CASES: CSR

Boots and Macmillan: working together to improve the lives of everyone living with cancer

Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support united in partnership in 2009 to achieve a single game changing ambition; to help people affected by cancer access specialist information and support on the high street.

By leveraging the expertise and passion within both organisations, they  created life-changing cancer support services delivered in a retail setting for the first time. There are now over 2,000 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists working in-store every day, and over 400 Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors are helping people manage the visible side effects of cancer.

Hear from Rowena Howell, partnership services manager at Macmillan and Oonagh Turnbull, head of CSR at Boots  UK on how this long-standing partnership is working to benefit so many people every day. Learn how they companies work together to combine their assets and knowledge to help people affected by cancer more powerfully than they could alone.


Cospa, Hyde Housing, Keepmoat, Lambeth Council, Lambeth Living, London Youth, Mears and Metropolitan: The Build-It Programme

Launched in April 2013, the Build-It programme was co-created by London Youth and social innovation agency Cospa. 

Benefitting 1,500 young people in south London over an initial two-year period, the Build-it programme gives young people the chance to learn trade and building skills and access employment opportunities by working on the regeneration of social housing and empty homes within their local communities.

Build-It is supported by two key corporate partners, building contractors Keepmoat and Mears, along with other cross-sector organisations. The programme ensured each of the partner’s met their own individual objectives. Ranging from improved housing stock for Lambeth council to improving the skills of work ready young people in apprenticeships and the career development of young people. Each objective was useful for the local community and taught key skills to disadvantaged young people.

Tim Reading, director of  Cospa and one of its partners will join us to tell their compelling story about bringing together the local community and corporate partners to get young people learning how to build and use their skills to regenerate social housing.


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