Education, Development and Well-being
With a history stretching back to 1833, John Menzies plc recognises both the importance of passing responsibilities from one generation to the next and also our responsibility to prepare subsequent generations for growth and success, whilst addressing the inequality which may affect their opportunities.
Each year the Company donates a total of £80,000 to charitable causes which support children’s education, development and well-being across our areas of operation.
The ARCHIE Foundation ensured that Christmas came early for patients at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital last year, thanks to Menzies Parcels.
A Menzies delivery van packed full of over £2000 worth of toys and games arrived at the hospital on Thursday 20th October, before they were unloaded and carried into the ward by a team of Archie and Menzies volunteers. The toys donated were specifically selected for hospital use; easy to wipe-clean and sterilise to prevent the spread of infections.
The ARCHIE Foundation is the official charity of The Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, Tayside Children's Hospital and The Highland Children's Unit. Menzies have a long-standing relationship with The ARCHIE Foundation, having provided free delivery services to the charity since 2013.
Room To Read is a global organisation transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries. The charity focuses on literacy and gender equality in education.
Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, they develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, supporting girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Room to Read has benefited 10 million children across 17,500 communities in Asia and Africa. The charity aim to reach 15 million children by 2020. To find out more, visit https://www.roomtoread.org/
Playlist for Life is a UK charity that encourages families and caregivers to create a playlist of personally meaningful music on an iPod for people living with dementia.
850,000 people live currently with dementia in the UK and the number is expected to double by 2040. Researchers have highlighted the potential for music to alleviate dementia symptoms such as anxiety and agitation, reducing the need for medication. Research has also shown that even the smallest improvements may delay or negate the need for someone with dementia to go into institutional care. Music helps improve their present mood, improve their awareness, improve their ability to understand and think, and help their sense of identity and independence.
If you’d like to find out more about Playlist for Life, visit https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/
We are also delighted to offer our staff the opportunity to select their own charities and help in any way we can; awareness, donations and support. Some of the other charities our staff elected to support this year;
- Listening Books provide a vital online and postal audiobook service to children and adults who struggle to read due to an illness, disability or learning difficulty.
- Orfanato Casa Amor y Restauracion Hermosa is a children’s orphanage located in the Dominican Republic providing education and protection for vulnerable children.
- Akshaya Patra strive to fight hunger and malnutrition and encourage children to attend school with the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.
- Hummingbird House Hospice is situated in Queensland, Australia and provide families of hospitalised children with short break stays and relaxation away from the hospital environment.