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As part of our Be Well. Do. Well.™ sustainability plan, it’s our goal to make a positive impact on people and give back to our community. This is why we’re proud to support our local young people’s charity, Step by Step Partnership Ltd., throughout the year in many ways!

Step by Step Partnership helps young people through hard times, including homelessness, by providing accommodation, personal development opportunities, and specialist support services.

The charity has its main site based in Aldershot – only 4 miles away from our Farnborough head office – and additional sites in Basingstoke, Havant and a new development near the New Forest.

Renovation project

In October 2022, members of the Pelican team donated their time at the Step by Step Basingstoke centre to transform the living room, office and garden into a lovely space for the young people and staff to enjoy.

The Pelican team did a lot to refresh and rejuvenate the space – from deep cleaning, decorating, building new furniture, sewing and planting.

Jayne Bristow, Corporate Fundraiser at Step by Step, commented: “The transformation was just amazing, and the space is now so welcoming for the young people staying with us. The team were super friendly and hardworking, and it was a pleasure to have their support.”

Food donations

As food costs are high, the Pelican team donated any leftover food products from our most recent Training and Networking Day to Step by Step’s local Aldershot branch.

“We want to help these charities in any way we can, and we were excited that these treats can go toward such a great cause,” says Graham Coles, Procurement Director. “We would especially like to thank our suppliers, as this wouldn’t have been possible without their support.”

Holiday gifts

During the holiday season, Pelican’s Office Manager, Annette Castell, visited the Step by Step Basingstoke centre to hand out some lovely festive gifts and treats from the Pelican team.

We wanted to celebrate the festive times with the young people and thank their excellent, dedicated staff. In addition, Annette organised a raffle – raising donations of over £300, which also went toward Step by Step’s Christmas campaign.

“It was wonderful to help support this cause and deliver the gifts,” says Annette. “We know this made a difference to them over the holiday season.”

Upcoming Projects

In early March, our marketing team will share LinkedIn best practices and tips with Step by Step team to help them further raise awareness of their great cause.

And on 27 April, the team will roll up their sleeves again at Step by Step Basingstoke to transform and improve the centre’s bedrooms for the young people living there to enjoy.

“Being actively involved in helping make a difference in young people’s lives is incredibly rewarding for our team, and we are looking to support Step by Step with future projects.”

Ian Holliday, Director at Pelican Procurement Services

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