The BIG Alliance

Islington Giving recognises the role of business in addressing the borough’s priorities. We established the BIG (Businesses for Islington Giving) Alliance with Macquarie Group Foundation as its principal funder in 2012. The BIG Alliance matches business volunteers with voluntary organisations and links young people to the world of work. In 2016, 1,184 volunteers from 13 businesses offered time and skills to Islington voluntary organisations.

The BIG Alliance’s Mentoring Works programme brings the expertise of business volunteers to Islington’s secondary schools and colleges. In 2016, 404 young people aged 15-18 were matched with 271 volunteers. The programme aims to be in 11 Islington secondary schools by 2019. To date, over 700 young people have received mentoring and support through the BIG Alliance.

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Image: The BIG Alliance – Pupils from New North Academy at their visit to the Expedia Inc. offices