corporate social responsibility
At Vitaccess, we are all extremely aware that we are part of something bigger and we strive to bring a little something to make the world better.
In our business ventures, we frequently join forces with patient advocacy groups and we aim to have a positive impact on patients’ lives in our consultancy work.
We are a team tuned into sustainability. We reduce, recycle and re-use where possible. Outside of our everyday work, we keep up with great community initiatives and support them as best we can.
CHARITY OF THE YEAR
Our charity of choice until the end of 2019 is the Yellow Submarine Charity.
The Yellow Submarine is an award-winning Oxfordshire charity that believes people with learning disabilities and autism deserve to live life to the full. We enjoy getting our first coffee of the day there, it kick-starts the day with a smile without fail.
When we meet up with the whole team, we're big fans of their catering and can’t recommend them enough. Fresh food to suit all tastes and dietary preferences.
We are currently drafting with them a schedule of projects we're going to work on together, from sponsored sporting events to film screening evenings and help out during Youth and Young Adults clubs.
The team is also proactive on a personal level.
Catherine distributes toiletry packages to the Trevor Man Baby Unit, one of the foremost centers for treating premature and sick new-born babies. The team helps by saving all toiletry samples from hotels or perfume stores to donate to the center. As families are often admitted in an emergency, they hand out toiletry hampers made with the donations to help them get through the first days or weeks.
Restore is an Oxfordshire-based mental health charity that supports people to take control of their recovery, develop skills and lead meaningful lives. The Vitaccess team volunteered with them for Christmas 2017, giving a new coat of paint to their Cowley Road community center bathrooms and kitchen. Fetching overalls all round!
Promoting flexible working is not only good for people, it’s also good for the planet. Because we don’t commute every day, we keep our team’s carbon footprint to a minimum. Sam is the luckiest of all of us as he can cycle to work and most of the Oxford area peeps come into town on the train as our office is a short walk from the train station.
A few members of the team are registered blood donors. The office being nearby the Rewley Road Fire Station in Oxford, we’re hoping to rally the troops around to increase our blood giving group.
Montée de la Tournette
On 2nd September 2018, Mark and his wife Felicity were part of a team of a dozen volunteers who took part in the annual Montée de la Tournette event in aid of local charity Lake Aid, which supports homeless and asylum seeking children in Annecy, France.
The event is simple: start at Lake Annecy (447m) then run (Felicity) or walk (Mark) 11km to the top of neighbouring mountain, La Tournette (2351m)...an ascent of nearly 2km vertically!
Doing it for a good cause made up for the aches and pains...plus afterwards back down at the lake there was lunch of local delicacies: croziflette, saucisson and roblochon cheese washed down with a glass ou deux of wine!
This year around 350 people participated. And in case you're wondering, the winning time was 1h 29m (by neither Felicity nor Mark!)
WWF EARTH HOUR
During the WWF Earth Hour campaign 2018, the team made the following pledges.
Director of Technology Jon Spinage got his tea in a reusable cup. Helen Williams and Coralie Rassinoux cooled things down a bit and are now washing at 30° instead of 40°, whilst Jyotee Kretz has switched to eco-friendly household products, using mostly white vinegar. Catherine Åkesson has eaten less meat and feels better for it. Hara Kousoulakou is a no-single-use plastic lady now and Mark Larkin has become the king of compost!