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Nomura employees get adventurous to help raise £300,000 for award-winning St Giles project

Nomura and St Giles

An award-winning project that helps young offenders turn their lives around is benefitting from a high-energy corporate partnership.

Staff at Japanese financial holding company Nomura plan to raise £300,000 for the SOS Project run by St Giles Trust. The two-year corporate partnership started in April 2013, and Nomura has already hit the halfway point in its fundraising target.

The company’s staff have enthusiastically thrown themselves into a number of exciting challenges including an ‘adventure triathlon’, which saw forty of them cycle, canoe and run their way to an amazing £47,500 sponsorship total in the Cotswolds.

As well as taking on tricky sponsored tasks, volunteers from Nomura visited the St Giles Trust London headquarters to spruce up the garden and redecorate a dedicated space for careers advice. Staff from Nomura’s HR department also donated their time when they held an all-day skill share, which helped the trust gear up for a recruitment drive.

The SOS Project is London-wide, and aims to help persistent and prolific young offenders break free from crime, particularly gang related crime. Working with young people in prison and the community, the project offers tailored packages of support for each individual to help them realise alternative aspirations away from a life of crime.

With Nomura’s help, St Giles Trust plans to train more than 100 new peer advisors who will support up to 5,000 disadvantaged people in London each year.

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