We believe it is important to support charities and causes close to our hearts. The Q5 Foundation is our offering which provides a vehicle for us to extend our reach, contribution and influence beyond our core consulting business, develop our people and deliver meaningful impact to the communities around.
As of 2019, Q5’s official charity partner is Think Ahead. Think Ahead is a graduate programme designed to create a new route into mental health social work to attract talented people, strengthen training and spread social approaches to mental health. The Q5 Foundation is working with Think Ahead in three key ways:
1. Leadership coaching and advisory support
2. Pro-bono consulting work to help Think Ahead tackle their organisational issues
3. Fundraising and financial support
Suited & Booted is a charity based in the City of London. Public agencies refer vulnerable, unemployed and low-income men to Suited & Booted, which then helps them get into employment by providing suitable interview clothing donated by companies and professionals. Suited & Booted also offers clients interview advice and mentoring. In their first year, the charity helped about 800 men prepare for their job interview by providing them with a suit, shirt and tie, and accessories.
There is a huge demand for Suited & Booted's services, with around 1000 clients seeking help in the charity's second year. Suited & Booted is founded on the principle that wearing a great suit or smart clothing can be an empowering, transformative experience, giving the wearer the self-esteem and confidence necessary to succeed at job interview and into employment. Stepping into a new suit or outfit not only changes the way others see you, but also changes the way you see yourself. When you feel and look your best, you exude confidence and ability. Psychologist Dr Mair says: "Being well dressed can improve our self-confidence and what we wear affects how we are perceived by others. Therefore, wearing appropriate clothes, for example, a formal suit for an interview, builds our confidence and can make us appear more serious, conscientious and respectful."
Q5 is delighted to partner with Suited & Booted on a range of initiatives: from providing help with strategic direction and the charity's new projects, to working directly with individual clients. As part of this collaboration, a number of Q5ers regularly volunteer as life coaches, interview trainers and workshop facilitators. We have also helped with Suited & Booted's fundraising and collection efforts, working as part of the charity's network to raise awareness of the issues facing young men around employment, social inclusion and personal wellbeing.
We are honoured to collaborate with Suited & Booted... and look forward to representing them at this year's Brighton & Hove Triathlon. Please visit our fundraising page for information on how to donate!
Spark+Mettle is a charity that helps less privileged young people flourish professionally and gives them more confidence in their personal lives. It was set up in 2011 in response to Government cuts to youth services and offers programs to build character strengths, people skills and a network of contacts for 18 to 24-year-olds. We have hosted interns via our links, worked with the program and also provided professional support for the running of Spark+Mettle’s day-to-day operations.
One in four people in the UK are currently living with a mental health condition. MQ: Transforming Mental Health through Research funds scientific research to find ways to better understand, treat and one day prevent mental illness. Q5 has provided advisory support to MQ, which is supported by a global network of leading scientists, and 27 Q5ers took part in the Windsor triathlon to raise money for the charity.