Mechline awarded the 2020 Long-term Partnership Third Sector Business Charity Award
4 June 2020
We would like to share with you the good news that Mechline’s long-term partnership with MK SNAP, a Milton Keynes based education and skill-building charity for people with learning disabilities, has been awarded a prestigious Third Sector Business Charity Award.
The Business Charity Awards showcase the people and teams behind amazing partnerships and their impactful work, and it is a great honour to have had this recognition for Mechline’s work training project with MK SNAP.
We are very proud and humbled to have been given this recognition in a shortlist that included some very big brands, such as Sky, Deloitte and Network Rail. However, we would not have been able to achieve this without the support of you, our customers, so we would like to pass on our gratitude. Thank you for choosing to do business with us, and putting your faith in us, as without your support we would not be able to engage in initiatives like this.
Mechline outsource part of the labelling, cleaning and packaging of its Dormont commercial kitchen gas hoses to MK Snap – whose fully trained learners work together under the supervision of a tutor. To ensure the project is fully inclusive, MK SNAP built personalised aids and adaptions at the work stations to enable those with different disabilities to undertake the variety of assembly tasks and produce the expected excellent quality products.
One of the award judges, Faiza Khan, engagement and insight director at the National Lottery Community Fund, was particularly impressed at the impact the partnership has had for both organisations: “Mechline adapts its work practices to different individuals’ needs and provides a good level of wrap-around support, helping its service users and staff develop and be fulfilled. This is a unique example of a charity partnership being a central part of how the charity delivers its services. MK SNAP has also had a wider impact on the community and employers, something that is probably possible only because of Mechline's long-term dedication.”
Kristian Roberts, Marketing Manager at Mechline Developments, is particularly appreciative of the help that the service users have brought to Mechline: “MK SNAP service users have been an indispensable part of the Mechline team for over 25 years and their ‘can do’ attitude and reliable assembly services has made a positive contribution to our business. It’s been particularly rewarding to see the confidence of the service users blossom during their work with us and heartening that many have gone on to find work at the end of their assignment.”
Angela Novell, CEO of MK SNAP said: “This is fantastic national recognition of an excellent longstanding partnership. Mechline have been so supportive to us over the years providing work for our people with learning disabilities. Through the assembling of components people with learning disabilities build skills, confidence and work-readiness for jobs.”