• Social Responsibility Business of The Year

    Flamingo is down to the final 3 companies in the Social Responsibility category of the Bristol Post Business Awards!

    We’re off to a glitzy awards ceremony on June 14th, and are up against social responsibility stalwarts and behemoths of the business sector, John Lewis!

    Praised for our plethora of projects benefiting charities and communities all over the world, Flamingo was also acknowledged for keeping our roots firmly grounded in this wonderful, eclectic city.

    Just some of our projects directly affecting the people local to us include:

    • The Big Noise – giving youngsters at Ashley Down School in Horfield and The Rainbow Centre in Knowle the chance to sing alongside children from all around the globe. We recycled unwanted musical instruments to create the world’s first Skype Orchestra. See all the kids singing together at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0hOP5oUDcs&feature=player_embedded.

    • The Suit Amnesty – our annual campaign re-gifting suits to homeless jobseekers. Bristol charities www.one25.org.uk and www.emmausbristol.org.uk are beneficiaries.

    • Warm Up For Winter - launched at the Withywood Centre, the scheme enlisted the help of local chefs to lead interactive cookery classes with the over 60s giving advice and tips for eating well in winter (such as using ingredients like chili which boost circulation).

    • Edible Playgrounds – this initiative saw school kids planting kitchen gardens to help them learn about fresh, local produce and grow their own food. Some 20 Edible Playgrounds were set up, giving youngsters a hands-on approach to healthy eating.

    • Sporty Schools - supplied local schools with sports equipement, getting kids excited and active ahead of the Olympics. A total of 15 projects were completed, highlighting the importance of staying active as part of a healthy lifestyle.

    • Dad & Me - the biggest ever body of research that aims to illuminate the fathers’ perspective of caring for disabled children, involved interviewing lots of Bristolian dads.

    • Project Welly - called on people to donate outgrown children’s wellies for UK City Farm projects. The Fuzzy Ed’s Funhouse at the Wishing Well in Kingswood took part and St Werburgh's City Farm benefited with hundreds of new wellies to ensure kids stay safe and can get stuck in!

    We recently returned to St Werburgh's City Farm with The Post to create a short film to show at the ceremony. This involved Flamingo’s Kat and Aisling frolicking with rabbits, feeding the sheep and getting covered in adorable little piglets!

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