We have a dedicated team of individuals from across our business who are responsible for driving our Make a Difference strategy, which aims to maximise the support and impact we provide to the communities in which we operate in.
The Auto Trader Community Fund powered by the Forever Manchester charity considers applications and awards up to £1,000 to community groups and grassroots projects across Greater Manchester. This year, the fund has donated over £60,000 to various causes that bring people together and empower them to create sustainable changes in their lives.
Donations from Auto Trader directly to other charities totalled an additional £55,000 through ‘Employee Match Funding’ for charities and causes that are close to their hearts. Our Give as You Earn (GAYE) scheme participation has doubled with almost 100 of our colleagues donating to charities directly via our payroll monthly.
But making a difference is not limited to donating monetary funds. Our colleagues have utilised one of our incredible benefits, two optional volunteering days, to support worthy causes across the UK. Employees offered their time and expert skills to the following: St Pancras Community Centre for young children and the elderly; Survivors Manchester for male survivors of sexual abuse; Coffee for Craig helping the homeless; and Working Change assisting women in prison to gain valuable job seeking and interview skills. We have recently partnered with Benefacto to help employees at our London office to engage in established volunteering opportunities in their local communities.
To support the arts in Manchester we continue our successful corporate partnership with HOME Arts Centre and the Manchester International Festival; both building on the rich cultural heritage of the city by introducing new artists and various art forms throughout the year.