PlaceShapers shows ‘We Care’

Network smashes its time contribution target for We Care Day.


PlaceShapers is today (Friday 14 September) spending more than 2,800 hours going ‘over and above’ across its communities for We Care Day.

As part of its 2018 We Care campaign, PlaceShapers set an initial target for 1,000 volunteer hours – with that target smashed, today’s total stands 2,807.

PlaceShapers Chair and CEO of Aspire, Sinéad Butters, said: “Up and down the country, We Care Day focuses on the rich diversity of ways that our members care for people and communities.

“Whilst we take great care in providing high-quality homes that are safe and well maintained, we also focus on the people who live in them, working with them and our wider partners to ensure we provide what’s needed.

“We Care shows what this means on a day-to-day basis. We asked members to pledge hours on the PlaceShapers Care-ometer and quickly raised our 1,000 hour target with the total moving upwards daily.”

More than 30 members have already signed up including:

  • Cross Keys Homes – staff are using volunteer time to give its Family and Children’s Centre a makeover
  • EastendHomes – teamed with an environmental charity working with corporate volunteers to improve green space on the Isle of Dogs
  • Worthing Home – staff are hopping into a minibus and doing estate tidy-ups
  • Origin – doing a foodbank collection
  • Shepherds Bush Housing Group – staff are running a ‘lunch and learn’ for colleagues and collecting for a homeless charity
  • Croydon Churches – running a digital workshop for elderly residents

Cross Keys CEO Claire Higgins said: “It’s these extra acts of kindness that make such a huge difference to local communities, and We Care Day highlights the extra mile we often go, above and beyond our daily work, to make a positive difference. It’s really heart-warming to see this in action.”

We Care Day is part of PlaceShapers 2018 campaign, which focuses on how the network members engage with range of caring activities on a daily basis.

A related Impact Report helps uncover the true scale of such work, the breadth of services provided and the impact on lives.