Our Corporate Social Responsibility Commitment
Since its inception as Vicky Mann Associates in 1978, VMA Group has been involved in CSR activities. Giving back to the communities in which we operate has been our passion. There is a real spirit behind CSR and charitable giving in the company which has grown over the years.VMA Group believes that a company culture based on core values not only helps our business, but also defines the role that we can and should play in society.
Since September 2012, VMA Group has been working with Connect, a UK charity for people living with aphasia, a communication disability which usually occurs after stroke. Connect aims to improve the lives of people living with aphasia and communication disabilities, equipping them to re-connect with life.
With communication at the heart of what both VMA Group and Connect do, we felt ours was a perfect partnership and we are delighted to be working with Connect both in a fundraising and volunteering capacity. We are aiming to raise £5,000 over the next year, specifically to help establish their newly opened outreach centre in Oxford. Over the coming months several of us will be trained to help at the Connect’s drop-in centre in London once a month and we are exploring a variety of fundraising initiatives to reach our £5k target.
We held competitions during the Olympics and Paralympics, which has left our first Connect moneybox filled to the brim. Gold, silver and bronze winners were awarded with some great prizes kindly donated by the YMCA gym, Walk In Back Rub Centre and the Salt Yard restaurant.
More recently, on 7th October 2012, Andrew Holland and Paul Mourton ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon in aid of Connect, raising over £1000.
Connect builds communities and helps people with aphasia support one another. You can Connect too! - Help them extend their reach by supporting them donating through their Justgiving page.
Connect is currently looking for volunteers! Please contact Jeanne Jobson at Connect for more details email@example.com 020 7367 0873
The VMA Group is involved in other charitable activities including giving regularly to charities such as: ‘Help for Heroes, ‘I Can’ and ‘Connect’ among others. We communicate our charitable activity on our website, in regular email bulletins and at our weekly staff meetings.
Julia Meighan, Executive Chairman, has been a mentor with the Princes Trust for eight years. This year she was appointed to chair the launch panel for its Enterprise Programme, set up to help 800 young people start their own businesses in the next year.
In spring 2012 Julia also became involved with Save the Children through appearing on Channel 4’s 'How the Other Half Live'. She, along with her family, saw it as a real opportunity to help single mum, Zofia in relaunching her business aspirations by providing both financial and emotional support.
When Julia met Zofia, she and her daughter were facing eviction from their flat. Despite sending out over 150 applications Zofia was unable to find work and was paying off mounting debts. Julia was able to mentor Zofia (who had previously started her own business) back into self employment and their families have developed a lasting bond.
Find out more about what motivated Julia to get involved in the programme here
Recycling is one of the primary ways in which economies can reduce their energy output and carbon emissions. Recycling also preserves scarce natural resources, saves water, and reduces pollution and dependence on landfill.
VMA Group is committed to environmental leadership in all of our business activities. All our office paper and computer hardware is recycled.