Do you believe in second chances?

Second chances

Do you believe in second chances?

They say you can only make a first impression once. If you meet someone for the first time and accidentally spill a drink over them, then it’s not a good look. That person probably won’t like you for a while. But, over time, when they get to know, they might come to like you and realise that person who spilt a drink over them was actually pretty okay. You get a second chance.

But not everyone does. There is a subsection of the British public who go overlooked and underappreciated, judged on their past actions and not their true selves. We’re talking about ex-offenders. We’re not here to say you need to replace your entire staff, but rather discuss the merits of giving someone who needs it a chance.

What does it mean to be a charity?

What is charity if not an opportunity to give unwanted items a second home? In an effort to support our worthwhile causes we collect others’ discarded things and sell them to a good home. It’s good for the environment and makes sure nothing is disposed of before its time.

If we give that level of care to inanimate objects, can we not do the same for other human beings? We wouldn’t think twice to do it for an animal. Yet do the same for a human and we become some sort of pariah.

Not all crimes are equal yet we treat them the same. We judge them on their conviction, not their actions, failing to see the context behind the situation. But it’s this attitude that leads to high levels of recidivism. Almost 30% of convicted adults go on to reoffend; in juveniles, it’s over 40%. This reoffending costs the UK £15 billion.

But if we gave them a chance, the likelihood of reoffending lowers dramatically. But only 17% of ex-offenders have a job within a year of release. They live in a world where they don’t feel wanted – they can’t even vote, no matter what they’re crime. Is it any wonder they turn to crime again after feeling so discarded? Is that not the antithesis of what charities are about? Shouldn’t we be the first to open our hearts?

The benefits

Luckily, the general attitude towards ex-offenders is changing. More big high-street names are starting to employ ex-offenders. Greene King, Pret A Manger, Boots, and Barclay’s are just some to open their doors. And two-thirds of companies who take the leap say they have no regrets.

There is even a charity revolving around this very issue. The Clink gives prisoners an environment to practice their culinary skills before their release and offer them opportunities on the outside. You could even have them cater your events. 

By employing ex-offenders you can fill your skills gap and reduce your recruitment costs. By giving a chance to someone who wants it, you also fill your ranks with loyal employees you can trust to turn up on time. You also give them the confidence boost they need and the means to become financially independent.

The world is cruel enough – this sector knows that better than anyone. We shouldn’t be putting that negative energy into the world. These ex-offenders are people’s brothers, partners, husbands, and sons. They are people who were a key part of society up until the point we told them we didn’t want them. By ignoring their pleas, we indirectly contribute to recidivism rates and maybe even homelessness.

If it was you or I, we would want someone to give us a second chance. Shouldn’t we do what’s right?

At Charity Fleetcare, we wholeheartedly believe in second chances. We could not be here if not for second chances. If we sound like the sort of company you would love to work with, we’d like to hear from you. Get in touch with us on 0800 014 9797.

Why a monitoring system is just what your fleet needs

Monitoring system

Why a monitoring system is just what your fleet needs

If you’re running a fleet and not monitoring it, then what are you doing? You’re missing out on so much useful information! By now you’re probably used to the routine maintenance and health checks, making sure it can make it from A to B and back to A again. You might think you’ve got enough to think about without an entire monitoring system. Not to mention the fact you’re trying to run a charity.

But a telematics monitoring system can actually make those other jobs easier. You can monitor every aspect of your vans and use that information to adjust your operations for the better. There are many benefits to such a system; let’s take a look at some of them.

It can help you cut down on fuel

One of the key points of a telematics system is it helps you drive more efficiently. Depending on how deep you analyse the data, you can see which speeds use the least fuel and how braking practices affect overall fuel consumption. By cutting down your fuel usage, you benefit in two ways.

Firstly, you save money. The less fuel you use, the less frequently you have to refill the tank. Also, better driving habits that lead to less fuel consumption also put less strain on your vehicle, meaning you spend less on repairs.

But it also has the added benefit of being environmentally friendly. As a charity, you always want to do what you can to better society. But cutting down on fuel, you’re putting fewer toxins into the environment, leading to a cleaner, greener world.

It can help make your drivers better

We touched on it in the last point; telematics allows you to see how your drivers can be better at their job. You don’t need to reprimand them – it’s constructive feedback on how they drive. Harsh driving – which can include sudden braking or wild veering – can take its toll on your fleet, using more fuel and decreasing its lifespan.

You can use your monitoring data to show your drivers where they’re going wrong and roll it into a larger driver training programme. It also shows your staff you’re invested in their training, making them feel more appreciated in the team.

It can help with your operations

The main point to use a monitoring system is to help improve your wider operations. And it does this in many ways. At the centre will be the GPS system, which will let you know where your vans are at all times. This means you have real-time access to where they are on their route and can see where the drivers are losing time.

More than this, you can also use this GPS data to help them avoid traffic. Most modern systems will integrate with traffic updates and guide your drivers down a quieter route. This means they can hit more stops, meaning you benefit from more donations.

Ultimately, all of this will help your drivers stay safe. By encouraging better driving and keeping track of them at all times, you can ensure they make it back to their families safely. There are no downsides to monitoring your fleet, so why not finally make that jump?

At Charity Fleetcare, we have state-of-the-art fleet solutions that can help you make the most of your vehicles. Our Connected Van service can equip your fleet with the latest tech or help you find the perfect vehicle for your fleet. If you would like to know more, feel free to get in touch on 0800 014 9797.

How can you increase donations to your charity?

increase donations

How can you increase donations to your charity?

The UK public has been feeling generous. We’ve seen levels of donations increase across the last few years, with a majority of people donating in the last year. But with so many charities to choose from, how does the public know they should pick you?

Even though you’re a non-profit organisation doing what you can to help others, you have to play the game of business. If you want to increase the number of donations you’re seeing, we have some ideas that could help you.

Run an advertising campaign

The simplest way is to run an advertising campaign. What form this takes is up to you: posters, leaflets, TV adverts, and email campaigns are just some of the options. They’re all ways of getting your name out there, which might be especially useful if you’re a smaller, local charity.

Whichever method you choose, there are some key rules to remember. The first is to pinpoint your target audience. Women donate more than men so will you target them? Also, what is your goal with the advert? Always go in with an idea of what you want to achieve as it will help focus your attention and make for a more effective advert.

TV adverts might not be the best bet. If you’re a smaller charity, it might fall out of your budget. But even if you do have the money, many people feel negatively about TV ads. That’s just something you might want to consider as it won’t help you increase your donations.

Run a fundraising event

If you’re strictly looking for more cash donations, then a fundraising event might be the simplest option. Fairs and raffles are always popular choices. Or you can have a bake sale or some themed fun run. They are probably all ideas you’ve heard before. This can be combined with a good advertising campaign to bring more people to your event.

If you’re looking for donations for your shops and need more items, you can organise a donation drive. Again, this can be themed to maximise bringing in what you want. A book drive, clothes collection, or electronics drive are all themes you could use.

Make sure to give people a good reason to donate. Let them know exactly what your charity is trying to accomplish. What will their donation do to help the cause? And giving them an excuse to clean out their attic is an acceptable reason too!

Increase your efficiency

Sometimes, a lack of donations comes down to a lack of manpower. Maybe you’ve got a flood of donations you just can’t process right now. Or maybe people have donations but no way of getting them to your store.

There are ways to still capitalise on these donations though; you don’t have to give up on them. You can make your fleet more efficient, meaning they can pick up more donations throughout their day. Technology is a key player in this tactic; live traffic systems can keep you on the move and a digital schedule means everyone knows where and when they need to be.

These investments can pay their own way in no time. They could even increase your Gift Aid donations, bringing in even more money for your charitable causes. There are plenty of ways you can increase your donations but none are as effective as working on your own efficiency. Once you’ve fixed that, there’s no telling where you can go next.

At Charity Fleetcare, we know how important your fleet is to your daily operations. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your fleet the best it can be. With our state-of-the-art technology, you can increase your efficiency, your donations, and your reputation. If you would like to find out more, visit our website or call us on 0800 014 9797.