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Opening the door to opportunity in the north west
Our north west offices are opening the door to opportunity across the region - and encouraging our business contacts to get involved too.
With more than 200 volunteers in the region playing their part in achieving our One Million Futures ambition, our north west team is tackling social mobility head on.
As a result, in the past year, we have made an impact on over 1,500 futures in the region. And by encouraging our clients and contacts to join us in our important work, we’re making great progress on our targets to provide access to education and employment to those most in need.
Life changing opportunities
The team’s goal is to help the organisations we’re supporting create life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged or disaffected people, who may otherwise have chosen very different paths.
Manchester-based partner Chris Rix, who leads the north west’s work on One Million Futures said “We are inspired by the scale of the social mobility challenge, combined with the appetite across the north west business community to have a positive impact. People choose to work for us because we give them the opportunity to make a difference. Clients choose to work with us because we lead the way on the issues that are important to them. Their desire to get involved in our initiatives is a clear vote of confidence.”
Tackling the big problems
The wide variety of our work, and that of our clients and contacts, means we can offer help in all kinds of ways.
For example, support we’ve offered to youth homelessness charity Depaul UK has ranged from giving advice on the opening of its premises in the heart of Manchester, and heat mapping projects to help identify the areas of the country in greatest need of the organisation’s services. We’ve also given direct support to young people in need of help to get back on their feet after a crisis, running sessions for Depaul on employability and money matters.
Through our links with Caritas Diocese of Salford, which provides educational and wellbeing support to asylum seekers and refugees in Greater Manchester, we supported a lunchtime English Conversation Club. Created so that refugee women can make connections and develop their language skills, it’s demonstrating the importance of small actions making a difference.
Nationally, we have worked alongside Teach First for more than 10 years, supporting the organisation in its mission to ‘build a fair education for all’.
Recognising the huge potential impact of more businesses building partnerships with schools, and through her membership of Teach First’s North West Business Leaders Council, Manchester-based Assistant Manager Lauren Clarke is among those who have introduced Teach First to other companies interested in forging partnerships.
Lauren said, “We want students from all backgrounds to know that anyone can work for a firm like ours. We’ve found that when young people talk about their future with someone like us, who isn’t a teacher or family member, we can really have an impact.”
To this end, our people and their clients are using their skills to mentor students in schools, colleges and universities. Their goal is to prepare young people for life after education, signposting initiatives like Deloitte’s Summer Vacation Scheme, general apprenticeships or other routes into work.
One Million Futures
Launched in 2016, One Million Futures is our ambition to help one million people get to where they want to be through access to education and employment. We’re supporting over 60 inspiring social enterprises, charities and schools with pro bono, volunteering and fundraising.
One Million Futures is part of our Global WorldClass commitment to help 50 million futures prepare for a world of opportunity.