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Creating an impact in our communities and changing lives

We’re proud to be one of the Top 10 corporate givers to charity and the number 1 insurer*. We’re a different kind of business because we’re owned by a charity, but also because we have a charitable purpose to contribute to the greater good of society.

  • Through our employee-led giving programme MyGiving we gave nearly £250,000 to hundreds of good causes in 2016. Each of our regional offices has built strong relationships with charity partners in their local area and fundraise as a regional team to support them.

  • We work with key charity partners who tackle issues important to our customers and communities.

*The UK Guide to Company Giving 2017/18.

Sustainable charity partnerships

Here are just a few examples of our charity partnerships:

  • Community Education Programme in Australia

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    Changing lives for over two decades

    Our Ansvar business in Australia has been running a community programme for over two decades, contributing over AUD$10million to the lives of thousands of young people.

    The Community Education Programme (CEP) gives grants to support sustainable programmes for Australians under the age of 25, promoting ongoing education and skills making a difference to the lives of participants.

    An Ansvar grant funded an adaptive technology project for students with vision loss.

    Deb Renshaw-Jones, manager at the project explains:

    “The 2014 Ansvar CEP Grants made it possible for Vision Australia to support six individuals who are blind or have low vision with a Further Education Bursary of specialised adaptive technology, specific to their needs and level of vision. These Bursaries help to ensure that these students can fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies.”

    Find out more

  • Partnering with The Nelson Trust

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    In 2015 we established a partnership between The Nelson Trust and our Gloucester office.

    The Trust are a nationwide charity based in Gloucestershire providing drugs and alcohol rehabilitation and a range of women’s and family services. The partnership has involved a range of support including:

    • Donating in-kind gifts of clothing and toiletries for example to support The Trust’s women’s service – we gathered over 3,000 donations through a big appeal

    • Raising money through fundraising – we’ve held a ‘big draw’ to raise over £3,000 and our people have taken on triathlons and mud runs to raise funds

    • Lending a hand – we’ve taken on the challenge of completely refreshing The Trust’s counselling centre, The Old School. Teams from around the business have visited to redecorate, clear out and clear up to make it a much more inviting space.

    • Sharing our skills – we’ve recognised that we have a great deal of skills and experience The Trust can benefit from so have offered HR, Legal, Health & Safety and Risk Management advice; as well as linking up our leadership teams for mentoring.

    Following a volunteering day, a member of the Ecclesiastical team explained:

    “Overall, it was a very useful day; I did feel that we achieved a lot for a very worthy cause and I also personally learned a lot about the risks associated with some of the activities that charities undertake.”

    Find out more about our partnership with the Nelson Trust .

  • Coram Life Education

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    Ecclesiastical Insurance Group has a long-running partnership with children’s charity, Coram – the oldest children’s charity in the UK

    For six years, our Ansvar UK business has given more than £100,000 in donations and sponsorship to fund the hugely successful Coram Life Education (CLE) programme, which educates and empowers a million children nationwide each year to make healthy choices about exercise, diet, drugs and alcohol. The charity has found that 98% and 100% of Year 5 and 6 pupils respectively said what they had learned in a session would help them in the future. 

    One little boy who attended a CLE session was an elected mute, refusing to say a single word since he had started school in September, despite the best efforts of his teachers. He had also stopped speaking at home. During a session delivered by a CLE educator, he became very excited when he met glove puppet, Harold the Giraffe.  When the rest of his class sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, he joined in, making this his first communication since joining the school six months earlier.

    Recently, Ecclesiastical announced that it is providing £50,000 to CLE to develop and deliver a new ‘Relationships Education’ programme in primary schools from September 2017 that will benefit more than 200,000 children. 

    Find out more

  • IT Schools Africa

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    What a difference £125 makes

    Our UK IT Support Team linked up with the IT Schools Africa (ITSA) project. Jack Gilder explains:

    “I had donated old IT kit to IT Schools Africa at my previous employer, so it made sense to use them again and the opportunity arose while we are refreshing our monitors”.

    In 2015 we donated 350 monitors, with a further 150 to be donated in 2016. Not only does this save us money as it would have cost us £2,500 to responsibly dispose and recycle them through a third party, it also means we are making a real difference to the lives of many schoolchildren in Africa.

    So far the team has spent over 120 hours replacing, boxing and shipping old monitors ready to donate to ITSA. All four members of the IT Desktop team have also spent their volunteering day transporting and loading monitors for ITSA, which has also enabled them to donate £250 each to the charity.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.