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Dock Doors
of Giving

This has been a difficult year for so many people. It's also been a difficult year for the charities, groups and good causes who support so many people in our local communities. That's why, during December, our Dock Doors of Giving campaign aims to return over €200,000 (£178,000) to charities, community groups and good causes working across Europe to help those in need.

Join us on our journey as our offices and employees across Europe give back by donating time, money and vital equipment every day during December. You can also find out more about the charities and initiatives we're supporting and how you can get involved.

Let's use this month to change the year for someone.

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Dock Door Day 7

Improving Futures

#Covid-19 has affected the #education & job prospects of countless young people across Europe. So today, we’re supporting those #charities working with vulnerable & disadvantaged young people to help them develop skills and find employment. We’re donating €4825 (£4,320) across charities such as Apprentis d’Auteuil in France, Suited for Success & Croydon Commitment.

Find out more about the work of these amazing charities and how you can help below:

 

Croydon Commitment

Croydon Commitment is a well-established charity, founded in 2004 to help Croydon businesses to achieve the best value and impact from business corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to benefit local people and the environment.

Confidence and Employability workshops are run in partnership with employee volunteers and deliver a programme that aims to instil confidence in young people and raise their aspirations. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for the workplace and benefit from first hand interactions with business people from a wide variety of occupations

https://croydoncommitment.org.uk/

 

Suited for Success

Suited for Success believes helping unemployed men and women with interview skills and a suitable interview outfit will give them the confidence they need to make that positive first impression and get a job that could change their life.

Suited for Success is a registered UK charity providing FREE high-quality interview clothes, styling and interview preparation skills for unemployed men and women who have a confirmed job interview. Gently worn suits and smart workwear is donated by professional men and women in corporate companies, law firms, banks, offices and businesses across the city.  The suits are given to our clients ‘FREE of charge’ to wear to a job interview.

https://www.suitedforsuccess.co.uk/

 

Apprentis d’Auteuil, France 

Apprentis d’Auteuil offers, within a French school system that is still too unequal, a real alternative for young people and families who have not yet found their place there. The foundation is also leading a fight in favor of schools for all internationally. Their aim is to improve the life of disadvantaged young people and help them achieve a better education and job prospects.

https://www.apprentis-auteuil.org/

 

Dock Door Day 8

Feeding Communities

At this time of year, sharing food is a way of bringing communities together, combating loneliness and exploring different cultures. Today, we’re donating £1,000 (€1100) to Acorns Childrens Hospice to help them feed the children and families staying in their #BlackCountry hospice over the #Christmas period. We’re also donating €1850 (£1670) across two #foodbanks in Slovakia (Potravinová banka Slovenska) and the Czech Republic (Potravinová banka pro Prahu) and our employees in Spain have also been busy donating items of much needed food to the Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos.

As it’s #nationalbrownieday we also asked our employees across Europe to share their favourite festive recipes with us and you can view and download these recipes and find out more about the work of these amazing charities below.

 

Acorns Childrens Hospice 

At Acorns Children’s Hospice, dedicated teams provide specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and support for their families. This support is offered from our three hospices based in Worcester, Birmingham and Walsall, as well as in the family home and community.

https://www.acorns.org.uk/

 

Potravinová banka Slovenska

Potravinová banka Slovenska collects food for free, stores it and distributes it to humanitarian or charitable organizations that provide food aid to people in need in Slovakia. 

http://www.pbs.sk/

 

Potravinová banka pro Prahu

Potravinová banka pro Prahu take surplus food from supermarkets and restaurants and distributes it to the needy through non-profit and charitable organizations in the Czech Republic.

https://potravinovabankapraha.cz/

 

Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos.

The Spanish Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL)  is a non-political and non-denominational NGO, founded in 1996,  which promotes, encourages and coordinates associated Food Banks in the fight against  hunger, poverty and food waste through of its use and distribution among the neediest people, in addition to other social functions.

https://www.fesbal.org.es/

 

Swedish Saffron Buns Recipe

Dutch Mini Pancakes Recipe

French Christmas Shortbread Recipe

English Mince Pies Recipe

Polish Poppyseed Roll Recipe

German Gingerbread Recipe