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Being based in Birmingham, it was important to us that our chosen partner was local, so that we could give back to the community that has give us and our people so much support. To this end, we have chosen to support the Midlands youth charity, YMCA Heart of England, as our official charity partner.

Our employees have previously raised money for St Basil’s, SIFA Fireside, and Land Aid, have chosen to continue their support for homelessness, choosing the youth charity for their focus on giving young people a second chance.

YMCA Heart of England works with young people, providing a range of support including accommodation, mental health, training and education, nurseries and youth groups.

We will take part in a range of fundraising initiatives, including the YMCA’s annual Sleep Easy – spending a night sleeping rough, the three peaks challenge, and a 5 million steps challenge. Employees, who receive 4 paid volunteering days each year, will also have the opportunity to do grounds maintenance, hold CV writing workshops, and distribute Christmas presents to residents.

YMCA England & Wales is the largest provider of safe, supported accommodation for young people in England and Wales, providing a home to more than 20,000 people experiencing homelessness each year. YMCA Heart of England serves the Birmingham, Coventry, and Warwickshire region, providing more than 300 beds for young people in need.

James Fitzpatrick, Boden Group Managing Director, said:

YMCA Heart of England felt like a natural choice for us - for starters, they're all about helping to inspire young people to reach their potential, and as a business that's exactly what we're trying to do with our own people.

They provide a huge range of services to young people across Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire - meaning we'll have an opportunity to give back to the communities that have supported and nurtured us and our team members.

And as a recruitment company, working with an organisation helping young people to find their feet feels like a great fit.

We're really looking forward to exploring all the different ways we can fundraise, volunteer, and raise awareness for this incredible organisation, which helps hundreds of young people every year.

Pauline Tomlinson, CEO said about the announcement:

We are delighted that Boden Group have chosen us as their fundraising partner for this next year and look forward to working with them.

We hope that by working together with Boden Group we will demonstrate the impact that partnerships can have for both parties. All of the funds raised will help us to support even more vulnerable young people with vital services ensuring that they can live life in all its fullness.

We have undertaken a challenge to walk 5 million steps in the space of a month, and next we will be taking on the three peaks challenge.

To help support us reach our £2000 target to support YMCA Heart of England, head over to our fundraising page.

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