WSM is very active in supporting third sector organisations in the local community. We have a policy of senior management engagement in not for profit organisations as well as making financial contributions to local charities and those connected to our people.
Each year, we take a vote and appoint a ‘chosen’ charity for which we undertake team events to raise funds. For 2018, we chose Operation Smile who are a childrens medical charity, whose network of volunteers provide free and safe surgery for children and young adults in develping countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities.
We also regularly sponsor and support many local charities including:
- Jane Goodall Foundation
- Merton Arts Trail
- Merton Mencap
- Polka Theatre for Children
- Streetchild Africa
- Shooting Star Chase
- Rainbow Trust
- Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
- University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art
- Wimbledon Bookfest
- Wimbledon Music Festival
Learn more about WSM’s Corporate Social Responsibility
Heather Bechman, STEM4
‘WSM is a corporate supporter of STEM4 and has been actively working with us over the past year. Their involvement has been hugely beneficial in a number of different ways. Apart from the loan of time from Kayley Hackshaw who has been extremely helpful in helping us on the finance side, social networking and introducing us to many business links, WSM have been instrumental in fund-raising for us in a major way by nominating us as their charity of the year. We are extremely appreciative of their investment in us which can only continue to help us deliver our services to the teenage population we work with together with their families and schools to enable improved mental health.’
Chrissie, Merton Arts Trail
‘When we set up the Merton Arts Trail in 2010, WSM was one of the first companies that we went to for sponsorship because of their high profile support of local arts organisations. Immediately we were given a pledge of funding, and Paul Windsor met with us and gave us important pointers as to how we might raise more sponsorship, and he put us in contact with others who could help us get our organisation off the ground.
Their support has been steadfast ever since – in a variety of important areas, from advice about managing our organisation, to helping us find venues for events – even as far as giving us space to store our catalogues in the run-up to this year’s event – WSM has been there to help out, and offer support. Even when our energy levels were flagging last year, Paul made us understand the importance of our work, and encouraged us to continue it for the good of the community, both artistic and those who are touched by the arts in intangible ways.’