.

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