Our partnership with Opera
Last year European Recruitment ran Tough Mudder in aid of Mind, the mental health charity. We ran various charity fundraising events – you may have seen photos from our Mindful Beach Party – and raised just over £2600 for the cause.
This year we’ve decided to partner with a different charity called The Opera Global Youth Foundation. Opera are a fantastic charity who specifically partner with recruitment companies and utilise said partnerships in order to help young people find, gain and stay in work.
Their vision and mission is one we can wholeheartedly get behind and support, as they aim “to inspire recruiters to build the largest global youth employment foundation, dedicated to empowering young people” and “to give young people and their employers the best possible chance of success and, in doing so, empower young people to transform their lives.”
It’s incredibly easy for those of us fortunate enough to be employed in the recruitment industry, to take our jobs for granted and all the benefits and perks that come with them. It’s easy to remain ignorant of the fact that two million young people in the UK aged between 16 – 24 spend more than 6 months not in work or education, and do not have the means to find themselves a job. Some do not even have a birth certificate to prove their right to work in the UK or the funds to buy themselves a pair of smart shoes or smart attire for an interview.
As a result, we want to help Opera change this. As a Silver partner to the charity, we make a monthly donation to help run the organisation. Any further money we raise across this year will be spent directly supporting young people into work. Our realistic target for the year is £2,500, which will help 5 young people find, gain and stay in work for at least 12 months.
How are we planning to do this?
We’ve got lots of charity fundraising events planned this year to ensure we reach our target, including:
- a 5k colour run in May in Brighton
- our Leeds office completing the Yorkshire 3 peaks in June
- volley ball tournaments
- our ERL auction (we’ve decided to make this an annual event due to last year’s success)
- the Opera Great British Bake Off in partnership with the Prince’s Trust in September
- and the Opera Week of Giving in December
We’ll no doubt add more to the list of events as the year goes on.
Other ways we intend to help…
We’ll also be helping Opera, in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust, more directly by running CV and Interview workshops for young people in the Sussex area. Keep up to date with our charity fundraising events by regularly checking our News & Insights page – we’ll keep you posted!
What difference can you make?
Should you wish to make a donation that will directly go toward helping young people find, gain and stay in work, visit our Just Giving page HERE. To give you an idea of the difference you can make to a young person’s life, here are examples of how the money you donate will help:
- £23 provides a birth certificate for a young person to prove a right to work
- £30 pays for a pair of shoes
- £100 will pay for a new suit for an interview or an new job
- £179 provides travel cards to get a young person to their new job
- £346 pays for tools for a young tradesman to gain employment
For more details on how you can get involved you can visit the Join Us page on the Opera website!