Illuminate Group continues to work towards playing a larger part in the community and provides many opportunities for their staff to also play an active role in charitable associations.
At Illuminate Group, all staff are given an additional 4 days of paid leave per year called "Community Days". The purpose of the community days is for Illuminate Group's staff to volunteer at organisations or community groups who need a helping hand.
CHRISTMAS IN THE SHELTER
In 2017, I took part in a personal development programme which involved creating a large scale community project. My focus was to reach out to women and children who had experienced domestic violence and were living in local women’s refuges. It was the intent of the project to show these women that their community hadn’t forgotten about them, still cared for them and wanted to connect.
I rallied some girlfriends together and we scoped out a plan to put on a Christmas in July style lunch for fifty women and their children. I divided the team into project leads, each managing a different area of the project such as sourcing a guests, venue, catering, transport, decoration, childcare, security and entertainment.
The funds for the project came entirely from the generous donations of local businesses and volunteers. The Illuminate group offer four volunteering days per year as part of its staff enrichment programme, I was generously allowed to cash in one of my days to fund the bus hire for a mini bus which transported fourteen of the women and children to and from the venue.
The kindness of people and businesses in the community was astounding, there were thirty four volunteers in total and all items had been donated or paid for by our generous sponsors.
The guests had time to relax and be entertained by interesting and motivating speakers who shared their stories of triumph and success over adversity. All while their children were having fun with rock painting, reading and playing on the lawn outside under the watchful eye of two security guards. The venue was beautifully decorated and the food, delicious and plentiful.
It was really moving to hear these women’s stories. I was touched by the heart they had and desire to rebuild their futures.
The personal experience I gained was amazing and extremely valuable! I was able to incorporate all of my leadership skills as well as acquiring new ones. It was a truly moving and worthwhile endeavour!
I'm very grateful to the Illuminate group for making a difference to these vulnerable members of our community and helping me to inspiring hope, affinity and connection.
Four Illuminate Group staff members are participating in this years OXFAM trailwalker in the hopes of raising $6,000 for those who do not have clean food or water available to them. Bianca, Neville, Kailah and John will be walking 100km in under 48 hours in October and have been using their community days to train for the event. To help them reach their goal you can visit their OXFAM webpage below
In addition to the charitable donations and events, Illuminate Group also has a staff member volunteer for Court Welfare services to provide their services on a weekly basis to help the legal aid process which is made possible by Illuminate Group and their community paid leave program.
Staff have also provided their expertise as a volunteer for the PEAC program (Primary Extension and Academic Challenge Service). This allowed a staff member to volunteer and provide a workshop to primary aged children who are recognised as academically gifted, and in turn, contribute to a great organisation which provides additional learning techniques and unique areas of study to children.
Telecross is a service provided by the Australian Red Cross and provides peace of mind to elderly who are isolated through a daily phone call to check on their wellbeing and safety. A staff member at Illuminate Group has been actively involved in this service for 8 years, with Iluminate Group working towards recruiting more staff to assist in this service.