One of the founding commitments of our new approach to community relations at Stansted has been to establish the Stansted Airport Community Network (ACN). The aim of the ACN is to bring on-airport business partners into our community programme so that we can achieve greater impact by working together under a single umbrella organisation.
This is effective because it enables airport companies, particularly smaller organisations, to join an established network and contribute their time and effort to local community projects without needing to create their own contacts or programmes. The ACN is supported by new website www.stanstedacn.com which provides a hub for companies and organisations that want to find out more about our community programmes.
Initially, we will focus on getting members involved in community volunteering. For example, over the last year we have organised volunteering opportunities for colleagues, including Business in the Community’s ‘Give and Gain’ day in May 2014. We have also committed to work with Stewards Academy School in Harlow.
The Academy is in a disadvantaged area with high youth unemployment and is looking for volunteers to provide work experience and mentors for their students. The ACN provides an excellent way to support this type of project because it pools the combined resources of on-airport partners to help address priority issues in the local community.
To find out more, please visit the website at www.stanstedacn.com