During these difficult times, Agile Solutions has been looking at ways in which it can support employees, the local community and the wider community with the aim of making a difference and life a little better for those that are struggling in the current pandemic. There has been much in the news of late about mental health and specifically the challenges both parents and children are facing with home schooling. With lessons and schoolwork taking place online, this situation becomes almost unbearable for those without access to I.T facilities. This was an issue that the company recognised it could help with by participating in an initiative to provide devices to disadvantaged families to support their children with remote learning. Through sheer determination and a passion for what we do, our employees came together to make a difference to their local schools by collecting and reconditioning 11 disused laptops and selecting the following schools to send them to:
These laptops were sent to: -
- Admiral Lord Nelson School – Portsmouth, England
- St Lawrence Church of England School – Rushden
- Mind Mosaic Child & Family Therapies – Greenock, Scotland
The laptops were greatly received and we have since been sent some heart-warming thank-you notes, including some lovely messages from the children in year 5 and 6 at St Lawrence Church of England School in Rushden.
This initiative of supporting the community forms part of our wider CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) strategy and is an area we will build upon throughout 2021 and beyond.
At Agile Solutions we recognise the extra burden and strain that all our employees are facing during the current pandemic. Whether it is being unable to visit friends and family, home schooling or just the restrictions in our everyday lives, these can all effect people in different ways. In response to this, Agile Solutions supported Time to Talk Day on Thursday 4th February 2021, a national event designed to get people talking about their mental health. It gave all employees the opportunity to connect with their fellow colleagues and provided a time for us to open up, to talk, to listen and to move a step closer towards having a positive conversation around mental health and wellbeing in general. These conversations helped to recognise the individual challenges we are all facing during this difficult time. As a gesture of thanks we also provided participants with a delicious cookie, giving everyone a moment to reflect after the event.
“A good chat with a nice colleague and a yummy cookie! That’s a winner in my book! Great idea. We speak with colleagues a lot, but we hardly ever get a chance to talk about anything other than a customer or a project or a technology. I’d happily take part in follow ups (and that’s got nothing to do with the yummy cookie!)”
While it still remains a difficult time, over 18 million people have now received the vaccine and the speed of this is ramping up daily. Very soon, the most vulnerable people will all have been vaccinated, so there truly is light at the end of the tunnel.
From the team at Agile Solutions.