A Day at Number 11 for our employee Lauren Pitt
Monday, November 21st, 2016 10:54 am

11 Downing street:

On Thursday 27 October Lauren, along with a number of Guide dog’s employees and people from the charities MIND, Alzheimer’s Society, Lenard Cheshire disability, Water Aid and Canal and Rivers trust attended a reception at 11 Downing street. This reception was to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the launch of the Scouts A Million Hands Project. This project is about half a million young people committed to removing social barriers, connec ...

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Lauren’s equipment that enables her to overcome her disability
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 12:54 pm

Settling in to work and using the equipment:

Once I had received my equipment Andrea (the Office Manager) and I set about installing all of this on to my laptop. Then a couple of days later the scripting man came in to work and made some changes to Jaws to enable to me successfully use the database. Also my trainer came in and enabled me to do my work to the best of my ability.


I have now been working at TrustCSR for just ...

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The Access to work scheme for partially sighted Lauren
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 12:52 pm

Access to work:

The access to work scheme is a great scheme but it takes a fair amount of time to set up. When I received my job offer I made my initial claim. After this I was contacted 5 days later by a claims handler. From here an assessor visits you at work to see what support is required in the form of technology and travel. And also to assess if any adjustments need to be made to the work environment. My assessor visited me on my first day of work. It was ...

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Beginning employment: Lauren & Goldie
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 12:51 pm

Beginning working for Trust CSR and setting up access to work:

After accepting the job, I had many additional things that I needed to sort out, for example; I needed to set up access to work (a government scheme that supports disabled people in work by providing equipment and support with additional travel expenses), I needed to learn my route to work (its not as easy as telling Goldie to take me to work and her just doing it!) and assessing what equipment I migh ...

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The interview with TrustCSR for Lauren & Goldie
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 12:49 pm

The interview:

On the day of my interview I was very nervous. When I arrived at the office for the interview I was warmly welcomed and Goldie was not paid any attention because if she is made a fuss of when she is guiding this distracts her and can be dangerous for the both of us. We were led in to the board room where I met Benjamin the managing director and Trudi the business development manager. Both people wanted to get to know me. They were interested in my ...

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Employee engagement – my journey to working for a B Corporation
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 12:49 pm

Before I jump in to this blog I feel it is important that you know a few important pieces of information about me.

  1. I am 23 years old and graduated in June 2015
  2. I am registered blind
  3. I have a guide dog

Upon graduating I entered in to a long and at times difficult job hunt. They say that finding a job is hard when you are a young person…imagine how much harder finding a job is when you have a disability. The shocking statistic is that two-thirds of regis ...

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Employee engagement: the needs of a partially sighted employee
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 12:46 pm

TrustCSR are pleased to announce our first blog created and written by our new employee Lauren Pitt. Lauren is partially sighted and joined our organisation in March with her guide dog, Goldie. Look out for updates on the whole recruitment process from Lauren's perspective, how her transition into the workforce has gone and how far she has progressed.


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The apprenticeship levy and impact on corporate responsibility agendas
Thursday, May 26th, 2016 1:11 pm

With the advent of the apprenticeship levy, CR managers are starting to explore how they can harness this in a positive way. The levy does appear to address their most reported issues: low levels of social inclusion, employee learning and development, recruitment and retention and employee engagement. There is clearly a good case for investment in education, employability and enterprise. To engage with young people effectively, now is a good time to forge new partnerships with schools, ha ...

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Grant Making Best Practice
Friday, May 13th, 2016 9:53 am

TrustCSR recently sent a representative to attend a Grant Assessment Training Workshop with ACF Association of Charitable Foundations. It was a full day and involved much debate about the cost to charities and grant makers in terms of time when submitting and assessing grant applications. The learning that came out of this was that clear criteria is essential to ensure that fundraisers are not wasting their time or that of the grant maker. The "rules" need to be clear around eligibility crite ...

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New Account Manager, Lauren Pitt joins TrustCSR
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 9:25 pm

We are delighted to welcome Lauren to the team at TrustCSR.

Lauren joins TrustCSR after graduating from university with a BA Honours degree in Applied Theology. Lauren is an active fundraiser, schools ambassador and public speaker for Guide Dogs for the Blind, aiming to raise awareness of sight loss and the life changing work of Guide Dogs. Most recently Lauren successfully managed the charity’s efforts in gaining a gold fair train accreditation for their work experience offering.


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