“Ecovis Wingrave Yeats has always had a strong ethos of giving back. So much so, that in 2016, we established our own charity which focuses on tackling the issue of homelessness in our local community.

We approached Heart of the City because we wanted to progress our responsible business activities to include wider giving-back initiatives and to further inspire our team. As a firm, we believe that getting involved in charitable work not only benefits business, society and the environment, but is also a proactive and inspiring way to engage our employees and create a friendly, socially responsible workplace culture.

Through Heart of the City’s education, mentoring and networking opportunities, we’re learning from others and are working to develop a programme that’s tailored to our organisation’s goals, ethos, strengths and values.

When Ecovis staff were asked to choose causes close to their hearts, they agreed that tackling mental health challenges and inspiring young people who are thinking about their careers were the social issues they felt most passionate about.”

“Since working with Heart of the City, we have eleven trained Mental Health First Aiders who can offer tangible, hands-on support to those who are struggling within the firm. Through roundtable discussions, establishing relevant company policies, and regular communications, we’re working to create an open workplace culture where mental health and wellbeing are valued.

As part of British Science Week and Westminster City Council’s science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) week, we opened our doors to our first ever data analytics workshop for students. As an accounting firm with a data analytics service, we’re in a unique position to combine all the elements of STEAM through our data visualisation! The aim of the workshop was to support young people to raise aspirations, develop an appetite for success, broaden their horizons, and explore the world of STEAM subjects and how these can translate to real-world careers later in life.

With Heart of the City’s support, we’re taking our responsible business activities further and look forward to making positive impacts through our ‘Giving Back’ programme in 2020.”

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