CSR at Softwire in 2015

11 February 2016, by

Last year, we wrote a blog post listing our CSR goals for 2015. Here’s how we did against them:

Educational outreach

  • We worked with lots of young people last year through events that we’ve already blogged about, such as Code Club, Code Club Pro, Young Rewired State and Tech City Stars.
  • In the summer we also hosted 5 work experience students from the Social Mobility Foundation. This is the second time we’ve done this, and we hope to continue with it!
  • Through Stemettes, a group of 20 schoolgirls enjoyed a day trip to our offices where they learned to make a simple app. We introduced them specially to some of our female developers and project managers, and of course our MD Zoe. We hope some of them will be inspired to go into STEM careers!

Raising money

  • Our sponsorship of the village of Bonkron, through Ashanti Development, has been a great success. They’re now relatively well off and can continue to develop on their own, so we plan to find another village in the same region to support.
  • We raised £24,500 through Charity Saturday, just short of our goal of £25,000 but still a figure we are very proud of.
  • Over 10% of our employees have signed up to payroll giving and we’re on track for the Payroll Giving Gold award.
  • In total, we raised £30,800 for charity in 2015, and Softwire donated a further £4,000 through our matching scheme. The money went to charities including Ashanti Development, MIND, Broken Rainbow, Giving What We Can, Home-Start, Shelter and Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.

Using our skills

  • Zoe became a trustee of Ashanti Development this year. She’s helping to ensure the charity is fulfilling its objectives and making the best decisions, using skills she’s developed in her role leading Softwire as Managing Director.
  • Our contribution to 24 Pull Requests was an unprecedented success this Christmas – we came in 4th place overall!
  • In Bristol, we’ve been supporting Baby Bank Network with a day a month of technical assistance.

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