We strive to have a positive impact on society and in the communities in which we work.
We engage with the community in a number of ways including:
- Organising and hosting STEM events (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) events and Science Camps each year to inspire young scientists of the future;
- Making our head office building available for charities and community groups;
- Organising public open days of our head office;
- Engaging community and charity groups as part of the 'Get ready for winter' campaign.
We also have a role in the broader global community through our work with the World Meteorological Organization and our involvement in the Voluntary Cooperation Programme. Operational, research and academic partnerships bring huge benefits to our science and services - and, ultimately, to the people they support.
Our corporate charity
Marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage has been chosen by the Met Office as our official partner charity for the next three years.
We choose a new official charity to support every three years. Hundreds of our staff voted, and Surfers Against Sewage – based like the Met Office in the South West – was selected. Surfers Against Sewage replaces RNLI, the lifeboat charity, for whom Met Office staff raised over £27,000 during the last three years.
Surfers Against Sewage campaigns against environmental pollution, and its current focus is on reducing and removing single-use plastic waste from the ocean environment. Its programmes support:
- 175 Regional Reps across the UK campaigning on marine conservation issues
- More than 370 Plastic Free Communities across the UK
- More than 270 Plastic Free Schools with pupil-led programmes
- Campaigns such as Plastic Free Parliament with MPs
- Mobilising more than 70,000 volunteers at 1500 beach and river cleans across the UK
Recent campaign successes for Surfers Against Sewage include the introduction of the charge for single-use plastic bags, the achievement of Plastic Free Parliament and the Government’s commitment to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme to capture plastic bottles and cans.