Social & Community
Uniquely, Stephens & George founded its own Centenary Charitable Trust in February 2012. Based in Merthyr Tydfil, an area of the South Wales Valleys with one of the highest rates of unemployment in the UK, 155 of our 231 staff are based within a five mile radius of the factory. Our staff are encouraged to develop and grow into their careers at S&G. This clearly has a wider impact on the business itself, as well as on the community as a whole; with productive, enthusiastic and skilled employees working to further the business, this can only improve the company, business opportunities and therefore the ability to contribute to the development of the community. It is a self-perpetuating system, which guarantees its own results.
First alerted to the astonishing low levels of literacy within the area, when the apprenticeship and employment aspirations were of such a low standard as to make applicants unsuitable for work, S&G decided that something had to be done. Forming the Trust has shown a deep commitment to investing and supporting, the local community and the opportunities available to people within it. S&G recognise that, in order to succeed themselves, a strong, motivated and successful community is essential, and that investment in people is the only way to achieve this mutually beneficial working relationship.
By providing people outside the organisation with the opportunity to better their education and opportunities, we are, in effect, creating a future generation of people who are able and willing to work towards their own successful careers.
The Trust has gone from strength to strength delivering five community children’s libraries in schools. We have 42 reading volunteers sitting with children in schools. Our initiative, “Chess in Schools” has had a massive impact on the behaviour and concentration levels in classes with over 150 pupils attending these classes.
From these volunteers, we have actually given eight permanent jobs to people within Stephens & George, and helped people gain the self-esteem that is required to go for interviews and, actually a purpose in life.
Our aim was only ever to change one person’s life for the better. We believe that for our employees and the surrounding community the aim has delivered a change in hundreds of lives.
A special mention to the invaluable funders of the Stephens and George Centenary Charitable Trust
- Sports Council for Wales
- Merthyr Valley Homes
- UK Youth
- Starbucks Youth Grant
- Rank Foundation
- Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity
- The Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund
- Community Foundation in Wales – Skiathos Fund
- The Big Music Project
- Arts Council Wales
- Waterloo Foundation
- The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust
- Ffos Y Fran Community Fund (Merthyr Tydfil Council – Miller Argent)
- Fairwood Trust
- Literature Wales
- Garfield Western
Please visit the Charity’s website to see how it is attempting to improve the lives of young people within our community www.sg100charitabletrust.org.uk
In addition to creating our own Charitable Trust we have several chosen Charities which we actively support and sponsor. These include Clic Sargent (the childrens’ cancer charity), Tenovus, a Welsh Cancer Charity, Barnardos and The Salvation Army amongst others.