Many Bentley Colleagues are active in charitable work in their free time. The Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire meets weekly to socialise and help coordinate community projects. Since its formation, Colleagues have dedicated thousands of hours to community service projects. These include renovating a garden centre for cancer patients at a local hospital, raising funds for a children’s hospice and setting up a temporary street kitchen for the homeless.
As part of trainee programmes at Bentley, all apprentices, undergraduate placement students and graduates are asked to take part in local volunteering projects within the community. Since 2016, Bentley trainees have supported the Prince’s Trust, which helps to deliver the TEAM programme in Crewe.
The Prince’s Trust helps young people aged 16-30 to get their lives on track by providing initiatives that aim to equip participants with valuable skills.
Bentley also encourages trainees to support Young Enterprise events in the North West of England, which promote business start-ups and innovation to help young people develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Bentley has supported the Wingate Special Children’s Trust financially, and with volunteers, to help create a sensory nature trail for children with complex care needs. The Trust welcomes 600 children and their carers for respite holidays. It receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of Bentley, other local businesses and individuals for sustenance.