“This is Momentum’s first year working in conjunction with the Finsbury & Clerkenwell Volunteers. As a communications specialist agency we are committed to giving back to our local community as part of our brand values and were greatly impressed by the range of services this fantastic charity offers isolated and less able senior citizens in the area.

“Unfortunately, these great services are under threat because the economic climate has forced a cessation in essential council funding for F+C. Momentum employees have therefore taken the opportunity to raise funds themselves through internal events, bringing the agency together and hopefully providing relevant support for the charity. Long may it continue.”

Momentum PLC

Shine Communications has supported Finsbury & Clerkenwell Volunteers over a number of years, both through volunteering and fundraising. As the CEO of a local business, I think supporting charities in and around the local area is vital and it gives our staff more of an incentive to get involved in whatever way they like.

“Our team here at Shine have volunteered for a number of the charity’s annual parties where they have helped make and serve food, run the raffle and generally socialise with the elderly clients; I know that allowing them to give their time to help a local charity like Finsbury & Clerkenwell provides a hugely rewarding and enriching experience, both for them and the elderly people that the charity supports. Fundraising projects for the charity also allows them to take a step back from the often busy and bustling world of PR and take the time to help those in need.

:I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending that other local companies get involved – either by pledging monetary support or offering volunteering opportunities for their staff. It really does make a difference to see our staff happy in supporting a local charity which is close to their hearts and only adds to the positive vibes in the office.”

Rachel Bell, CEO, Shine Communications

“The Finsbury and Clerkenwell Lunch Club is so important to the elderly people in South Islington and is for some their only opportunity of meeting their friends. It’s a friendly, warm and welcoming place for some of the most vulnerable elderly people. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Lunch Club is a charity well worth supporting either by volunteering or making donations.

Lloyds Banking Group’s Legal Team first became involved with the Finsbury and Clerkenwell Lunch Club in 2010 when the Group launched its “Day to Make a Difference” initiative, which enables all employees to spend up to a day each year volunteering with a charity of their choice in the community in which they work. In 2010 we were able to offer the Lunch Club our services with a small team to help with making their clients’ tea and coffee, preparing and serving lunches, chatting with them over lunch and generally helping out with the raffle and all-important Bingo! It proved so popular that this year we were delighted to be able to have three teams of volunteers helping out over 3 days.

“Our relationship with the Lunch Club has enabled us to give something back to our local community as well as providing us with a good team-building opportunity. Lloyds Banking Group’s Legal Team hopes to be able to continue its association with the Lunch Club in the years ahead.”

Sue Jones, Group Legal Department, Lloyds Banking Group