Working for Society

How we help

We believe that young people in our society sometimes need a helping hand in order to fully understand what will be required of them when they leave school, college or university and enter the workplace.  

Our aim is to use our contacts, knowledge and experience of what businesses and organisations need and want, to help local young people aspire to be the best they can be, in preparation for the world of work.

Helen Bennett has been a volunteer business mentor for The Princes Trust since 1996 helping young people set up business on their own.  She has also worked with Saffron Walden County High School, Sawston Village College, Presdales and Swavesey Village College over the past 7yrs giving annual presentations to 350 students at a time, on how to write a winning CV.  In addition she has helped numerous students on business studies modules and given mock interviews to students leaving the school in 6th form in preparation for working life.  She has also used Belbin reports to assist many young people in making a decision about their career path.

In 2016, as part of the 50 year celebrations of Churchill, in conjunction with Churchill College, Cambridge, Helen volunteered to give a lecture on the first “Churchill Young Leaders Programme” for a group of 24 young people aged between 19yrs and 25yrs with the ambition and potential to become a leader in today’s world.

APRIL 2017 NEWS:

On Monday 27th March at The Moller Centre in Cambridge, eight lucky 15 year old students from Swavesey Village College enjoyed a three course private dinner, whilst having the opportunity to network with a group of senior leaders from a range of organisations and industries.

The event is Helen Bennett’s brainchild, to help students, who deserve an opportunity to benefit from the experience of top business men and women.

The business leaders include some of Cambridge’s most respected; Dr Ros Edwards and Dr Uday Phadke of Cartezia amongst others. The Swavesey Village College students were selected by teachers at the school and have had two hours of compulsory training, run by Helen herself. The session included crucial interpersonal skills, plus other life skills such as dressing appropriately for business, positive body language and shaking hands properly.

Helen says “There’s a lack of support and practical lessons for youngsters about life in business, etiquette, personal grooming, networking and most importantly, developing interpersonal skills. Schools are struggling to find time to deliver any extra subjects besides the core curriculum, so I’ve made it my mission to bring these life skills to the very people who need it most. Top private schools hold similar events, but in my view, it’s the state school pupils who are likely to need it more.”

The “Bennett’s Business Bash” event was a tremendous success with all the students receiving a certificate.  Three additional special awards were also given out.  Ben Kennedy won Best Dressed, Harry Peterson won Best Prepared and Robert Owen Smith Stewart won the coveted Best Interpersonal Skills award.  They were presented by Dr Ros Edwards.

All the leaders commented on how impressed they were with the students’ ability to make good conversation and leave a good impression of themselves.

The students said they enjoyed the fabulous food, the sophisticated environment and most importantly the opportunity they had been given to meet such an esteemed group of leaders in their field.

Even the staff who worked on the event at The Moller Centre only had good things to say about it. The food and beverage team Lewis, Bethany and Liam said "To say it was a pleasure to have this group of young people with us here at The Moller Centre was a huge understatement!  We were highly impressed with the way that the students conducted themselves and how smartly dressed they were.  It was very rewarding for us to be part of an event like this; we really felt like we had put something back into the community.  We were impressed with their manners and confidence when we spoke to them after dinner...."

Helen said “after a challenging day, when a few of students dropped out and replacements had to be found at short notice, the evening went really well.  I was very proud of the way the students rose to the challenge and came out of their comfort zone, some of whom I had not been able to train or prepare in the session held at the school a few weeks ago. I am so glad that the students felt they had benefitted from this wonderful experience”

MARCH 2017 NEWS:

Helen has just created and organised an event called  ‘Bennett's Business Bash’ which will be happening on Monday 27th March at 6.30pm at The Møller Centre inCambridge.

The inaugural event is bringing together 11 senior business leaders and 11 students from Swavesey Village College for networking and a formal three course dinner, in a world-class business environment.

The event is Helen’s brainchild, to help 15 year old students, who deserve an opportunity to benefit from the experience of top business men and women.

Helen says “There’s a lack of support and practical lessons for youngsters about life in business, etiquette, personal grooming, networking and most importantly, developing interpersonal skills. Schools are struggling to find time to deliver any extra subjects besides the core curriculum, so I’ve made it my mission to bring these life skills to the very people who need it most. Top private schools hold similar events, but in my view, it’s the state school pupils who are likely to need it more.”

The business leaders include some of Cambridge’s most respected; Dr Ros Edwards and Dr Uday Phadke of Cartezia amongst others. The Swavesey Village College students were selected by teachers at the school and have had two hours of compulsory training, run by Helen herself. The session included crucial interpersonal skills, plus other life skills such as dressing appropriately for business, positive body language and shaking hands properly.

John Hutchinson, Director of Careers and Industrial Relations at the school said “It’s a really great opportunity Helen is offering the students ….I was really impressed with how well the pupils responded to the training… the feedback was very positive. They are really excited about the evening.” 

Helen added “I have such a passion for making sure young people get all the help they can when it comes to their life choices and ambitions. I want these teenagers to realise University is not the only option, and by teaching them such essential ‘real-life’ skills, I am hoping I can give them the head-start and drive they need. I have noticed a striking decline in the art of face-to-face conversation amongst younger generations because of technology, so the ‘Bennett’s Business Bash’ aims to help bring these levels back up in a positive way.”