SATRO's Social Value
"When you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed" Michelle Obama
SATRO as a charity works with organisations across the region supporting them to deliver social value but we also have our own social values that guide our work.
- Our Approach: SATRO works with on average 10 schools a day delivering to students of all ages and abilities. Our commitment to the quality, engagement and impact of that delivery is at the forefront of what we do as a staff team. Through all our programmes we focus on inclusion, equality, well-being and aspirations. We have a strong commitment to staff training and work with peer related educational and charity organisations, industry and our local community to ensure that all we do remains relevant. Each of our staff have their own external volunteering commitments as well as often giving of their own time to support the wider SATRO aims outside their direct area of work. We support local businesses as our own suppliers and give our support to local community initiatives.
- Stakeholder Engagement: We work with companies throughout the year supporting their goals for social value, Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We work as an Education - Business partner acting as a facilitator with an understanding of the aims and constraints of both sides. We are a member of the national Association of Education Business Partnerships. In the academic year 2021 - 2022 we engaged 3,998 volunteer hours of support from business and research organisations and are local community. We are engaged in the Surrey Skills Plan launched in the autumn which identifies a number of key areas core to our delivery. We are also a partner in the Skills builder Partnership which works with their Essential Skills Framework with both educators and employers.
- Community: We have worked with companies and schools/colleges in the region for nearly 40 years and connect daily with local communities throughout the county where our staff live. We are based on the Surrey Research Park and members of the Talent Working Group. We are a member of the Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Surrey Youth Focus, Surrey Charities Forum and locally Guildford Youth Practitioners Network. The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey is one of our Patrons and we engage in county wide initiatives including through the office of the High Sheriff, and more widely with the County and local Borough Councils in the region.
- Inequality: We work with students of all ages supporting all abilities and backgrounds including mainstream, alternative provision, pupil referral units and special needs schools. For example our construction programme has on average 80% of the cohort with additional needs or in receipt of pupil premium. We also deliver out in the community with a charitable focus on reducing inequality and exclusion. We have also started a series of events aimed at the vast increase in the number of home-educated children due to anxiety, mental health and exclusion caused by the pandemic.
- Environment: As a charity since 2019 we have integrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into both our delivery to students and our own operations. We also sit on the Surrey Research Park Sustainability Working Group. We have integrated learning about sustainability into our workshops, events and qualifications. This includes the delivery of Sustainability Workshops, an Energy Saving 6-month Challenge for Primary Schools and learning on green energy installation to our construction qualification. In addition, we have moved away from non-recyclable items in our delivery, have drastically cut our office use of paper and consumables, and offer discount on our services where we can implement reduced fuel usage.