FAMILY support charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) and business psychology provider OPP Limited (OPP) are embarking on a charity partnership starting in May 2018.
OPP received nominations for 19 charities after it invited employees to champion its first charity partnership opportunity. They selected PACT because of the fantastic opportunities for the two organisations to collaborate and potentially make a ground-breaking difference to the adoption process.
Staff at OPP are already involved in fundraising and raising awareness for PACT, with a team of 11 taking part in the Oxford Town & Gown 10k race. Others are joining PACT's Marathon in May challenge and are aiming to run, walk, cycle or swim 26.2 miles during the month of May.
These initiatives dovetail with OPP's commitment to the wellness of its workforce and to making a difference to the local community which OPP is a part of.
PACT is one of the UK's leading independent adoption agencies, and last year placed 82 children with 57 adoptive families. PACT also runs award-winning adoption support services and community projects including Alana House for vulnerable women including those at risk of offending, and Bounce Back 4 Kids which works with children affected by domestic abuse.
PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE said: "We are thrilled and excited to have been chosen by OPP as their charity partner. We have been so impressed by the level of engagement OPP staff have had with our services and the number of challenges and events planned already.
"We are also very excited about working with OPP on a project where their expertise could offer an innovative development to improve the adoption process."
OPP's Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Liam O'Connor added: "Our employees have done great things to support a range of local charities in the past, but we are truly delighted to be embarking on our first official charity partnership with PACT. They are a fantastic organisation with a genuine passion to create positive change in the way the adoption process works for parents and children. This struck a real chord with our staff and echoes our own desire to enable people to lead more successful and fulfilling lives."