There are many charities and organisations that support the hospitality industry and the people who work in the sector.
At Caterer.com we’ve identified 12 that have, over the past year, helped people into work and to face the challenges that life can throw at us all.
Each of the twelve charities address specific industry issues in innovative and creative ways, from professional chefs reaching 16,000 pupils around the country, to raising over £100,000 to fund scholarships for rising stars within hospitality.
Every day for 12 days we will be revealing our 12, sharing the contribution they have made to the industry in 2018 and their plans for 2020.
Today’s featured organisation is…
Day 6 – HIT Scotland
HIT Scotland celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2019. This milestone culminated in awarding the 3,000th HIT Scholarship, in addition to providing support for 14,000 students over the preceding years. With the reach and demand for scholarships increasing every year, individuals and companies can get involved in many ways. Individuals can experience teamwork and networking by joining one of our many committees that develop and deliver our unique fundraising events.
Our Futures Group, in conjunction with Caterer.com, is another forum to provide direction and inspiration to the next generation of industry leaders. Companies can support by attending the events and contributing prizes.
The application process for the HIT Scotland scholarships 2020 is now open!
A new challenge for 2020 will be the Kilimanjaro Expedition in September. This will be another ambitious challenge for the industry and we are looking to raise funds in memory of Andrew Fairlie. Many more details can be found at this link to the web page and the support section
Our previous 12 days of hospitality charities and organisations
Day 1 – Springboard
This year, Springboard has helped almost 800 people into employment or further education in the sector and have enabled 1,139 individuals to enrol on an employability programme.
Springboard are always seeking new business partners, sponsors and volunteers to help young people, and those with barriers to employment, into sustainable jobs in hospitality. Businesses can help by providing work placements, hosting and participating in events and fundraisers, encouraging staff to become Springboard Ambassadors, mentoring, making donations or adopting Springboard as a charity of choice in 2020.
Day 2 – Hospitality Action
Through their support services, which include a Suicide Awareness Programme, Employee Assistance Programme, Winter Fuel Grant and School Uniform Grant Hospitality Action have helped more industry people than ever before. By the end of 2019, over £750,000 will have been awarded in grants to those in need in the sector.
2020 is set to be an important year for Hospitality Action as they increase the available tools and skills employers need to respond to conversations about mental health amongst employees. The charity hopes to raise over £150,000 in 2020 to continue to provide invaluable services to those working in hospitality.
Day 3 – OAPA
Only a Pavement Away has helped provide hospitality jobs to 52 vulnerable people. That’s an average of one per week, with retention way above the industry average. A 12-month campaign of engagement and action has seen an increase in the number of employers & charities working with OAPA. The charity also handed out 3,500 reusable water flasks to rough sleepers as part of it’s Fill a Flask Campaign and 450 waterproof bags full of coats, hats, gloves and blankets to those sleeping rough on the streets of London as part of the Winter Warmth campaign.
To continue to support vulnerable groups into work Only a Pavement Away needs to encourage more engagement and donations from industry brands and organisations. Several campaigns are planned throughout 2020 including Cook & Dine, a conference, Fill A Flask & Winter Warmth.
Day – 4 – Hospitality Health
In a few short months, Hospitality Health has enabled hospitality employers to think differently about supporting staff with mental health issues by delivering expert training. Since inception, the charity has presented 3 Wellbeing Charters to Buzzwords, Apex Hotels and Manorview Group and 5 Resilience training sessions.
2020 will see the charity host several fundraising activities, including a 5-ferry challenge, for which they will be seeking sponsorship partners. This is a cycle around 5 islands in the Firth of Clyde, supported by the ferry co, Caledonian MacBrayne.
Hospitality Health also plans to host public Resilience Training courses across Scotland, and are always on the lookout for volunteers to work with Trustees at events.
If you wish to make a donation, our Justgiving page is: www.justgiving.com/hospitalityhealth
Day 5 – London Hospitality Festival
The London Hospitality Festival brings together over 3500 hospitality workers for one very special summer day. Friends and families gather to play football, socialise and raise lots of money for charity.
If you’d like your company to take part and treat employees at the 2020 London Hospitality Festival on Sunday 13th September, you can pre-register your interest here
Come back to our blog on 9 December, when we will be revealing day six of our 12 days of hospitality spirit organisation.