Our charity plans for 2018/2019

Our charity plans for 2018/2019Here’s what we’ve got planned for our partnership with Jigsaw When it came to our partnership with Jigsaw, we wanted to do things a little differently. While charities like Jigsaw must rely heavily on fundraising, this year we wanted to do more than raise money for our charity of choice. We wanted to get to know the people behind Jigsaw, to get involved with the team, to learn more about the important work that they do and about the challenges that young people are faced with in today’s society. About Jigsaw Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. Their aim is to ensure that no young person feels alone, isolated or disconnected from others around them. They provide vital supports to young people with their mental health by working closely with communities across Ireland. They are the only mental health service in the country with an exclusive focus on 12-25 year olds and their services provide young people with a place that they can visit for free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals. Our Charity Work Skills Sharing As we learnt more about the charity, from their visits to our 6 offices (thanks Sinead!) and our meetings with their Fundraising Manager (Justin), we realised that as well as fundraising, we could assist their service users with a lot of the daily challenges that we all face, such as how to upskill, how to prepare for an interview or how to compile a good CV. Our Culture Team (a group of 16 employees spread across our 6 offices) have come up with a whole host of other ideas as to how we can work closely with Jigsaw over the next year – offering their service users advice on how to write a Cover Letter, how to register their employment and avoid being emergency taxed – the things we all should know, but end up spending hours (and many phone calls) trying to figure out! GDPR & Social Media As you may already know, GDPR is big for us and to say the least we’ve done a lot of research on the area. For this reason, we also plan to offer Jigsaw, their staff and Youth Advisory Panels advice on how to protect their own data, how to put measures in place to ensure their information is secure and how to make sure their privacy settings are optimised. Our online presence may also help (or hinder) our ability to get a job in the future and so we plan to offer advice on how to utilise social networks when looking for employment. Corporate Social Responsibility We believe that corporate social responsibility works best when organisations join forces for mutual benefit and societal good. We all stand to benefit from charities such as Jigsaw and the support that they can offer in our communities. For this reason, we are extremely excited to work alongside Justin and the team at Jigsaw. For more information on Jigsaw please visit their website jigsaw.ie.               Niall Murray Managing Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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3 reasons why it’s important to give ‘a piece of our time’ to Jigsaw

We recently announced our charity partnership for 2018/2019 and we’re thrilled to be committing ‘A Piece of our Time’ to the charity Jigsaw – the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. Here’s why our group chose Jigsaw and why we think it’s such an important charity to support. 1. Supporting Our Youth When choosing a charity to work with this year, we as Directors of the group decided to take a step back and ask ourselves why we were really doing this. We didn’t want this to be just a tick the box exercise. Something that other companies are doing, so we better too. This is one of the reasons why myself, Antoinette and Michelle decided to leave the decision in the capable hands of our staff and ask them to vote on the company’s charity of choice for 2018/2019. Our Culture Team had a big input in the research and decision-making process and we are extremely grateful to them for this. We’re delighted that in the end they chose to partner with Jigsaw. It was a charity we all connected with and one that means a great deal to us all. Many of us are parents and therefore have a responsibility to ensure support is available for our own children, today and well into the future. For this reason, Jigsaw is a very special charity to us. 2. Our Employees It was also important to us that our employees connected with the charity and really got a sense of the brilliant work that Jigsaw do for young people across Ireland. Many of our team have children of their own, as well as siblings, some of which...

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