Why should your company support The Disabilities Trust?

Working with us opens up a huge range of opportunities and benefits to both your organisation and ours. A number of corporates prefer to donate time to charities these days and where we can accommodate we enjoy having teams come in to rejuvenate our services gardens and communal areas. There is also an option to take part in Corporate Volunteering.

Fundraising for The Disabilities Trust or taking part in a volunteer challenge at one of our services encourages your staff to work together in a different way. Whatever you decide to take part in, you will be making a valuable contribution towards our work.

By supporting our work, your organisation can generate an extremely positive PR message for both internal and external audiences. We will work with your organisation to make sure that your corporate fundraising partnership that meets all your interests and objectives.

How you can help

There are many ways you can support us. We have given you some ideas, but don't feel limited to them, be as creative as you like! We are happy for you to specify whether you would like your donation to go towards one of our divisions or even to an individual service. Remember, it doesn't matter how much you raise or how small your planned project is, lots of small amounts combine to make a big difference.

Natwest fundraising team in Shinewater Court, Eastbourne

1) Choose The Disabilities Trust as your 'charity of the year'

Do you or the company you work for decide on a charity of the year each year? Choosing The Disabilities Trust as your charity of the year is a great way to create new PR opportunities, boost team morale and enhance your company image internally and externally.

In 2010, The National Accident Helpline chose to support our brain injury services which are run through our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) and raised over £4,000 from fundraising activities such as sporting challenges and staff events. Sam Porteous, chief executive of National Accident Helpline, said: "In the past three years more than 500 people and their families have approached us seeking access to justice after brain injuries or accidents. No-one knows when such an accident might strike, which makes BIRT an invaluable source of information and support to patients and their families."

2) Sponsor an event

We run regular conferences, road shows and seminars throughout the year. Sponsorship can be anything from £100 to £10,000, and is available locally and nationally. Sponsoring an event is a great way to raise awareness of your company amongst a specific target audience.

The 2011 BIRT Conference theme was Inspiring Learning and Innovation in Brain Injury Rehabilitation and was attended by over 300 delegates from around the world attended. Irwin Mitchell Solicitors sponsored the event and they said "We were delighted to support the BIRT international conference. We were very impressed by the quality of the speakers and the range of delegates which provided us with valuable networking opportunities. We hope to be involved in future conferences with BIRT."

3) Team Building Opportunities

If you are looking for an exciting and different way to build team morale, then you could encourage and support your employees to take part in one of our sponsored events. Donate your time and skills: volunteer at one of our services

Why not share your time and skills with The Disabilities Trust? Taking part in a volunteer challenge for a specific project at one of our services is a great way for you and your staff to give something back. It can also help encourage teamwork, cooperation and boost your company profile in the local community. Here are some ways you can get involved:

Matalan team challenge fundraising event

  • help to refurbish and redecorate our services
  • carry out a gardening project at one of our services
  • use your specialist skills to develop the way we work

We have over 25 services and many more community based houses across the UK so there will always be somewhere local to your company that needs your help.

Staff from Cisco Systems Inc. gave two of the classrooms at Heathermount School in Ascot a bit of a makeover. A team of employees spent the day painting and decorating and doing general DIY at the school, with a little help from some of the pupils who were keen to join in. Yasmin Nattee, Territory Business Manager at Cisco, said: "The team had a great day at Heathermount. It was really good to get involved and actually meet some of the pupils and work alongside them."

4) Matched funding

If your company runs a matched funding scheme, you could consider match-funding a specific project, or sponsoring your employees to take part in a matched fundraising event on behalf of The Disabilities Trust. Not only will this inspire your staff to give more, it will also boost morale within the workplace and generate positive PR.

Contact us

Sounds good? If your company would like to develop a mutually beneficial partnership with a leading national charity, or would simply like to find out more, we'd love to hear from you.

To discuss these or any other ideas, please do not hesitate to contact the Fundraising Team on 01444 237 286 or email: fundraising@thedtgroup.org