EPE in the Community
EPE believes in sharing its expertise to support the development of not-for-profit organisations and enable them to become more effective and sustainable.
Through our work with Pilotlight we have given our time to a number of charities over the years. More recently we have embarked on a multi-year partnership with The Reader Organisation; investing our time, organisation and profits behind the ambitions of this exciting Liverpool-based social enterprise.
Pilotlight matches business leaders with charities and social enterprises seeking to increase their impact and deliver more efficient services. Pilotlight mentors come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and offer targeted strategic support to charities with the aim of helping them become more sustainable and effective. Since its inception in 1996, Pilotlight has recruited over 1,000 business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches for over 500 charitable organisations tackling disadvantage in the UK. Please see the Pilotlight website for further information.
The Reader Organisation
Founded in 1997, The Reader Organisation (“TRO”) is a charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. In bringing individuals together on a regular basis across a variety of settings – including mental health wards, prisons and care homes – TRO fosters personal connections and a greater sense of community. The cognitive stimulation, social interaction and meaningful engagement offered in each session has a significant impact upon participants, with 62% of individuals reporting improved mental well-being following a session. At present, the charity delivers over 300 Shared Reading groups across the UK each week. Please see The Reader Organisation website for further information.
In 2017 EPE was a proud sponsor of Doctors Adrift, a 3,600 mile row across the Indian Ocean undertaken by junior doctors Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières. Médecins Sans Frontières is a global medical charity which provides much needed emergency medical care in areas affected by conflict, epidemics or natural disasters. Both doctors completed the row from Australia to Mauritius in a world-record breaking time of 56 days, 23 hours and 45 minutes. This phenomenal performance beat the existing record by over 28 days. Please see the Doctors Adrift website for further information.