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Amazon works with literacy charity Beanstalk
We're delighted to be working with Beanstalk, the fantastic national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading.
In the last school year the charity helped approximately 10,000 children across England, in almost 1,400 schools, with the help of over 2,900 reading helpers, ensuring children have the skills and confidence to reach their true potential.
We're devising and delivering a media relations campaign to support recruitment of Beanstalk volunteer reading helpers across the charity's eight regions.
Beanstalk's director of marketing and comms, Steve Hawe, says:
"The start of the autumn school term is a key moment for highlighting the need for improved literacy and for reaching out to potential volunteers. We're very much looking forward to working with Amazon to encourage more people to come forward for this highly rewarding volunteering opportunity that changes children's lives."
Amazon continues to support Holocaust Memorial Day
We are delighted to announce that we are continuing our work with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the organisation responsible for marking Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, following a competitive pitch.
The national commemoration is held each year on 27 January to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The theme for 2017 is 'How can life go on?' and we look forward to exploring the question with survivors and their families as part of an engaging media campaign.
Chief Executive of the Trust, Olivia Marks-Woldman, said: "We're delighted to be working with Amazon PR once again. With their assistance over the past three years we have hugely increased the quantity and quality of media coverage for Holocaust Memorial Day.
"We look forward to ensuring that the theme for HMD 2017 is highlighted by the media next January."
Amazon appointed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
We've just been appointed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to work alongside their new Director of Strategic Communications, Kim Catcheside, on a thought leadership programme.
The College represents over 15,000 psychiatrists in the UK and internationally, setting standards, supporting professionals, and working with patients, carers and other organisations interested in delivering high quality mental health services.
We are developing and delivering media campaigns for key individuals within the College on issues such as forensic psychiatry, access to services, support for children and young adults, as well as issues affecting the profession.
Amazon working with NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure
We have just been appointed by the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI), to provide media advice and press office support.
The year-long contract was won after a competitive pitch, with work beginning immediately on strategy development and planning, to inform an ongoing media programme.
NOCRI is a team within the National Institute for Health Research - the research arm of the NHS. Its role is to simplify access to the UK's clinical research infrastructure, improving the quality, efficiency and success of transitional research.
Ellie Gadd, Comms Manager, said: 'We were very impressed with Amazon's ideas and enthusiasm, and the team's grasp of the complexities that our organisation faces. We are very much looking forward to working together.'
Pregnant women in prison
The Amazon team is working with Birth Companions - a charity supporting pregnant women and new mothers in prison - to launch new guidance for Government and the Prison Service in dealing with this vulnerable group.
Around 600 pregnant women are held in prisons in England and Wales each year, and some 100 babies are born to women prisoners, yet despite legislation protecting their health and well-being, many do not get the care and support they're entitled to.
We'll be providing strategic support and media relations to highlight the issues and launch the guidance to professional and mainstream audiences across the coming months.