Policy Press fundraising for St Mungo’s

Part of the mission of Policy Press is to make a difference to social conditions. To that end, we publish a wide variety of books and journals which contribute to debates around poverty, social justice, inequality and exclusion and which support professionals and practitioners in their work, as well as academics, researchers and students.

But we see our mission as wider than that and we try to help those in most need in society directly: Policy Press has not sent Christmas cards for 10 years and instead makes a donation, with additional staff support, to a charity selected by a staff vote; we offer donations to charities as encouragement for completing market research questionnaires and Policy Press staff do many fund-raising activities including taking part in the Race for Life for Cancer Research, baking cakes for Comic Relief, dressing up in 1980s outfits for Comic Relief and wearing Christmas jumpers for Save the Children.

Taking part in the Race for Life

Taking part in the Race for Life

Back to the 80s for Comic Relief

Back to the 80s for Comic Relief

Christmas jumpers for Save the Children

Christmas jumpers for Save the Children

For the first time, we have decided to adopt a charity for a full year. We have chosen St Mungo’s, which works to ensure that the voices of homeless people are heard by national and local Government, policy makers, and the public. It has been helping homeless people since 1969 in London, Oxford, Bath and Bristol and also works with other organisations to lobby for policy change. Examples of the great work they do can be found on their website.

As well as our usual Christmas donation, we have established a Just Giving page to encourage donations and will be getting involved in fund-raising activities throughout the year. To kick off, we plan our own mince pie bake-off this week where staff will submit their own mince pies to be rated on taste, flavour, appearance and festiveness. The winning entry will be posted on our Facebook page.

We are also taking part in St Mungo’s Woolly Hat day on 31 January, in their e-campaigns and Policy Press staff are offering their services as volunteers to the charity during 2014. There will be lots more activities that we will keep you updated on over the coming year to support St Mungo’s.

Please support this great cause and donate whatever you can to, either via the Policy Press Just Giving page, or directly to St Mungo’s.

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