A team of 12 from Turner's IT and Operations department spent a couple of days in the woods in southern England with the National Trust. Working on an eco-house they helped make items for it including hundreds of roof shingles cut from the surrounding woods.
Turner Broadcasting won two Silver and one Bronze Award for its work with Plan International and The Big Issue at the prestigious Corporate Engagement Awards.
In Spain Turner is supporting Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign by providing 100 scholarships for them. It will cost E10,000 and the CSR gave them funds to get it started and the rest will come from employees and various fund raising activities that they are holding throughout the year. They are also collecting signatures to create September 22nd as International Girls’ Day and they are donating airtime and web banners to help achieve it.
Plan International is the same charity that we work with every year to build the African schools and many staff sponsor children through their scheme. Click here for more details.
In London a team of 10 from Turner's Operations department spend a very enjoyable day with the children of The Coram School in central London improving their garden. Turner provided planters, earth and shrubs and the volunteers worked hard all day.
A team of 20 volunteers from Turner's offices in London, Paris, Munich, Rome and Madrid spent a week in rural Malawi helping to build a school that they had fundraised over £40,000 to pay for. Working with local masons they made the bricks and built the walls of the school as well as a house for the teachers. This is the third African school that Turner staff have built with Plan International - the others are in Mali and Rwanda.
TURNER is working with Leonard Cheshire Disability and its Ability Media Training centre as part of its campaign to let people know that Turner is as an attractive employer for people with disabilities. We are funding two bursaries for disabled people trained at their centre and are running this advertisement in Able Magazine and other targeted websites and publications. It is part of Turner's 'Turner For All' campaign -- we broadcast to all sections of society and the best way to make sure that we are offering the best services for them all is to have all sections of society working here as well.
After another financially successful year Turner was pleased to be able to make generous donations to many of its charity partners.
Recipients of the major donations include Plan International for the next school that we will be building together in Malawi, Leonard Cheshire for a disability media bursary, Centrepoint for art projects, Mencap for a day care project and The Big Issue for its Real Lives campaign.
Other beneficiaries include: Age UK, Blue Cross Celia Hammond, CTBF, DecAid, Environmental Justice Foundation Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Homeless World Cup, Kids Co., Macmillan Cancer, NCH, Partners in Hope, Red Cross, Riders for Health, Royal British Legion, SAFE, Save the Children, Connexion at St Martins, Stonewall, Story of Christmas, Thomas Coram, Trees for Cities, Voluntary Care Centre. Segretariato Nazionale della Lega Missionaria Studenti, Ayuda De Tus Antiguos Alumnos De Portaceli, Afganistan Schiuen, Tabitha Bulgaria Foundation and Hand in Hand International.
Christmas came early at the Elgin Centre when a group from Turner turned up with presents, songs, chocolates and loads of things to make greetings cards with. They spent a very enjoyable day at the Day Centre and everyone is looking forward to their visit this time next year.
Here's a website with an interview with Turner's Head of CSR:
On a freezing, blustery November night 13 intrepid Turner volunteers risked pneumonia by sleeping out at Spitalfields Market to raise money for Centrepoint. They raised around £3000 and joined several hundred other people and celebrities in this annual event.
Also in November, 40 employees from Turner's Munich office left their computers to use their volunteer time and met at a Kindergarten to help redecorate. They painted the house and the windows as well as building some shelves and Turner paid for a workbench so the kids can now enjoy their new workspace. They painted most of the rooms in the main house and the creativity room got some blackboard paint so that the kids can now write on the wall with crayons.
Volunteers from Turner's London office joined their colleagues around the world to help their local communities. One group worked with the London Wildlife Trust improving the Greenway which is the route that all visitors to the Olymics will take in 2012.
Another group went to the historic Hanbury Hall off Brick Lane to give it a much needed make-over in preparation for the Spitalfields Festival.
CNN'S SHOW 'ICON' talks to the real "Mad Men" and takes an in-depth look at the world of advertising. The programme catches up with renowned advertising guru David Droga, who set the CNN team the task of making a commercial to promote volunteering. Click HERE to see the show and HERE to see the commercial.
CENTREPOINT & THE NATIONAL GALLERY: Turner often looks for new ways to work with charities and in talking to First Impressions which has used art as therapy for young offenders we wondered what would happen if we invited a group of ex-homeless people from Centrepoint to be trained as artists for a week.
They were all taken around the National Gallery and shown famous portraits by Van Eyck and Cezanne and then art teachers at Central St Martin's art school spent four afternoons with the volunteers teaching them to paint.
Starting by photographing them in similar poses to the paintings in the Gallery they then showed them how to transfer the image in pencil onto canvas.They then painted their own self portraits and the results were amazing - so much so that one of the ex-homeless volunteers is now going to art school.
The pictures were exhibited in a top gallery in Hampstead and will be shown later in the year at the Broadgate Centre in Liverpool Street.They will also be exhibited here at Turner House and the artists will be invited in to see them. Prince William is the patron of Centrepoint and we are hoping to persuade him to sit for one of the artists in future!
A group from Turner and is sister Time Warner companies (Warner Bros and IPC) transformed a north London school. The tatty annex was emptied out, cleaned and repainted inside and then painted sky blue on the outside. The huge circular school hall was also given a facelift -- it would take one person weeks but the group of 30 got it done in a couple of hours. When parents came to collect their kids at the end of the day they hardly recognised the place.
Another group raised money and ran the London 10K run to raise money for the National Children's Bureau which also arranged the north London school painting day.
Taking a cue from Mary Portas a group of volunteers livened up the Age Concern shop in Paddington by dressing as classic Hollywood film stars and handing out leaflets they had made. Custom was up 100% in the first couple of hours and they also donated lots of stock from the TCM, CNN and Cartoon Network cupboards. Then they spent the afternoon with people at Age Concern's nearby day centre dancing and singing and showing off their classic clothes.
Turner is a finalist in both the Best Overseas and Best Media project categories of the Business Charity Awards 2010 for its collaboration with The Big Issue and school building projects with Plan International.
Turner paid for two sheds for Mencap's gardens in Streatham and 10 staff spent the day constructing them and helping with the gardening.
After spending six months fundraising almost £40,000, twenty Turner staff from our London, Rome and Munich offices spent a week in Rwanda helping to build a new wing for a school there. As well as working on the foundations they taught English and sports and visited projects and villages with our partner charity Plan International.
It was big news in Rwanda and made the national television news and radio there. CNN covered it on BackStory -- Click Here to see the report.
Following the devastating earthquake which rocked Haiti on the 12th January CNN presenter Don Riddell remembered a signed St Andrews Open Championships golf flag he had left from his time as a Golf Anchor. He auctioned this unique piece of sporting memorabilia on eBay for Plan UK’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal. The flag signed by Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros has now been sold on the site for £3,100. Read the full story here: http://www.plan-uk.org/newsroom/golfflag/
One freezing November night two of Turner's board members and the head of CSR sleep out at Spitalfields Market to raise over £2500 for the Centrepoint charity.
20 staff from Turner's UK, German, Spanish and Italian offices are currently fundraising to build a school in Rwanda and in February 2010 they will spend a week there helping with construction. This is the second school that Turner has built and the company is providing funds, giving staff time off and donating commercial airtime on CNN to its charity partner, Plan International.
This year there were three charity events to choose from on Turner Volunteer Day and of course the greatest attraction were the cute animals at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People! A group went to their training centre in Buckinghamshire and painted several of the rooms where people go to get to know the dogs that will help them in the everyday lives.
Another team spent the day in west London's Boston Manor Playing Field completly transforming its filthy old pavillion which had been painted black and looked like the set for a horror film. They painted the long corridor and nine changing rooms a cheerful blue so it will be much nicer for the kids and disabled groups that use it.
Others spent the day meeting the vendors and the people involved in the Big Issue magazine. They got together with the editor in the afternoon and wrote up their experiences for an article which will be appearing in the magazine shortly.
90 people from Turner and its Time Warner sister companies AOL, IPC and Warner Bros spend the day with Kids Co at a school in East London painting a mural, holding a sports day, helping out at the art class and loads of other activities.
The Mali School Building Project team from Turner is awarded Time Warner's Heiskell Award for the best Group Community Service activity and is presented with a cheque for $10,000 at a ceremony in New York. The money was given to Plan International towards the next school that Turner will build in Africa.
Turn Turner Green hold an Environmental Fortnight to encourage staff to help the company reduce its 4500 tonne carbon footprint and £1million pound electricity bill. 16 staff volunteers for a Trees For Cities day improving the landscape at the Kennington Park Estate.
Turner works with the BBC, ITV, Sky and other major broadcasters to create the CDN Diversity Pledge which sets out to change the face of television, onscreen and off, by more accurately reflecting our multicultural society.
20 volunteers from Turner’s London, Milan and Munich offices raised over £30,000 and spent a week in Mali building a school to replace the old grass hut where children are taught at the moment. It is on the edge of a village called Farada which is in the middle of the countryside, a two and a half hour drive across country from Bamako, the capital.
The group were greeted by around 1000 people as this is the biggest thing that has happened there for a long time. Everyone in the village and from several miles around came to welcome the team and sing and dance. The villagers live very much as they have done for thousands of years with no electricity or phones, still living in traditional mud huts and growing everything they need. They have a short life span because of disease and lack of amenities but are extremely happy and hospitable. The new school will mean that the children can get a better education as they won’t have to go home when it rains or when the locusts come and they now have latrines and a well which will make their daily lives a lot easier.
The villagers all helped with the building project, even the women who would not normally do this kind of work but were inspired by the women on our team. There are professional masons in charge of the project which will be finished soon.
CNN reported on this in ‘Backstory’ in March and there will also be an article in CNN Traveller magazine. View Backstory here: http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2009/03/18/bs.mali.farada.mxf.cnn
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THE BIG ISSUE
Volunteers from CNN made a series of short documentary interviews of the winners of the Big Issue's first Real Lives, Real Achievements awards. They were also on the judging panel and helped give out the awards at the ceremony in London. It was the cover story on the Big Issue magazine on March 23rd .
An internal video for Turner staff explaining the company's CSR, Diversity and Environmental work.
A group of volunteers each fundraised £750 for Sense, the deafblind charity, and took part in the Team Ice Challenge at Broadgate Circle Ice Rink in February. Cheered on by their supporters the team came a impressive second in judging by Nicky Slater from ITV's Dancing on Ice. Team Captain Ivan Betts says that they were robbed of their victory and will be back next year to win!
The Big Issue writes about Turner's corporate partnership on their website. Click here for link.
20 staff from Turner’s offices in London, Munich and Milan volunteer to raise money and help build a school in Mali.
In March 2009 they will be building a proper school with sanitation, three classrooms and equipment which will immediately benefit the 150 pupils and change life in the village forever.
CNN is also helping out by giving airtime and space on its website to promote Plan International and we will be working with our business partners to give help as well.
A group from the IT department spent the day at a Centrepoint house in north London renovating a garden that was completely overgrown. By the end of the afternoon it has beds for growing vegetables, shrubs and even a bench.
People from around the company spent time at a junior school in London's East End at their 'Aspirations Day' which encourages 3 to 11 year old to think about what they would like to do when they grow up.
A group of staff play at the annual Homeless World Cup 6-a-side fundraising tournament in Liverpool and CNN donates airtime to promote it internationally.
60 staff spent a day working on projects with Kids Company children in South London in an event inspired by a feature on CNN. Teams from Turner Broadcasting around the word volunteered in events to celebrate the company's 10 years of volunteering.
UNICEF writes to thank Turner for showing its short film "The Gift" across CNN's international news channel saying that the "support provided by CNN has been astounding, with the film having been aired 1913 times across the world between May and August 2008."
Cartoon Network donates the services of it popular character Ben 10 to Mencap for its annual Spellathon which is designed to teach children to spell. By recruiting Ben to back the competition, Mencap hopes to motivate children to take part and successful schools will receive a visit from one of Ben’s alien superheroes as a reward for their good work.
Diane Abbott MP’s ‘Young Black Achievers’ visit Turner and meet staff from around the company to learn about life in the media.
Around 90 staff from Turner and its sister companies Time Warner, AOL, IPC and Warner Bros met up at the Trees for Cities site in South London to work on a woodland improvement project. The Peabody project focuses on improving urban woodlands and green areas to create an oasis so local residents (and animals!) can enjoy the area.
Time Warner gave Turner some money to donate to charity and we picked the Pepo La Tumaini Jangwani HIV/AIDS community centre in Kenya. The money has paid for food and drugs for two years, a major HIV testing campaign and the they have just bought this much needed vehicle as they are located in the countryside and serve a huge area.