As part of our Corporate Plan, we've pledged to make a difference in the communities that we work in by allowing staff to spend a day each year volunteering. And since starting the programme in the middle of last year, staff have now donated more than £29,000 to local organisations.
The latest volunteering effort saw our finance team swapping their calculators and spreadsheets for trowels and forks for a day last week. Sixteen members of the team travelled down to Creative Youth Network’s Kingswood Estate for a spot of gardening. The team were trimming hedges, weeding, raking and planting bulbs, as well as picking the odd blackberry or two from the brambles.
Trainee Accountant Sharron Marsh said: “We wanted to do something that was different from our day jobs, that got us out from behind our desks and make a difference in the community. It was hard work, but it went well and we were really pleased with the way it looked at the end of the day.”
Development Accountant Kim Herbert added: “We spent the day de-weeding the whole path, but it looked amazing once we’d finished it.”
As well as the volunteering at Creative Youth Network, staff have been helping out at foodbanks, luncheon clubs and delivering care packages. Our goal is to have donated £50,000 of staff time volunteering with local community organisations by the end of March 2018.