Strobia Creative commits to charity business initiative
A CREATIVE design company based in Hampshire has committed to giving back to its community by signing up for a charity’s new business partnership initiative (June 2022).
Strobia Creative will be donating 5% of all its sales via Work for Good to Communicare, which helps vulnerable and isolated people in Southampton.
Louis Edoo, who started and runs Strobia Creative in Sway in the New Forest, said: “I recently met Nick Thomas from Communicare at a business event and what he told me about the charity and the work it does really resonated with me.
“Throughout the pandemic, I was doing some other charitable work in the local community, and it has really pushed me to help out more where I can, so when Nick told me about the initiative with Work for Good, I was happy to donate to such a worthy cause. It’s a fascinating venture and I’m looking forward to what the future holds and how I can help out further.
“I hope my donation will go a long way towards helping the charity and the work it does in the community.”
Strobia Creative specialises in 2D graphics, 3D design and visualisation, photo, video and audio.
Louis developed an interest in design through studying his GCSEs and envisaged Hyperspeed Industries to be a product design company solving real-world problems for products, spaces and buildings. He started freelancing in 1998, undertaking professional graphic design and photographic jobs while studying and operating under the original ‘Spline Design’.
Denying a full-time graphics job offered while on a GCSE work experience placement, he went on instead to study A-levels in Design, Art, Maths and Physics, progressing on with further education with Art & Design Foundation at Middlesex University, then to higher education with a Product Design BA at Bournemouth University, changing after a year to graduate with Honours in 2001 with Integrated 3D Design BA at Arts University Bournemouth.
Louis has worked full-time and contractually within many designs, print and marketing companies/agencies since graduating, but continued to additionally freelance when long-standing clients contacted him, giving him the creative freedom he sometimes enjoys.
Louis added: “In 2019, ‘Strobia’ was born after I left full-time employment. The conceptual name ‘Strobia' encapsulated a life of creative work within dance, both professional and community projects, photography, video as well as passionately striving for creative and corporate graphic design but to also include interior, architecture-related, as well as a core of product design solutions.”
Today Strobia operates from its new studio within the SpudWorks buildings in the s New Forest village of Sway.
Communicare Development Officer, Nick Thomas, said: “We are thrilled to have Louis and Strobia Creative sign up for our new initiative. Having got to know Louis, he is a man with strong values similar to Communicare’s so I am so encouraged by his desire to make a positive difference.”
“Louis’ generous donations will really help fund the wonderful work we do and will benefit the vulnerable and isolated people of Southampton.”
Any Southampton-based companies interested in creating bespoke fundraising opportunities that are mutually beneficial should get in touch with Nick at Communicare on 07874 868 241 or email email@example.com.
He added: “We will promote those we partner with through our social media pages, website, e-newsletter and PR activity, giving them a potentially greater reach and also helping raise awareness of their brand to a new audience and market for them.
“Businesses that work with us will have improved visibility, as people notice when you give back to the community. They will also experience positive marketing – associating their venture with a good cause will help customers see a brand in a positive light, in contrast to competitors who may be focusing on maximising profits. The relationship should also assist with long-term customer loyalty – customers feel good buying from a company that cares and are, therefore, more likely to return and advocate on behalf of that business too.
“Finally, it will help boost profits, because supporting a community encourages people to see a firm as an integral part of that neighbourhood, and therefore back the enterprise too.”
Communicare, which is a friendly, neighbourhood charity, provides services that enrich the lives of lonely and isolated people in and around Southampton.
Its services are staffed by its devoted volunteers, known as Communiteers, who give their time freely.
The charity is currently supporting around 600 individuals/families through tasks including one-to-one telephone befriending and transport for essential appointments and assistance with shopping.
Communicare assists with trips to lunch clubs, social events and activities to help beat isolation and loneliness too.
The services Communicare provides are free to users, although beneficiaries are invited to make a donation if they are able to, and Communiteers are offered expenses.
To find out more about Communicare, please visit www.communicareinsouthampton.org.uk or call 023 8250 0050.