We rely on support from local businesses, and with so many ways to get involved, both DENS and your company can benefit from any help you can offer. Businesses that engage with their local community fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibility, and can experience improved reputation and publicity, a motivated workforce, and increased customer retention.
For more information on how you and your company can support DENS and how this partnership will benefit your company, see our Companies page or get in touch on 01442 800268 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Aitchisons Estate Agents
Aitchisons have provided space on their advertising boards to help us promote our fundraising events, and have even had staff take part in events like the Sponsored Walk. Rather than sending their usual mass mailing Christmas cards in 2013, Aitchisons gave a donation to DENS instead.
“We are proud to support DENS by providing the charity with donations, items for service users, and promoting their events. Everything helps. Join us in supporting this local charity!"
Amazon in Hemel Hempstead are financial supporters of DENS, most recently making a £1500 contribution. They also provide provide work opportunities, with many service users moving through the Equipped to Change project finding employment at Amazon.
Community charity Groundwork has been given funding by the Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme to run the Sprouting Out project at 10 hostels over the next two years, including The Elms.
Hemel based creative design agency Iguana Creative Services, provide assistance with the design of our leaflets, newsletters and promotional material. The expertise they generously provide free of charge would have been over £10,000 in cost.
“This was a real opportunity to put something tangible back into our local community. We have watched DENS grow since its inception and think they do a remarkable job for the homeless in Dacorum”
Staff from Kodak Alaris in Hemel Hempstead are taking part in this year's Sponsored Sleepout.
Staff at the Watford branch of KPMG UK took part in a First Hour Appeal in aid of DENS - donating their salary for the first hour of the new year and raising over £4000. They also raised a further £500 by holding a sponsored Dress Down Day.
Lumina Technologies have kindly agreed to sponsor a lovely Christmas tree and decorations for The Elms. The tree will be decorated by Sixth Form students from Tring School.
The Nandos restaurant at Jarman Park in Hemel Hempstead are supporting our Day Centre by providing food which can be used for our hot lunches.
Northgate Public Services in Hemel Hempstead made DENS their Charity of the Year in October 2014. Their staff held a collection for clothing donations and a Spring Raffle in aid of DENS, and also had a team take part in the sponsored Sleepout.
Tesco stores in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted & Tring regularly hold collections for our Foodbank, where shoppers are encouraged to donate extra food. The Sainsbury's in Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead, has a permanent collection point. Waitrose stores in Berkhamsted and St Albans have included DENS in their Community Matters scheme. Ocado have donated cooler boxes for the DENS van, and offer fresh food twice a week for use in DENS services.
Recruitment agency Utility People have selected DENS as their Charity of the Year. Their staff raised money for DENS by doing a sponsored virtual Cycle to Lapland, and have taken part in many other of our fundraising events, as well as spending a day volunteering at the Foodbank.
Commercial vehicle dealership Vanarama provided DENS with a van, which has enabled us to collect and deliver furniture for our service users and furniture warehouse, and deliver supermarket donations for the Foodbank.
Vanarama’s support of DENS is part of the company’s bid to raise £50,000 for nationally recognised charities and those nearer to home this year. In 2015 Vanarama aim to increase this to £100,000.
“All the staff here at Vanarama were really keen to support a local charity where we could make a real impact. Most people have heard of DENS and the important work it does to get people back on their feet after homelessness, so we opted to support them”