My work team recently participated in our organization’s yearly Southwark community volunteering summer challenge at a primary school called Redriff Primary School in Surrey Quays. The volunteer day was organised by our Corporate Social Responsibility department in conjunction with Involve. Involve is an organization that helps their corporate partners to make the biggest possible impact for charities and community organisations in and around Southwark. They work with organisations making a real difference in the local community, assess the impact a corporate team could have, and offer their corporate partners a choice of active or skills-based team volunteering days. You’ll be surprised at the impact a single volunteering day can have on employees, the organization and the local community.
Corporate volunteering could benefit an organization by:
-Boosting employee morale and motivation
-Promoting employee retention
-Offering an opportunity for team building
-Contributing to professional and personal development.
Aside from the fact that I do love to volunteer, it was such an emotional experience for me because I used to live very close to the chosen school before I got married and I haven’t been back there in 6 years. Redriff Primary School is located near Canada Water serving the local community for one hundred years and they required assistance with revitalising their existing garden space and creating new wildlife habitats.
Below is a brief summary of the tasks undertaken by our team of 28:
- Re-barking garden areas
- Re-turfing areas of grass
- Planting wild flowers, bushes and plants
Creating composting bays
Repairing raised beds
Creating new, repairing and rebuilding existing wildlife habitats
Staining wooden fencing
We also had the opportunity to speak to some of the pupils during their play time which was a bonus.
Volunteering empowers you to shape the community you live in.
This letter to our team from the pupils is so cute!
It was an absolutely fabulous day, we really enjoyed being able to engage with the pupils during the play time! Its always good to get out of the office and volunteer and be able to see our efforts and making a difference in children’s lives. It’s hard work but very rewarding, I was aching slightly the next day but I really loved it.
Do volunteers make a difference? Without hesitation, I would say yes.
Have you volunteered previously? Would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!
Thank you for reading x