Our Communities

Giving back and helping others

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Our Communities is the name for corporate social responsibility at NHBC and it is how we support the communities in which we operate and where our colleagues live, working with charity partners who are aligned with our values. 

What we do 

We deliver the aims of our Communities through a combination of activities and events, working with and fundraising for our charity partners, matched funding for money raised by our people for their own local causes and volunteering. 

Our aims

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Helping our communities

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Sharing our skills and knowledge

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Inclusivity and support for minority groups

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A local and nationwide reach

Our charity partners

Our head office is in Milton Keynes and we are pleased to work with some great local organisations including Action4Youth and Worktree who both support young people. The Milton Keynes Food Bank, has our continued support, which is needed more than ever during these challenging economic times, and we also work with the Milton Keynes Community Foundation, which provides small grants on our behalf to local projects related to education, young people, and issues of deprivation.  

Crisis is our national charity partner and we have been supporting their important work to end homelessness since 2018 through fundraising, education, sponsorship and volunteering. 

Matched funding

As well as fundraising for our charity partners, we support colleagues fundraising for the charities that matter most to them, through our matched funding scheme.  We match fund individuals and teams of 4 or more NHBC people. 

Volunteering

Volunteering is an important part of how we give back and help our communities.  Everyone at NHBC can take up to two days’ paid volunteering leave every year. 

Our support in action

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December 2023

Santa Dash

Supporting our charity partner Crisis, we took part in the annual Santa Dash. The funds we raised will go towards providing support to those in need this Christmas.

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December 2023

Volunteering at Age UK MK

Our Risk and Compliance team volunteered at Age UK MK helping set up their Winter Wonderland and deliver leaflets to advertise it to the local community.

a photo of a cake sale in the nhbc's offices
November 2023

Bake sale for Harry's Rainbows

Personal Claims Consultant, Clare Cambridge, organised a bake sale to raise money for Harry's Rainbows, an MK charity offering bereavement support to children.

a sign showing the work nhbc staff members do to maintain gardens
November 2023

Christmas cheer at the Ward 15 garden, MK Hospital

The Marketing and Communications Design & Copywriting team and Customer Services gave the Ward 15 garden its winter tidy and put up the Christmas tree. The NHS team came out to thank everyone for their hard work and commented on how it does not go unnoticed each time NHBC volunteers come in to tend to the garden.

a man in a nhbc jacket holding a check for a charity outside a children's hospice
November 2023

Craig Neave conquers Everest!

Building Inspector, Craig Neave, has sucessfully completed his challenge to climb 5,364m to Everest base camp. Craig raised £4,100 for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH).

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November 2023

HR volunteer for Willen Hospice

25 members of the HR team volunteered at the Willen Hospice store at The Point in Milton Keynes. They were split into teams to organise the storeroom and to price and replenish stock on the shop floor which included Christmas items, books, puzzles, board games, cuddly toys, clothes and haberdashery.

the cast of diy sos smiling at the camera
October 2023

Volunteering for DIY SOS

Richard Foweraker, Claims Repair and Supplier Manager, spent his two days of volunteering leave for the BBC's DIY SOS. Richard worked on a project to turn a rundown caretaker's bungalow into a wellbeing centre for the Butterfly Effect - an initiative to support people's mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing on a holistic level in a friendly environment.

a photo of an nhbc staff member and a pig
October 2023

Curly Tails Pig Sanctuary

Lisa Ferraby, Quality Assurance Assessor, organised a volunteering day at Curly Tails Pig Sanctuary for her colleagues. They got involved with feeding and mucking out the pigs, raking and removing leaves to clear walkways and built 1.5 new pig pens.

nhbc employees during a can drive in milton keynes
October 2023

Guinness World Record with MK Foodbank

We supported MK Foodbank in smashing the Guinness World Record for the longest line of food cans, which stretched 10km and contained an estimated 120,000 cans! All donated cans will support households in crisis as we move into winter.

a photo of some nhbc staff on a farm visit
October 2023

Loughton School, Milton Keynes

A team volunteered at Loughton School in Milton Keynes weeding the courtyard and making the area look better.

a photo of some nhbc staff during a football tournament
September 2023

NHBC charity football tournament

We hosted a thrilling charity football tournament with our MK office colleagues, supporting MK Community Foundation, Action4Youth, Worktree and MK Foodbank.

nhbc staff members smiling at the camera before undertaking garden maintenance
September 2023

Restoring boats for Action4Youth

HR and Strategy and Insights spent an afternoon cleaning and restoring two of the boats Action4Youth use with young people. Jobs included cleaning and jet washing, T-cutting and revarnishing, rubbing down and resealing.