24 Whilst for many years the business and the individuals within have supported organisations, it has been on an ad-hoc basis and in late 2017 the decision was made to bring these efforts together under the umbrella of the GFW Community programme. In 2018, individuals across the four regions were encouraged to dedicate some of their time to providing assistance to local organisations, and for the first time ever, we were able to record their efforts. The scope has both surprised us and made us all the prouder of our team. In addition to the individual efforts across the business, the GFW Community programme involves a new approach which saw our teams from the four regions nominate and then vote for a cause they'd like to support. The nominations were varied and the regional community representatives whittled the choices down to three causes and submitted them to the vote. For the 2019/20 year, our four regional causes will be: ■ St Oswalds Hospice ■ My Name’5 Doddie ■ Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, Northallerton ■ If You Care Share Our teams are coordinating with the causes to see how we can help over the year and indeed some activities have already been planned, some even completed! Visit our website or follow our various social media pages to keep abreast of our progress. Stephanie Linnell, a Partner and regional lead for the planning, architecture and development team in Northumberland & Borders states “The current climate is very difficult for businesses and it is easy to look inwards in such times, but we have always strongly believed that working within and for our local communities is important, not only because of the support we can give, but also because it helps our team grow individually and collectively”. For more details visit www.georgefwhite. co.uk/gfwcommunity ▪ GFW COMMUNITY Supporting local and regional causes has been ingrained within the fabric of George F. White since 1979 and we're proud of the support we're able to give to our local communities. Some of the activities our teams have been involved in include: ■ Litter picks ■ Charity quizzes ■ Football coaching ■ Career fairs ■ School Governor ■ Bulb planting in local villages ■ Provision of work experience ■ Stewarding at local events ■ Collection point for local Rotary Christmas Present Project ■ Blood donations ■ Takeovers of charity shops ■ Pro bono work for local sporting clubs ■ Rugby coaching ■ Participating in 10k run ■ Volunteering for Great Exhibition of the North ■ Director, Secretary and Treasurer roles for local organisations ■ Donation of surplus IT equipment to local hospice ■ Running, cycling and kayaking across Scotland ■ Modelling in local fashion show “ We have always strongly believed that working within and for our local communities is important