Social value

Why is social value so important to M&Y?

Our attitude towards social value is simple: we are a commercial business that generate profits to make a difference to others.  

We take a strategic approach to giving back to our partnered schools, colleges, communities and charities. We ensure that our approach and results are measured, evaluated and understood to maximise our impact.

Our social aims are to:  

  • Provide local training and employment opportunities for everyone, encouraging female trades and creating fantastic opportunities for young people. 

  • Support local schools and colleges, raising ambitions and aspirations through apprenticeships, work placements and coaching and mentoring opportunities.  

  • Engage with the communities we work in to improve neighbourhoods and wellbeing. 

  • Protect the environment and promote sustainability through fleet intelligence, rewarding green initiatives and responsibly sourcing our supplies. 

I want us to encourage and appreciate difference; difference in life skills and experiences, ideas and view points, and recognise these differences as strengths to make a real difference - both at work and improving our communities.

Petrus

Petrus

Petrus is a homelessness charity based in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. It provides residential and day support services to people who are homeless or in housing need and offers a safe environment where people can develop their skills and independence to empower change.

We have donated £25,000 to Petrus

This included the donation of a van and livery and winter clothes for service users. We fully refurbished the Petrus Hub, installing a new bathroom, shower and laundry facility and we donated £5,000 to Petrus’ 2019 RHS Tatton Park garden. The garden was designed by service users and volunteers and received a silver award from event judges and the People’s Choice Award. 

Read about the great work Petrus does and donate here.

 

Centre 56

Centre 56

Centre 56 is a Liverpool-based domestic abuse charity that supports children and parents who are living with or who are at risk of domestic abuse.

We donated £20,000 to Centre 56

We installed new CCTV, gates and fencing and improved disability access to the building. We also carried out health and safety improvements and undertook PAT testing. 

Discover more about the incredible work carried out by Centre 56 and donate here.

Opening up the world of work

Positive Footprints

Positive Footprints provides award-winning personal development programmes to schools that open up the world of work and raise the aspirations of children across the UK. Businesses use their CSR budgets to fund programmes in areas and communities that will impact where they operate.

We think it's so important to raise the aspirations of children and young people. 

We attend career carousel events to promote our industry to the future workforce, and encourage our staff to take part.

Find out more about the brilliant work Positive Footprints does here.

Mill Green School, St Helens

Mill Green School, St Helens

We’ve worked with Mill Green School, a special educational needs school in St Helens, for a number of years. We fund their school leavers prom and provide interview tips to prepare students for the world of work. 

"M&Y is a forward thinking, progressive business who realise the potential of Mill Green learners who have aspirations towards the world of work. We are really grateful for the long running and continued support that they give our students. We feel their ethos should stand as a shining example to local businesses who could gain so much from what our learners have to offer, and they should be proud of the support they are giving back to their community." Mr John Thompson, Head of Mill Green School.

 

Chasing the Stigma

Chasing the Stigma

We have partnered with the national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, to deliver its Ambassadors of Hope mental health training programme to all of our staff.

Ambassadors of Hope is a fully Ofqual accredited 20-minute training programme, giving staff a better understanding of mental health and advice on providing signposting to those who need help via the free Hub of Hope app. It also provides information on how to deal with a mental health crisis.

Staff recently climbed Mount Snowdon to support Chasing the Stigma, raising over £1,000 for this amazing charity.

Supporting local businesses

Supporting local businesses

We started out as a family business and have grown into the large organisation we are today.

Becasue we know what it's like to be a small company, we make sure we support other small and medium businesses whenever we can. 

Our dynamic purchasing system allows us to procure local subcontractors on larger projects. You can read more about our DPS system here.