We want Smiths News to help communities flourish. So wherever our operations are based, we encourage staff to do their bit for society.

Whatever an employee wishes to do in the service of others, our Community Link-Up programme provides them with the time to do it. That can involve volunteering to run a local Scout troop, or giving time to visit the elderly. Alternatively, it could take the form of training for a charity run, or helping out at a home for people with disabilities. The possibilities really are endless.

We run a number of charity events to enthuse and empower staff in pursuing good works. So whether it’s a cake sale to raise money for charity or a sponsored mountain walk, we give our people all the support they need to make things happen.

Our literacy schemes enable staff to visit schools and libraries and work alongside specialists in helping young people develop their reading skills. These have proved very successful, and are something that we are proud to have played a part in setting up.

Whatever we do, we want to improve the lives of people around us. Thanks to our culture of helping others, we believe we make a positive contribution to community life up and down the country.

Staff Link-Up for local football tournament

In September, Smiths News invited colleagues from across the Group to take part in its first ever football tournament, as part of the Group’s Community Link-Up programme.

26 teams put their best players forward to compete for the top spot in an indoor version of 5-a side football, giving staff from different parts of the Group a great opportunity to get to know each other in an informal way.

The event included special guest Dan Magness, a record breaking football freestyler, who was invited to the tournament to showcase his skills and teach the players some of his world-famous free styling tricks.

Smiths News believes in the importance of encouraging a sense of community between staff within the business, and plans are already being made for a similar Link-Up event to be held later in the year.

Staff get stuck in for Stickability

Last year, a new initiative called Stickability was launched as part of Smiths News’ Community Link-Up programme. The aim of Stickability was to give employees the opportunity to volunteer in a new literacy programme for school pupils.

The programme was created by Smiths News and The Consortium in partnership with the Bath Rugby Foundation to help nine and ten year old children develop life-long skills and confidence. Employees from Smiths News helped children at Even Swindon School and Ivy Lane Primary in Chippenham build their confidence through classroom-based literacy sessions and sports activities to help the pupils learn about problem solving, focus and teamwork.

Vicky Heslop, Education Manager at Bath Rugby Foundation is delighted with how the six week programme went:

"Stickability really took off with the children and the volunteers. The training sessions went really well and all the Smiths News volunteers were very enthusiastic. The response from the children and teachers alike has been brilliant."