Community Partnership


RefuAid, Liverpool John Moores University, NHS England and NHS Improvement: North West Refugee Nurses Programme

Refugees who qualified as nurses in their home countries are being supported into work in the NHS as part of a pilot programme being run by RefuAid, Liverpool John Moores University, and NHS Trusts across the country. Backed by chief nursing officer for England Ruth May, the North West Refugee Support Pilot scheme is a first-of-its-kind collaboration, which supports refugee nurses with the process of becoming registered nurses in the UK and gaining employment commensurate with their skills and experiences. After a successful initial pilot of 14, a second cohort of 20 nurses has now begun.


Hammersmith BID; Hammersmith & Fulham Council;; TfL: Parcels not Pollution

Parcels not Pollution is a clean air delivery service that was launched by Hammersmith BID in September 2019. Its objective is to reduce traffic, ease congestion and improve air quality in Hammersmith town centre. The project uses electric cargobikes as a more sustainable way to deliver goods in the local area, enabling businesses to send deliveries to a single location, before being sorted and delivered. When businesses were closed due to COVID restrictions, the service expanded to assist the local community with food parcel deliveries and has since developed an office-to-home offering to support hybrid working.


JTI & London Philharmonic Orchestra: OrchLab

OrchLab is an innovative project which uses accessible technology, bespoke workshops and a website, to facilitate music-making for disabled adults for whom traditional instruments are inaccessible. OrchLab has worked intensively with 87 disabled adults since it began in 2017, led by JTI’s long-term community partner, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and supported by its delivery partner Drake Music.

–           100% participants demonstrated positive impact on skills, quality of life and wellbeing

–           37 bespoke digital instruments created

–           11 training sessions for care home staff

–           11 care home teams trained on

–           Arts sector employment opportunities created

Judges Commendation for Community Investment

Barclays & Unreasonable Group: Unreasonable Impact programme

Unreasonable Impact is the world’s first international network of accelerators dedicated to scaling growth-stage entrepreneurs whose ventures have the potential to employ thousands worldwide while solving some of our most pressing societal and environmental challenges.

Co-founded in 2016 by Barclays and Unreasonable Group, the partnership supports and scales up ventures operating at the leading edges of technology for the benefit of society at large, by connecting entrepreneurs to a global community of world-class mentors and industry specialists, including experts from across Barclays.

Judges Commendation for Community Engagement

UBS & UnLtd: East End Connect and Thrive Access 2 Employment

Through a multi-faceted partnership, UBS and UnLtd have worked together to find innovative solutions to employability issues across east London. With our combined experience and networks, we have engineered programmes that overcome disadvantage through funding, mentoring, business support, helping to inspire future social leaders. East End Connect nurtured talent and people to find solutions to social problems, with our Thrive Venture Accelerator acting as an important element to providing employment to those furthest from the labour market. Our programmes empowered people to improve their life chances and to achieve their ambitions through social entrepreneurship.