The Foundation seeks to tackle some of the causes and effects of poverty in the UK, by developing the capacity and skills of socially and economically disadvantaged members of communities, and protecting and improving the environment in which they live.
We do this by investing in partnerships with organisations who share our vision and passion, to deliver initiatives and research that influence public policy and practice.
In 2017, the Foundation partnered with Bromley by Bow Centre and University of Plymouth to invest in two diverse, relevant areas of social research:
Unleashing Healthy Communities research project - Bromley By Bow Centre
The Bromley By Bow Centre is an innovative community organisation in east London, working in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK to support families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives.
The Unleashing Healthy Communities research project will develop a deeper understanding of the diversity of the local community and the positive difference the Bromley by Bow Centre, and the local GP practice, can make to their health and wellbeing. The information gathered will be used to continually improve how they work with the community to reduce health inequalities, influence public policy and share their learnings with others.
You can find out more about the Bromley By Bow Centre and the Unleashing Healthy Communities research project at www.bbbc.org.uk/unleashing-healthy-communities.
Supporting people living with Dementia to achieve their full potential - University of Plymouth.
It is estimated that by 2024 one in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia. Among the over-55s, dementia is feared more than any other illness and at an estimated 23 billion pounds a year, the cost to the UK economy is higher than the cost for Cancer.
The University of Plymouth is a leading partner in social research focused on the impact of interventions, such as changes in policy and practice, on the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers.
Building on recent developments in the aviation sector to improve air travel experience for people with 'hidden disabilities', such as the specialist training received by customer care agents at OCS, the research conducted by the University of Plymouth will explore the opportunities to develop similar effective awareness and training programme models for staff employed across other service sectors, such as Healthcare and Venues.
You can find out more about the University of Plymouth's focus on dementia research on their website.
The Foundation's work complements, but is not a substitute for, CSR activities in the Company.
The Foundation works in collaborations with other foundations and relevant organisations. It is working initially in the UK, and will engage internationally in the future.
As a UK registered charity, the Foundation is a separate entity and is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is currently building a strategy for the Foundation to complement the broader CSR footprint of the Group. Please note that we are not in a position to respond to unsolicited requests for support.
As well as the OCS Foundation, we also operate the PCS Foundation in Thailand. The late PCS Chairman, Liam Ayudhkij, established this foundation in 2007 as a means to support the local communities in which OCS Group works within Thailand.
Some of the organisations that have been supported include TBCA, Chulalongkorn Hospital (Princess Srindhorn Craniofacial Center), Camillian Social Center and Satriwittaya School. Through activities such as sport, concerts and charity events, the PCS Foundation continues to raise significant funds to support local communities in need.