Our Foundation has evolved and developed in three busy years since our Bayford Foundation manager, Nick Elletson came on board.
To mark the occasion, we took Nick down memory lane and asked him about the highlights across 2014-2017.
In the same week that we were commended for our commitment to create jobs for the long-term unemployed, our Business Director, Adam Walsh, was highly commended in the IoD Director of the Year Awards Yorkshire & North East.
L to r Adam Walsh, Sue Jackson from Novus, Carol Richardson and Nick Elletson.
We’re proud as punch to be highly commended in a prestigious national award for our ongoing commitment to creating opportunities for disadvantaged and long-term unemployed jobseekers.
A flotilla of colourful dragon boats was commandeered in an exciting waterborne challenge at Leeds Dock for our latest fun day outing.
Adam Walsh, business director of The Right Fuelcard Company (TRFC), which runs our Foundation, is a worthy finalist in the IoD Director of the Year Awards Yorkshire & North East.
We will soon be bidding a fond farewell to our fab work placement student, Oliver Hempsall. To mark this sad departure, we asked the 22-year-old marketing assistant to run through his exciting stay with us and The Right Fuelcard Company (TRFC), which runs our Foundation:
Out latest community project has accelerated the success of a local scout group’s first ever camping trip to Snowdonia.
As a dedicated champion of ‘putting something back’, when we heard that Church Fenton scouts needed support for the expedition we fuelled a minibus for the Wetherby-based group.
Armed with our newly launched prepaid RightPay fuel card, the seven-strong troop of youngsters and three scout leaders had £300 worth of diesel for their adventure.
Adam Walsh, business director of The Right Fuelcard Company (TRFC), which runs our Foundation, says: “We wholly support the idea of encouraging young people to embark on informative and enjoyable outdoor activities and were very happy to help out.”
Scout leader, Sally Tindall, adds: “We can’t thank The Right Fuelcard Company enough for making our limited budget stretch a lot further. The fuel card was easy and convenient to use as the price was fixed wherever we went. It was easy to find stations that accepted the card thanks to the handy site locator available on the RightPay website. The scouts had a great time and came back buzzing with what they had seen and done.”
TRFC, which was ranked 33rd in the Sunday Times Best 100 Small Companies to Work For in 2016, runs a vibrant charity and community support programme, raising almost £3,300 since 2013 for Leeds Children’s Charity alone.
On two separate occasions over the past few months, two groups of TRFC employees helped to improve a community centre garden run by Leeds charity OPAL, which supports older people to live happy, healthy, informed lives in their own homes.
The business encourages staff to work with good causes, with all employees given a working day off each calendar year to provide practical help or raise funds for a charity of their choice.
You can find out about Church Fenton scouts group at www.churchfentonscouts.org.uk.
For more information on The Bayford Foundation and job opportunities available, visit www.bayfordfoundation.co.uk or call 0113 202 5129.
Georgina Watson, 23, is among our latest new recruits to settle into the Foundation. We grabbed five minutes with her to glean an insight into her fast moving first week as a data cleanser with our busy team.
How did you come to be employed by the foundation?
I was introduced by Interserve, which provides skills, education and employment services and works closely with the Foundation. I had an icebreaker chat with Foundation Manager, Nick Elletson, at their offices, then I was invited up to Hunslet for a formal interview with Nick and data inputter, Chantelle Robinson and I was offered the job a week later.
Our foundation manager, Nick Elletson, receives many invitations as a result of our powerful relationships with community organisations that refer future staff to us.
Invitations this year have included one to take part in a jobs resettlement fair at Leeds Prison, in Armley.