At Manchester Airport, we have a long history of working in close and active partnership with our local communities to help share the benefits of our success. Over the years, we have worked with many local organisations to enable everyone to benefit from our expertise and resources. Today, we focus our community work on the areas closest to the Airport and give priority to those with the greatest social and economic need. Our approach for working in the community in the next three years is set out in our Community Strategy 2012 to 2014.
We have recently published our Annual Community Report 2012-13. The Review summarises how we work with our neighbouring communities and details some of the activities Airport staff have been involved in over the last twelve months. We hope that you will appreciate the wide range of activities we have developed. As you will find in the Review, over the last twelve months we have continued our work with our neighbouring communities and schools. Our intentions remain the same, to add value and create opportunity. Our Social Responsibility activities are at the core of our business and we embrace the opportunities that they provide to develop our own staff.
We encourage our colleagues to participate in community initiatives, particularly where they have the opportunity to share skills and learn new ones. We believe that support in kind is often more important than money, and do not offer direct financial support, other than through the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund, which also offers support to groups from further afield Community Trust Fund
The Manchester Airport attendance scheme continues in to the 2013/2014 Academic year and is now run in 15 local schools. Children are able to earn a series, certificates and badges to reward good attendance patterns. Our aim through this Scheme to develop patterns of good behaviour that children will carry with them in to the workplace.
Schools participating in the initiative include Primary Schools in our key areas of Wythenshawe and Longridge (Knutsford); including years 7, 8 and 9 of the Manchester Enterprise Academy and its’ feeder Primary schools. We have also been pleased to include other local schools that are affected by our operations in Stockport and Cheshire. We support Education in our area with a range of partnerships and teaching tools.
Charities and schools in our community which do not qualify for funding from our Trust Fund may apply for prizes for fund-raising.
Community Relations Manager