Giving a little back

Jonathan Hall: The general manager and director of Friends Provident International is proud to sponsor the award

Jonathan Hall: The general manager and director of Friends Provident International is proud to sponsor the award

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AS 2010 winner in the Charity, Cultural and Social Enterprise category at the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence, Friends Provident International has a strong reputation for taking its corporate social responsibility seriously.

This year, the company is the proud sponsor of the award for Volunteer of the Year.

FPI encourages staff to give their time and runs volunteer programmes with Southern Befrienders, Junior Achievement and local schools. As one of 10 partner sponsors of the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games, many staff became part of the ‘Orange Army’ of volunteers that contributed to the success of the event last summer. More creative members of staff have teamed up to paint murals at local youth clubs and green fingered colleagues spend time in the office gardens and allotments and have even turned their hand to beekeeping to ensure they contribute to the biodiversity of their surroundings.

Jonathan Hall, general manager and director, Friends Provident International said: ‘We have been based in the Isle of Man for over 30 years and it’s important to us to give something back to the community that has welcomed and supported our business over this time. We actively encourage our employees to volunteer their time and skills. We know how much the efforts of our staff who do volunteer are appreciated. We’re delighted to sponsor Volunteer of the Year at the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence. The Isle of Man is a unique place with very high levels of giving and volunteering. This is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you for the hard work and dedication of all volunteers in FPI and the Isle of Man.’

FPI will be contacting charities and voluntary organisations in the Isle of Man to encourage them to nominate volunteers for the award.

Jonathan continued: ‘By their nature, many volunteers give their time without expecting any reward and wouldn’t consider putting themselves forward for public recognition. We want to help ensure the Isle of Man’s most dedicated volunteers are nominated for this special award. Volunteering is a win-win situation. Businesses encouraging staff to volunteer will often see a rise in staff morale and engagement. Group activities make excellent team building opportunities, giving people the chance to do something completely different, which can bring a fresh perspective to day to day work. Each volunteer gets a sense of achievement and the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution while charities benefit from the time, skills and experience of people with a real interest in their cause.’

This year’s Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence, in association with RBS International, will be held on November 15.

Application forms are available at

If you would like to find out more about what entering can do for you, contact Trudi Williamson (tjw(at) or Sarah Radcliffe (sarah.radcliffe(at) or 695695 for more information.

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