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94.4%

of material recycled from site generated waste

711

trees planted

100%

homes with energy efficient lighting

£106,650

pledged to support local communities

Gold

Inhouse customer satisfaction rating

£15,000

donated to charity

288

people employed FTE

1459

colleague development days

96%

of colleagues agreed "I love my job"

17

Trainees, apprentices or graduates

5

Star HBF Customer Satisfaction rating

565

legal completions

Overview

Sustainable Story is our commitment to giving something back to the communities we work in.  For many years, we have been known as an organisation which supports local community groups and charities, with Fred Story keen to support sport and community team and facilities.

Find out more about our Sustainable Story activities covering not only the ‘Community’, but also focusing on ‘Environment, Health and Safety’, ‘Workforce’ and ‘Marketplace’.

Builder bear meet Miles the Bear from the Great North Air Ambulance<span>1/15</span>Taking part in Gelt Gladiator <span>2/15</span>The Story Ryder Cup<span>3/15</span>Story Homes vs Story Contracting football match<span>4/15</span>Clifton village gets life saving donation from Story Homes<span>5/15</span>Story Homes help out on DIY SOS<span>6/15</span>Housing minister praises quality of Story Homes’ development<span>7/15</span>Pupils celebrate annual sports festival<span>8/15</span>Annual sports event with Spaaf<span>9/15</span>Mabel Wood had 98.7% recycle rate<span>10/15</span>Fred receives 'Secured by Design' from Durham Constabulary<span>11/15</span>Caldew School pupils grow garden plans with soil delivery<span>12/15</span>Ryan Gilmour won the SkillBuild joinery competition<span>13/15</span>Derwent Vale Primary School plant trees around Mabel Wood<span>14/15</span>Builder Bear poses for pictures at Wigton Carnival<span>15/15</span>

What is 'Sustainable Story'?

Sustainable Story is an ethos which runs through our business, touching upon colleagues, our supply chain, our homes and our customers. Everything we do is linked back to ‘Sustainable Story’ as we aim to ensure that Story Homes has a positive impact at all times. Sustainable Story looks at:

  • Environment, Health & SafetyProtecting the long term sustainability of our surroundings in a safe manner.
  • CommunityBuilding and supporting strong neighbourhoods, past, present and future.
  • WorkplaceDeveloping the continuous wellbeing and skills of our current and future colleagues.
  • MarketplaceWorking together with the supply chain to improve opportunities in a growing, competitive industry.
Pillar Our definition
Environment, Health & Safety Building sustainable homes and communities
Working in an environmentally friendly environment
Protecting our surroundings
Community Offering our support to local charities
Sponsoring local organisations and worthy causes
Engaging and consulting with our communities and neighbours
Workplace Supporting the learning and development of our staff
Managing health and safety
Developing and retaining a diverse and happy workforce
Marketplace Working with and supporting the local supply chain
Providing quality products in a competitive marketplace
Providing customer satisfaction in all aspects of our work

bitc-logoWe are members of Business In The Community (BITC) and we work closely with them to identify key issues and targets related to our business and the wider industry. BITC supports us to achieve a Sustainable Story strategy that delivers benefits for everybody.

Measurement and Targets

We are working with ‘Business in the Community’ to create meaningful measurements and targets in line with industry standards.

We’re taking small steps, but making sure that we do things in the right way. As well as continuing to do all of the things we already do so well, investment in communities, developing our staff, creating opportunities for local trades people and protecting the environment, we aim to build upon this in the years to come.

The first of these steps is to publicly report annually on our achievements. These can be viewed in our Sustainable Story Annual Report 2015-16

The targets we set will be used to challenge business as usual and be active in addressing social and environmental challenges.

 

Case Studies

Seaton ARLFC Under 14s step out in style

The members of the Seaton Rangers youth rugby team are stepping out for the season in their smart new kit thanks to Story Homes.

Thousands raised for Hospice at Home

Thousands of pounds have been raised through a walking challenge which took place on Saturday 3 June in aid of the Hospice at Home Carlisle supported ...

Thousands raised for the air ambulance

A charity partnership between two air ambulance charities and Story Homes has raised £5,944.

Community group one step closer to new playground

Fairhill community group is one step closer to installing a playground at Fairhill playing field thanks to support from Story Homes.

Spring training for Dumfries swimmers

Swimmers in Dumfries have taken part in a spring training camp thanks to support from Story Homes.

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Sponsorship

Our ‘Future Story’ is our company wide scheme designed to support requests from local charities and community organisations.

Making our contributions go further

We try to support our communities in ways that add long term value – for example, by helping people to develop skills or confidence that will last them a lifetime; supporting young people or by helping improve the biodiversity at valuable ecological sites.

We also give financial support to organisations that meet certain criteria and need short-term help – especially in the current economy, when grants are more difficult to secure.

What we do support

In our experience most activities are undertaken with the best of intentions, and with a heartfelt desire to make a difference but we do have some policies to ensure that we support initiative which meet our values and ethical standards.

We will support…..

  • Initiatives that have a strong relevance to their local communities
  • Events and groups with a cause and brand resonates with our colleagues and customers
  • Initiatives that add long term value – for example, by helping people to develop skills or confidence that will last them a lifetime and supporting young people
  • Initiatives and groups that improve community facilities and opportunities for families
  • Initiatives and groups that demonstrate sustainability and protecting our environment
  • Initiatives and groups that focus on enterprise, business, sustainability and innovation
  • Building skills and future proofing the construction industry

Initiatives and groups that receive our support will be required to take part in promotional activity as outlined in terms and conditions.

Want to know more?

Please download our ‘Future Story’ guidance document which provides further information.

How to Apply?

Requests for sponsorship, donations or raffle prizes should be made by completing the form here. Please note that as the majority of our fundraising is focused on one charity per year, this dramatically reduces the potential to help other causes. As a rule, Story Homes try to support community groups and charitable organisations which are local to our areas and to which our staff may have affiliations.

Fill in the Sponsorship Form

If you wish to submit your request by post, please send to: Sponsorship Request, Communications Team, Story Homes, Story House, Lords Way, Kingmoor Business Park, Carlisle, CA6 4SL. Due to the large volume of applications we receive we regret that we can only respond to successful applications and will not reveal the reasons for accepting or rejecting any application.

Our system runs on a rolling quarterly schedule.

Applications accepted Applications reviewed Successful applications notified
1 April – 30 June 1 – 15 July  16 – 31 July
1 July – 31 September 1 – 15 October 16 – 31 October
1 October – 31 December 1 – 15 January 16 – 31 January
1 January – 31 March 1 – 15 April 16 – 30 April

In exceptional circumstances where decisions are required outside of these timescales this will be accommodated where possible.

Charity Partner

Each year, our teams choose a charity partner and we dedicate our colleague and company fundraising to the charity. For 2016/17, our colleagues have chosen to fundraise for the Air Ambulance.

All funds raised will be split equally between the Great North Air Ambulance and the North West Air Ambulance. Colleagues will be encouraged to undertake a wide range of activities and have many plans already in the pipeline including a Story Ryder Cup, Football match, Zip wire across the Tyne, Race Day and lots of cake-eating.

The charities receive no government, statutory or national lottery funding and are entirely dependent on gifts received from members of the public, companies and grant-making bodies to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.

To keep the Great North air ambulance flying they need to raise £4.5 million every year.

Builder bear meets Miles the Bear<span>1/5</span>Story Ryder Cup<span>2/5</span>Gelt Gladiator<span>3/5</span>EVH Zip Wire at Brunton Park<span>4/5</span>Macmillan cycle challenege<span>5/5</span>
Our Charity Partnership
2016/17 Air Ambulances (GNAA and NWAA)
2015/16 Eden Valley Hospice with Jigsaw Children’s Hospice
2014/15 Macmillan Cancer Support
2013/14 Eden Valley Hospice
2012/13 Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakes
2011/12 Carlisle Mencap

 

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August 2014

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November 2014

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January 2015

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July 2015

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January 2016

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*All statistics taken from the 2015 / 2016 financial year.

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