Last Thursday, over 70 employees from Blackstone’s London office took part in the global autumn volunteer day. Started in 2010, Blackstone Connects provides meaningful opportunities for Blackstone employees to give back to the communities in which they work and live. This year we partnered with four different London organizations: The City of Westminster College, Centrepoint, FareShare and Wrap Up London.
We were thrilled this year to partner with the City of Westminster College and Time & Talents to deliver an employability workshop for their A Level and vocational students. The workshop was designed to challenge the students and help them to recognize and develop the skills needed for their future roles in the workplace. Fun, engaging and inspiring, the event was a huge success as employees were on hand to offer career guidance and motivate students to think in an entrepreneurial and creative way.
This is our fourth year in helping Centrepoint set up for the big Sleep Out. Centrepoint is the UK's leading charity for homeless young people. It supports more than 9,200 homeless 16-25 year olds each year into a home and a job. A Blackstone team joined this year’s event and raised over £4,500 for this incredible cause.
FareShare saves good food destined for waste and sends it to charities and community groups around the UK who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. Last year FareShare redistributed enough food for over 28.6 million meals across 1,300 towns and cities. Blackstone employees spent the afternoon helping sort the donations from their warehouse in Deptford.
We continue to support Wrap Up London in donating coats and jackets. This year we also helped sort over 500 warm winter coats ready for distribution to charity partners. These coats go directly to those most in need this winter – the homeless, refugees and others in need. Last year, Wrap Up London collected an incredible 25,000 coats so a big volunteer effort is essential. Wrap Up London is now in its seventh year, and its impact continues to grow thanks to those who donate their coats and the volunteers who give their time.