See what some Companies have been getting up to and how they have been making a difference....
Company: 25th Stirling
Location: Dunblane, Scotland
What they did: Over the last 3 years the Company has partnered with Start-Up Stirling their local foodbank to help support people who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. They collect food for Start-Up Stirling on a regular basis and help out with sorting labelling, packing and loading food donations. A number of boys also volunteer at the distribution centre as part of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award. They are now extending their support in this area by collecting for Mary's Meals, for the amazing work they do feeding young people in Malawi.
"I enjoy helping out because it feels like I am really helping our local community. It's amazing to see the generosity of the BB families and I am very proud to be involved in this work" Josh Whitehead, Company Section
Company: 53rd Manchester
Location: Manchester, England
What they did: Since moving to Emmanuel Community Centre the church was not able to be completed due to lack of funds. The Company wanted to assist in ensuring that the church build would finish, having been within the new setting for 4 years without a designated worship area. The Company has been actively raising money by hosting a series of fundraisings events which the young people got involved in including a bacon butty morning, chocolate tombola, filling Smarties tubes and tuck shop on a Saturday morning. They have been working alongside other users of the Community Centre including Brownies, St Johns, Home from Home and after school club. Many people within the community have attended events and supported these efforts. The Church is hoping to be completed and to re-launch in July 2015 restoring a church presence within the local community and bringing together multiple organisations that meet within the Community Centre.
Company: 2nd Bedford
Location: Bedford, England
Date: June 2015
What they did: After it was noticed that litter was building up in a local park, BB/GB members from 2nd Bedford took matters in to their own hands to clean-up their park. Contacting the local council, they acquired grabbers, bag collectors and florescent jackets at no cost and organised an evening cleaning up the Beautiful Bedford Riverbanks, close to where they meet. All in all a 90 minute activity and once all the bags rubbish were put together - combined they came to 4 full bin bags of paper, plastic, cans, bottles, etc.
Company: 2nd Tonbridge
Location: Tonbridge, Kent, England
Date: February 2015
Activity/Event: Pancake Sale / Goat Giving
What they did: In order to raise money for a church mission trip to Uganda, the Amicus group at 2nd Tonbridge decided to hold a Pancake sale. Raising over £300 the money was used to buy 4 pairs of breeding goats which were donated to needy families in Rwentobo in Uganda. A team from the church including members of the Amicus group went out to Rwentobo later that month and presented the goats to local families whilst also spending time volunteering at the World Shine Foundation Primary School. The local custom is for the families to return the first goat that is born from this pair to the school, so it can be donated to another family.