Checkprint, part of the TALL Group of Companies, the UK leader in the provision of secure paper and electronic payment solutions, has received special recognition for the community work it delivers across schools and colleges. The organisation was named the winner in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Education’ category at Leicestershire Cares’ annual celebration.

Leicestershire Cares is a not-for-profit organisation that helps businesses to find volunteering placements. Checkprint signed up as a member in January 2017, pledging to participate in a number of projects designed to benefit the local community. Since working with Leicestershire Cares, Checkprint staff have delivered regular lessons to Year 3 & 4 pupils from Battling Brook Primary School, helping students to improve their maths skills. They have also visited Hinckley Academy to carry out reading lessons for 11 to 14-year-olds, whilst providing school leavers with training sessions on interview techniques to help them find suitable employment opportunities.

This activity helped Checkprint to beat off stiff competition from Howes Percival, Office Depot and Melton Foods to secure the award, which was presented during a special celebration at Winstanley House in Leicester on 15th May.

Earlier that day, a team from Checkprint had joined local Hinckley & Rugby Building Society staff and Hinckley Academy staff and students at Hinckley East Sure Start to apply a lick of paint to fences, garden furniture and buildings at the centre in a Leicestershire Cares challenge.

The Hinckley East Sure Start centre offers pre-school age children and their families a range of services that are tailored to the needs of the local area but meet the government's targets to improve the lives for pre-school children and their families.

Checkprint has also taken part in a number of other Leicestershire Cares initiatives over the last 17 months. Last summer, nine staff members rolled up their sleeves to take part in an eight-hour painting session as part of a project to refurbish a playground in Braunstone. In addition, team members also took part on a food bank challenge in Fairshare and an Age UK event in Leicester.

Martin Ruda, Managing Director said: “We are honoured to receive this special award which is testimony to the time and effort put in by each and every volunteer at Checkprint. We are extremely proud to work alongside Leicestershire Cares and to contribute to a number of worthwhile initiatives that make a true difference to various people across the community.”

“Every Checkprint volunteer who has participated in an activity has brought back a sense of fulfilment and positivity, which is infectious across the business. This is only our second year as a member of Leicestershire Cares but the enthusiasm from our employees has been incredible, which has only been matched by our team of directors.”

“We would encourage other local organisations to engage with Leicestershire Cares as it seeks to bring business and the community together, providing volunteering opportunities across Leicestershire. Checkprint has benefited greatly by raising staff morale, developing staff skills and building stronger teams. This has resulted in our own improved productivity and increased motivation. We have also been able to raise brand awareness and build on our reputation within the Hinckley area. Major benefits all round.”

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