Helping make the world a better place
At Cornish Mutual, we are passionate about supporting our local community. Our people are encouraged to get involved in local charities and events and each year, we raise money for one particular local charity.
So you will often see Cornish Mutual staff involved in charity runs, bake-a-thons, beach clean ups and all kinds of other community events around the South West.
And our work doesn’t stop there. We even provide training and support to local charities and organisations so they can improve and grow.
At Cornish Mutual, it is part of our ethos that we all want to help make a difference and make our communities in the South West an even better place to live and work.
Here are some of the community projects we have been involved in over the last couple of years.
CHICKS is a fantastic local charity that provides respite breaks for disadvantaged children at its retreats in Cornwall and Devon. As well as fundraising and participating in activities, Cornish Mutual has helped the charity with tailored training. Having scooped national awards for the quality of our own staff training, we are more than happy to share our expertise with local charities. We have helped CHICKS adopt a new method of staff appraisal, based on our own innovative approach, where the emphasis is on positive kinds of behaviour.
Our Managing Director, Alan Goddard says; “We believe it’s essential that people are aware of how they interact with colleagues and customers, it’s key to developing a really harmonious and ultimately more productive working environment.”
Eleanor Hoskin, Chief Executive of CHICKS, said: “We were really impressed by how the systems at Cornish Mutual were implemented, and we were eager to benefit from their experiences to improve our own way of working.”
Childrens Hospice South West
As part of our recent 110th anniversary celebrations, we donated 110 hours of Cornish Mutual time to the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). Activities included:
- Leaflet distribution, raising awareness of the CHSW ‘It’s a Knock Out’ charity event
- Sourcing free bottles of water, snacks and fruit for the participants of the ‘It’s a Knock Out’ event
- Helping out in the CHSW charity shops
- Visiting Little Harbour Hospice to find out more about the charity's work
- Running quizzes, raffles and bake offs
Over the year we raised over £4,000 for the charity.
Young Farmers Clubs in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset
Cornish Mutual has also helped Cornwall Young Farmers Club through sharing our skills. Their County Organiser, at the time, Katherine Spencer spent time with us learning about our way of working, and as a result went on to produce a staff handbook and new office guidelines.
Cornish Mutual Chief Executive Alan Goddard added: “We have worked very closely with our friends at Cornwall
Young Farmers for many years, so we were also delighted to help them work more effectively.”
Cornish Mutual also helps the Federations of Young Farmers in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall by providing sponsorship and ongoing support in areas such as farm safety, events and fundraising.
For example, in Devon we helped the Young Farmers to learn about the importance of farm safety by supporting three farm safety walks. The interactive sessions took them around working farms with no staged situations and challenged them to find potential hazards. The attendees were also educated on examples of good farm safety practice from health and safety instructors.
And this year in Cornwall we worked with Cornwall Young Farmers to run a special photography competition. The best photos were selected to be part of a special 2015 calendar which demonstrates the life of a Young Farmer in Cornwall. The calendar was unveiled at the Royal Cornwall Show and it is now on sale to the general public, helping to raise money to support the work that they do.
We also love to sponsor activities that we consider to be a vital part of the rural community, such as sheep dog trials, ploughing matches, stock judging and agricultural shows.