We are lucky to have the support of some of the UK’s leading employers and top businesses, who provide work experience for our WOHAA participants, as well as being Semi Finals judges and running skills workshops.
If you would like to be a corporate sponsor or learn more about ways to get involved, please contact our team.
Here is a bit more information about a few of our partners past and present:
John Lewis are one of the UK’s largest businesses, providing customers with everything from home furnishings, and groceries, to fashion, broadband services, and even opticians! Their visionary founder began a system of co-ownership, which means that each of their 85 000 permanent staff owns part of the multitude of department stores and shops which come under the John Lewis Partnership umbrella, ensuring that worker satisfaction is at the heart of the successful business.
Tata Consultancy Services help its clients become the most efficient possible through a unique combination of tech expertise and business acumen. They work across all continents to deliver the best results in a variety of sectors, including public services, communications, travel, energy, and retail. They work with big data, and artificial intelligence, making them global leaders in this field.
Edelman PR is a top communications company running marketing strategy for clients as diverse as Heineken, Persil, X-Box, HP, the British Menopause Society, Tough Mudder, Snickers, and the National Lottery. They have run numerous notable campaigns, winning an award in 2016 for the #loveatfirsttaste campaign for Knorr. Recently they tore up the rulebook to run an event for X-Box launching Halo Wars 2 which brought the action to life in transforming the event space into a real-life military command center, with direct lines to soldiers on the battlefield.
Each WOHAA Award-winning team is given a work experience placement from within our corporate network. Read about previous students’ experiences’ of their work experiences placements here.
Many businesses like to select a charity to support for a month, at moments such as Christmas, or even for a full year – a great cause on which your staff and customers can focus to make a difference.
Choosing to support us gives everyone involved the chance to really understand how the Wings of Hope is making such a difference to so many young people, whom you can help us to support.
You can see your total grow and grow over a period of time, and watch the pennies turn into pounds. It’s a great way to boost morale, promote teamwork and raise your profile.
Your funds will go to empower young people across three countries through supporting and broadening their education.
In the UK, transferable skills are increasingly sought after, with employers more interested in candidates with evidence of teamwork, time management, creativity, and determination than simply perfect academic results. Our social enterprise programme WOHAA develops all of these skills and more, making it an impressive addition to any CV, UCAS statement or job interview, as well as providing students with real-life experience and mentoring from professionals. Read the impact on our student participants here.
In the developing world, an extra year of education can increase future earnings by 10%, reduce the potential of child marriage by 5% and raise average GDP growth by 0.37%. In addition, children whose mothers are literate are less likely to suffer from malnutrition and are more likely to finish school themselves.
The Wings of Hope are working in a meaningful way to support and empower young people around the world by breaking the cycle of poverty through education and developing their skills and ambitions for future life.
We can give you practical things like promotional materials, but also inspire your staff by visiting your workplace and gathering the troops.
Expand your skills by fundraising creatively for a worthy cause, and develop relationships between mixed groups of colleagues.
Being part of our prestigious and dedicated corporate network working with our WOHAA participants (aged 13-18), including sitting on judging panels in the Houses of Parliament, presenting an Award at Awards Ceremonies, and seeing student talent in action.
I have been lucky enough to see this first hand as a panellist for the Awards. Seeing the sheer effort and enthusiasm from such a wide spectrum of schools and pupils has been heartening. I also ran a PR workshop for some of the pupils and their desire to learn and to be commercially and marketing aware as part of this process was extremely motivating – even more so when I saw them take their key learnings from the workshop and implement them in their award submissions – Jackie Cooper, Global Creative Chair, Edelman PR
The work Wings of Hope do is truly inspiring so we feel extremely privileged to provide our support wherever we can. I was personally fortunate enough to be part of the judging panel for the Wings of Hope Achievement Award 2009. Being part of the creative industry we’re continually on the lookout for fresh, emerging talent and I was completely inspired by the creativity and sheer entrepreneurial spirit shown by this year’s entries – Michael Rebelo, Regional Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi ANZ (Australia and New Zealand)
I can honestly say that the maturity I see in some of the participants of the Wings of Hope Achievement Award is every bit as advanced as some of the graduates we see. The team-working and organisational skills the participants develop are fantastic to witness. And of course, the best thing is that while developing these valuable skills that will stand them in such good stead for their future lives, the young people are directly helping others less fortunate than themselves – Deb Thomas, Director ARUP
Wings of Hope is an imaginative and exciting charity. It involves several continents and many young students whom it inspires to think of needy people and do what they can to help them. It has no single template and leaves young pupils free to think up new ways of raising money. I have sat on the jury for some years now and consider it one of my finest educational experiences. I congratulate Sri Ram and Rajni for conceiving and guiding it and wish the project well – Professor Lord Bhiku Parekh, esteemed academic and sitting peer in the House of Lords