National Grid is Special Olympics GB’s Premier Partner, thanks to a partnership that began in 2007.
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The objectives of the partnership for National Grid are as follows:
• To provide volunteering opportunities for staff
• To develop skills and raise diversity awareness
• To provide team-building opportunities outside the workplace
• To create a positive impact in the community
The partnership was renewed in September 2010 for a further 3 years with a specific focus on promoting the relationship to industry and the general public.
This renewal further demonstrates National Grid’s commitment to long term community partnerships. They have established a development fund available to all Special Olympics GB clubs, which aims to build local capacity. Additionally, National Grid is working with Special Olympics GB and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation on a pilot project in London to set up Unified Football leagues.
"We are really pleased to be supporting Special Olympics Great Britain. I believe this is a fantastic opportunity for National Grid and its employees to invest their passion, enthusiasm, and time and give something back to the communities we serve." Steve Holliday, National Grid's Chief Executive
Keeping the Lights On and the Gas Flowing
National Grid is the largest utility company in the UK and is at the very heart of the gas and electricity markets. National Grid invests billions of pounds in the nation's infrastructure, supporting communities by providing them with safe and secure energy supplies.
Construction and maintenance activities rely on the close involvement of the local community so work can be done efficiently and economically. Supporting Special Olympics at local events and in local clubs around Britain is a natural extension of the company’s existing community involvement, demonstrating how they take their responsibilities and the impact they have on communities very seriously.
The programme has exceeded all expectations. More than 600 of the company’s employees have volunteered their time to support the charity. Plus, 78% of volunteers feel that the Special Olympics GB volunteer programme makes National Grid a better place to work and 100% feel inclined to support future Special Olympics events*. *Based on an internal survey from July 2009.
Employees Speak Out
"Watching the athletes and how they enjoy themselves, they seem to be having a wonderful time. Their disabilities don't exist when they compete. I will recommend to my colleagues to take the time to volunteer, I didn't think that way before coming here…but it is an experience, one of those experiences in your life in which you want to take part." Saeed Rehman, Solihull
“Being a volunteer for the past 18 months with Special Olympics has completely changed my life. Long may it continue for myself and for National Grid.” Mel Richardson, Operations, Hollinwood
“Meeting new National Grid personnel that I would not have had a chance to meet any other way has increased my knowledge of our company employees and what they all do within the company. I think everyone should get involved in work like this through the company, they could learn a lot about themselves as well as helping a different group of people.” Tom Watson, Asset Management, Landulph, Cornwall