Community is incredibly important to Barker and the business is proud to be part of many community initiatives:
Barker is a lead sponsor at Bournemouth Rugby Club, helping it to grow its community of supporters and partners. The Club shares the Barker Group values of integrity and respect – a game that brings the community together from all walks of life. The business’ support also helps the club reach out to schools and communities, where rugby might otherwise be missed.
Barker have shown support for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. In 2021, the business purchased 3,000 seed packets to join in the hospice’s ‘Grow Some Sunshine’ campaign to give to the business’s private laundry customers. Vendee Globe Racer Pip Hare – We were extremely honoured to have supported Pip Hare in her solo around the world yacht challenge, which she completed in 2021. Pip is currently preparing for the 2023 Vendee Globe Race.
MD Matthew Barker set up MYTIME Young Carers’ Charity in 2014. MYTIME work with local schools to identify and support Young Carers with a program that is growing and will eventually help young people across the country. The charity also provide invaluable respite care and breaks for young carers (age 5 – 18) and their families as well as activities in school holidays. The visits that the charity facilitate allow carers to take time out, have some much- needed fun and often forge long lasting friendships with other carers. Matthew was made a life- long President of the charity in 2021.