Dragon Awards Closing Soon
Whilst the Government’s new White Paper, spearheaded by David Cameron this week, pledges an additional £40m in support for the voluntary sector, community organisations continue to need hands-on help from business to ensure the surival of the vital third sector.
Last year’s 61 entrants to the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, which highlight exactly this kind of sustainable support, created 498 jobs, helped 30,116 school pupils and provided 43,036 people with free legal advice through their innovative projects with community organisations.
With applications for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards closing on the 13th June, Lord Mayor Michael Bear urges London businesses to put forward their community engagement initiatives for recognition to celebrate what the capital is doing to support local communities.
Lord Mayor Michael Bear says;
“Whilst providing financial assistance to voluntary organisations is an essential part of Corporate Responsibility, it is also important that businesses engage with their local communities through meaningful partnerships which encourage the sharing of both skills and knowledge. By imparting their expertise, businesses can support organisations in delivering their services and also have an impact on individual lives, for example by providing legal advice or employment training.”
One of last year’s Dragon Awards winners, London City Airport, demonstrates what can be achieved through a long term partnership based on skill sharing, rather than monetary support alone. Their Take off into Work scheme offers local long term unemployed Newham residents work placements and training. As a direct result of the scheme, 153 local residents have secured employment at London City Airport.
Reiss Sinclair, a London City Airport employee who participated in the programme, says,
“I have been working at London City Airport for over a year since taking part in London City Airport’s Take off into Work scheme. I was unemployed for roughly 8 months despite looking for work day in, day out. The programme has given me the skills to become a Ramp Service Agent. Working at the airport has given me stability, it’s like a family, and I’m looking forward to climbing the ladder here.”
Lord Mayor Michael Bear continues;
“The Dragon Award entrants are a beacon of hope – demonstrating what can be done by businesses of all sizes, even in this time of austerity, to secure the future of the third sector. Indeed, across the UK two-thirds of SMEs are now engaged in local community projects. If every company or firm in the UK did a little, the potential for local communities is huge.”
Applications to the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards can be submitted online for all the award categories at www.dragonawards.org.uk. The closing date is 13th June 2011, and winners will be announced at the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards ceremony at Mansion House in the City of London on 20th September 2011.
The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards were established by the then Lord Mayor Sir David Rowe-Ham in 1987 and are named after the mythical guardians of the City of London, which can be seen at the gates of the Square Mile financial district.