Swindon charity invites ‘Company of the Year’ applications

By Anita Jaynes on 17 March, 2015

Its been a successful start to 2015 for Swindon’s Mobile Youth Club project BIOS, having been awarded a High Sheriff of Wiltshire’s award. They are now celebrating the start of their second year of operations by launching their ‘Company of the Year initiative inviting applications from local businesses to sign-up for the next 12 months.

Project Director Chris Priddy explains; “Lots of companies have a ‘Charity of the Year’ programme where a specific charity is adopted and supported for a year. Here at BIOS we have had a hugely successful first year and have been supported by many great local businesses in a wide variety of ways. Excalibur Communications were our principle supporter for 2014;  but now as we look to our second year we are looking for a new company to be key partner for the next 12 months.”

James Phipps CEO of Excalibur Group said: “BIOS is an amazing service that no one else can provide locally and is helping so many of Swindon’s youth with the challenges, including boredom, they face. It has been very rewarding for myself and Excalibur, we continue to support them but is a great opportunity for another local business to get involved as well.”

In their first year BIOS have had over 9,000 engagements with young people, delivered almost 500 sessions and worked with 21 volunteers. Each engagement has been an opportunity for them to offer a young person support, care and the help to make positive life choices. Their innovative approach and unique mobile youth club vehicle has really met young people where they’re at and amid enormous cuts to youth provision they have been able to make a tangible and real difference to young peoples lives.

Their new business partner will enter into a year long support partnership with BIOS who are keen to work creatively alongside the business supporter for mutual benefit. The company logo will be displayed on the outside of the BIOS Van advertising their support for the project as it drives all around Swindon. There is also the opportunity for the van to visit the company’s premises and events, for employees to visit and volunteer at the project and to develop creative joint marketing ideas both around the town and online. The financial support will enable the BIOS project to meet its £28,000 annual running costs and keep its van on the roads.

To find out more about BIOS and the ‘Company of the Year’ programme visit www.settings4life.org.uk/coty or contact Chris : bios@settings4life.org.uk