£1,000 donated to National Autistic Society thanks to smart savings at Orbit South
Published by J Knight for Orbit South in Communities and also in Housing
Jo Redhead of NAS receiving the cheque from Deji Fajobi of Orbit South
A year of dedicated saving paid off for Orbit South recently as they handed over a £1,000 cheque to the National Autistic Society. The housing association’s cash was donated as part of a money-saving campaign which saw huge savings across the organisation by achieving value for money.
The £1,000 prize money was awarded to a team in the organisation that won the ‘Value for Money’ challenge; a year-long contest to provide savings, or ideas for savings that made the business more effective.
The winners, the Planned Works team who are mostly located in Orbit South’s office in Sittingbourne, were selected for their substantial savings; over £350k was saved on a single project by negotiating better rates on supplier and consultant fees and securing external funding for energy saving and insulation works for a recently renovated building in Ipswich. Following a majority vote, they chose to give their donation to the National Autistic society, the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism, because a member of their team has a family member who is affected by the condition.
The competition led to a record annual saving of more than £535k across the organisation which will be reinvested to improve services and release resources to provide more houses, improve existing homes and enable Orbit to invest in products, services and the communities where they work.
Deji Fajobi, Head of Planned Works at Orbit South commented on his team’s win: “Delivering more efficient services is a necessary part of what we do. To achieve this as well as be able to contribute to the fantastic work of the National Autistic Society is excellent. We always strive to deliver a value for money service to our residents across the organisation and it was great to see how much we saved.”
Jo Redhead, Supporter Fundraising Officer at the National Autistic Society said: “The National Autistic Society supports around 700,000 people with autism in the UK. Together with their families they make up over 2.5million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. Donations like this help us to continue to provide information, support and pioneering services and campaign for a better world for people with autism.”