A Small Company With A Big Heart – Three Q’s Recent CSR Activities

CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and  Giving Back To The Community Is A Priority For Us.

Here at Three Q, we believe that it is extremely important to give back. We may be a small company, but luckily for us we have a great team with very big hearts! You would be surprised by what we can achieve when our team comes together. (Sometimes we surprise ourselves!)

We always listen to our community and our employees and try to make a difference in whatever way we can!

Here’s a few things that we have been up to this month.

Spare an Hour

We recently ran an internal campaign called Spare An Hour.

This was a campaign in which our entire office and temp staff, donated an hour of their wages to a charity as voted by them. We asked our team to nominate a charity they would like us to support. The charity with the majority vote would be the winner and our winner was The Dublin Simon Community.

We are absolutely over the moon with the results of this campaign and delighted to announce that as a team we raised over €1,167. As a company, we are matching that donation to bring our total donation to €2334.40.

This is such an incredible result and we are so proud of everyone that took part, so Thank you again to all of you that were so generous with your donations!

Dogs Aid

Some of our team members recently visited the Dogs Aid animal sanctuary to visit our newest and cutest team member, Olive.

Dogs Aid is a charity that we very much admire (We are a liiiittle bit dog crazy in the office!). So we decided to adopt Olive. She is a beautiful little Shih-tzu who was found by a very kind man behind bins in City West. When she was found she was already missing one of her eyes. Her other eye was badly damaged and unfortunately had to be later removed. Her sight does not slow her down at all and she can keep up with all of her little doggy friends in the sanctuary!

Once you meet Olive you can see how much she appreciates a cuddle and we are definitely happy to give her one! As a team we look forward to being more involved with Dogs Aid. We hope to visit often and help to raise awareness for such a caring and hard-working community. Visiting the dogs and meeting the volunteers was inspirational. We got to see all of the hard work that goes into the running of the animal sanctuary.

A huge part of our business is giving back to our local community and we are very committed to our CSR policy. We’re all about making a difference. It’s always important to give back and work with charities, especially at this time of year.

We really admire the work that volunteers do for organisations like the Dublin Simon Community and Dogs Aid.

We want to say a massive thank you to all involved in both. You inspire all of us every day.  

Chambers Ireland shortlist for Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2016

Three Q were in great company having made the Chambers Ireland shortlist for Corporate Social Responsiblity Awards 2016. Three Q PERMS & TEMPS were delighted to be shortlisted to win an award for their provision of schemes and funding which help the community in and around Dublin. “The Business of CSR in our Business” provides the framework for all of the company’s aid projects under its three pillars: unemployed, in-demand jobseekers and hiring charities.

Corporate Social Responsibilty_awards-2016 shortlist

Managing Director Cora Barnes and Operations Manager Suzanne Finn were delighted to be flanked by the likes of ESB for their Apprenticeship Programme and Zurich Healthcare, who address youth unemployment with their Activation Programme.

Diageo Ireland were the ultimate winners of the night and according to Cora who took pride of place beside their team at the event, very worthy ones at that. Their Learning for Life Programme has provided 175 young people with the skills, training and experience needed to take up jobs in the hospitality industry, to which Diageo are inextricably linked.

The hospitality industry is faced with major shortages in Ireland today, as Three Q knows all too well. As a company we supply specialist and up-to-date support and training to our staff, in order to provide them,  and the clients they work for with the best experience possible.

Three Q believes that business’ should never lose its human element, and that supporting charities such as The Alzheimer’s Cafe, Temple St Hospital and AWARE are of crucial importance.

“When you have a loud voice, a corporate voice, you’ve got a responsibility to make sure the messages you are sending are positive- empathetic.” Three Q staff member Kim Carroll stated. “You have a duty to help those less fortunate than you.”

Temp Services Manager Charlotte Crowe was involved 2 weeks ago in a charity collection inside the organisation. “Every year ThreeQ Temp and office staff pull together and donate one hour wage to a chosen charity. This year there was a bit of a twist as I asked the team could we do the one hour wage donation for one of our long term staff who’s baby was recently diagnosed with Leukaemia. I was blown away by the generosity of the whole team – some people donated as much as 4 hours pay.”

Three Q PERMS & TEMPS would like to thank all of their staff and friends for the support and good wishes that they received having been both shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland Award, and winners of the JCI Friendly Business Awards 2016.

We hope to have another fantastic year of helping the community ahead of us.

LIST OF FINALISTS

Diageo Ireland – Learning for Life

ESB – ESB Apprenticeship Programme

Mergon International – Building the Future at Mergon International

Microsoft – Youth2Work

Zurich – Zurich Youth Activation

Carey Building Contractors – Implementation of resource efficiency strategies

Collins McNicholas – Partnership with Pieta House

Eath’s Edge – Killimajaro Equipment Lending Programme

John Craddock LTD – Homeless Care in Kildare

Three Q PERMS and TEMPS – The Business of CSR in our Business

Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships

Irish SMEs are set to Shine at the Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships.  The Ploughing Championships are attended by hundreds of thousands of people from across Europe each year so it’s a huge opportunity for Irish SME’s and their brands.

 Managed and funded by the Local Enterprise Office, who were on hand to help Three Q PERMS and TEMPS get set up back in 1999, this year’s Local Enterprise Village will have a new product launch and demonstration area, where visitors will be able to preview and sample new Irish brands. A new awards scheme, “The Local Enterprise Village Awards” is also being introduced for the first time, to highlight the best of new Irish brands and companies.

Irish SMEs at National Ploughing Championships

Irish start-up “Delish Melish” is one such business fronted by the talented Dervil Mellet, who creates award winning delicious gourmet marshmallows and meringues in a unique range of flavours such asPeanut Butter & Dark Chocolate and Lime, Rose & Pistachio.  Humble beginnings selling at farmers markets to supplying events, corporate clients, large markets and weddings, Dervil has upsized from her own kitchen to the professional kitchens in the Spade Enterprise Centre in Dublin 7.

This summer promises more excitement for “Delish Melish”, who will launch their new retail line in shops and on their website www.delishmelish.com. We truly wish Dervil, her team and all the other companies at the Local Enterprise Village the best of luck in the future.

The Local Enterprise Village will open from the 20th to the 22nd September at The National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore this year. See www.localenterprise.ie for more details.

Three Q volunteers set to take part in The Alzheimer Café Dublin once again.

Our Three Q volunteers are set to take part in The Alzheimer café once again, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme.  (You can read more about our CSR here). This worthwhile organisation was set up in 2011 to provide information in an environment in which there is openness about dementia. Unlike other support services, the emphasis is on the emotional and psychosocial than the medical aspects of dementia.

three q volunteers the alzheimer cafe corporate social responsibility

A meeting takes place every month.  This month’s Alzheimer Café meeting takes place on Thursday 9th and will feature a special guest who will tell us about her family’s experience of a move from the family home to residential care. Dementia directly impacts on the lives of tens of thousands of people in Ireland. An estimated 48,000 people are living with dementia and the number is set to double in the next 20 years.

Like any café, people come and go, sometimes sitting at tables for a chat over a cup of tea and some cake. There’s then a talk about some aspects of dementia, followed by discussion and more general chat. Hosted in the Avila Centre, Donnybrook, this event is free and welcomes all members of the public.

Enable Ireland – The Impact their Work has on the Lives of Families

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, we help as many organisations as we can.  Today we are shining a light on Enable Ireland and the impact their work has on the lives of families they are involved with.
 Enable Ireland the impact their work has on the lives of families

Enable Ireland provides free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families from 40 locations in 14 counties. Covering childhood to adulthood their expert teams work with the individual and their family on a plan for each life stage. They play an essential role in the lives of many families. Here is just one account of the impact their work can have:

Lorcán and Marie Brennan live in Dublin with their three children Fia (aged 5), Thea (3) and Cillian (7 months).

“When Thea was born in 2012 she was critically ill. She was stillborn. The doctors

worked for 8 hours to stabilise her. But she made a good recovery and was doing

well. At six months we were referred to Enable Ireland and weren’t even sure that they would take Thea. We couldn’t see any difference between her and any other six month old babies. We were really shocked when the physio looked at her and, from the way he held her in his hand, said that she would have a significant physical disability for the rest of her life. The initial prognosis was that she would most likely need a wheelchair.

Being told that your child has a disability can be a very lonely experience. Unless you have been told that your child is going to develop differently to other children, you can’t know what that feels like. Worrying about the future is a huge thing. You have to experience it to understand it.

At that point, we made a decision that I would take two years off work and that we would engage fully with Enable Ireland and that whatever they told us to do – we would do it. We really have availed of all the services Enable Ireland has offered, including having a Link Worker for the first year.

I remember my first appointment when Thea was six months old, a tiny baby still in her carry cot. I looked at all these children going in with their parents and another mother asked me if I was ok. I said No. I’m not ok. This is not where I thought I’d be, bringing my baby into a service like this.

Little by little we saw the progress that Thea was making. She moved to a walker. She was delighted with herself, with the freedom it gave her. She started to walk the day after her second birthday. Now she is running around the house. There is no better feeling than that – it’s incredible!

Right now, we are focused on Thea’s communication. We’ve recently finished a course in Lámh (a sign system for children) and we’ve attended the Parenting Plus course run by the Social Work team in Sandymount. For us, the Enable Ireland service has really been a family intervention – it is not just about Thea’s needs – it’s about all our needs.”

Marie Brennan