Having a sense of community is really important, feeling like you belong and you are a part of a community makes people feel safe.
We feel we have a responsibility to do what we can, to offer a platform to give residents the opportunity to mix with others. Our annual on-site events have included wood-fired pizza oven nights, a branded ice cream van dash throughout summer, Easter Egg hunts and visits from Santa, his elves and reindeer at Christmas.
Every year Sigma supports local schools, sports clubs and charities to help the areas to flourish.
Sigma continually helps local primary schools by giving donations between £2,000-£8,000 on a project of their choice. Projects have included new school libraries, all-school theatre trips, playground equipment and regeneration and IT equipment.
Daniel Gauld, Head Teacher at River View Primary School, said: “We’re really grateful for the second donation from Sigma. Nature and being outdoors is brilliant for the children’s mental health and wellbeing and the new pond area is brilliant.
“The outdoor greenhouse built from the first donation allows us to associate reading time within playtime and has made a huge difference to the school.”
Ian Mason, Head Teacher at Mills Hill Primary School, comments: “The childrens’ daily walks around the playground eventually developed into them running three times a week and it’s brilliant to see that fitness levels have improved.
“We encourage our children to be both active physically and to be creative with their environment. The much-needed money from Sigma has transformed our playground and facilities and allowed our pupils to reap the benefits of keeping fit.”
Mrs Joanne Cupitt, Librarian at St Theresa’s School, said: “The donation has been used to buy plenty of new books for all of the children, which is proving very popular. There is also a sensory roof, reading pods and a fantastic den and mezzanine area, which is being used creatively to replicate different parts of popular books, for example, at the moment it is taking the form of a magical castle. The money has also funded a barcode scanning and checking in system which is used to track the books.”
Lulyana, one of the pupil librarians, said: “the library is my favourite place to be in school.”
Simple Life was proud to be the main sponsor for the Sale Colts (under 18s) Rugby Club for the third year running, with our sponsorship continuing to help the club to fund its team kit.
Our support also contributes towards their Rugby in schools scheme, which aims to get more pupils, in particular, female students into playing Rugby.
As a company we support staff by funding new qualifications from RICS Chartered Surveyor Qualifications, to Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and CIM (marketing) Diplomas.
We continually look to build good relationships between all Sigma offices and employees, by having bi-annual all-company social events and activities. We also have an annual Sigma staff magazine which reveals winners of our annual staff recognition awards.
We also look out for our staff with perks such as Well Boxes full of healthy snacks and treats through lockdown in 2020. We continually look at new initiatives to keep our staff healthy and happy.