We have established a network of Community Champions right across our business, encouraging members of our teams to get involved in volunteering in local projects to enhance their personal development and provide real, sustainable benefits to our neighbouring communities.
Read on to discover a selection of our recent community projects:
Crossacres and Haveley Hey Primary Schools benefit from weekly visits by Manchester Airport staff who act as reading ‘mentors’ to pupils. The benefits are genuinely two-way; as the children’s reading skills improve, our colleagues have developed their own coaching and mentoring skills.
Working with 15 local schools in Wythenshawe, Cheshire and Stockport, we have established a new programme aimed at boosting and sustaining attendance at school. The scheme rewards excellent attendance with badges and certificates and other incentives, culminating in a special celebration event at the airport in July. Acting as powerful role models, Manchester Airport staff present the badges and certificates in person, helping establish behavioral patterns that we hope will continue in later life. A new self service web based scheme is offered to schools via the education website
Attending an interview is a challenging experience – and a vital skill. We support local schools with mock interviews for young people aimed at simulating ‘real world’ situations, enabling students to become familiar with the interview process, and boosting our own interviewing skills. Often these are delivered with volunteers from other businesses via BWS Job Skills sessions.
Recycling and Disposal
We take our environmental obligations seriously. Items of office furniture obsolete uniform and IT equipment that are still serviceable but no longer needed by us or our service partners are regularly donated to the community for use by local charities.
Voucher collection scheme
Champions are encouraged to lobby colleagues to support our voucher collection scheme. Vouchers have been collected for the last 4 years and they have been donated to Haveley Hey, Benchill and Crossacres Primary Schools, all near neighbours in Wythenshawe. This years nominated school will be the Willows Primary and Haveley Hey Community School in Wythenshawe.
Collecting is now being made even easier thanks to Hurst Stores and Interiors who have kindly made us a number of collection boxes, which are branded with the ‘Don’t say No’ campaign slogan. Post your vouchers in one of the boxes located in the following locations:-
Olympic House Reception
The Fire Station
Airfield Safety Unit
Tower Block – 7th floor –in Operations
Tower Block 6th floor - rest room
Security pass office
Bussing control room
Aviation viewing park
Motor transport reception
Commonwealth House reception
In addition to Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s campaign vouchers we also collect other campaign vouchers and coupons from food items such as Nestle cereals – books for schools. If in doubt post it in the box and let us decide what to do with it.
Jane Bowman in our Airfield Operations department kindly collects up and counts all of the vouchers before presenting them to the lucky school.
If you have a project in mind that may be of interest to our Community Champions please contact;
Wendy Sinfield at Manchester Airport
Tel: 08000 967 967