Sale based financial services provider, One Advice Group (OAG) which incorporates Harrington Brooks, kick started its 2017 corporate social responsibility programme in earnest in February. This included a packed schedule of events in the local community.

Princes Trust Mosaic Mentors

Trust Mosaic programme – have visited Newall Green High School to deliver group mentoring sessions. Designed to reinforce the schools STRIVE and Professional Pathways curriculum, the content of the sessions enables students to put what they have learnt in to a work place context and understand the relevancy of aspects such as discipline, commitment and consistency.

Newall Green is the Group’s adopted school and the Mosaic mentoring builds on a number of recent initiatives that the school and colleagues have undertaken together. Most recently, Claire Merton, Group Head of Human Resources, represented the company at a “Meet the Employer event”. The day allowed Claire to get to know the students and find out what career aspirations they have, as well as spotting the leaders of tomorrow!

Financial Education for Future Generations

The One Advice Group also continued its excellent relationship with Trafford College. Colleagues provided a Masterclass on Financial Education for the college’s Career Ready pupils. Career Ready is a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. Moreover, this allows students to talk about the importance of being financially savvy. Colleagues also encourage students to discover the careers available to them at the firm when they leave full time education.

Over 55 students took part in the afternoon which included several rounds of the now famous PayDay game (created and produced by OAG colleagues) and a session in which students constructed a budget to live on whilst a). attending University, b). taking up work or c). enrolling on an apprenticeship. All pending, real life career options for them!

Literacy and Numeracy

Five colleagues from Harrington Brooks also opted to use their monthly CPD allowance to read to Benchill Primary School students, in support of World Book Day. We worked in conjunction with Manchester Airport Group and BW3. The students enjoyed a day of dressing up and took home a well deserved book token.

Finally, the ever popular Numbers at Work toured to St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School. This carousel of maths related activities helps to illustrate just how much fun maths can be.

Head of Marketing Jodi Hamilton commented, “We are delighted that we have kicked off 2017 with the same enthusiasm as colleagues showed throughout 2016. Harrington Brooks and the One Advice Group is very proud of its engagement with businesses and the local community. For this reason, we have a long history of partnering with schools and organisations to improve the lives of local people.

“Our commitment to schools and college partnerships allows us to get to know pupils. We can provide them with insight into the world of work and ultimately spot the talented youngsters of tomorrow, who will go on to have prominent leadership roles in the local area.”