GL Hearn staff join national day celebrating the power of volunteering

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15 May 2015

More than 15,000 business volunteers, across 91 businesses, giving more than 105,000 hours volunteering, worth over £1,893,545, helping hundreds of thousands of people across UK communities.

Today (15 May 2015), over 60 GL Hearn employees across the UK are getting out into their communities, volunteering their time to help community groups, schools and local charities. They will be taking part in Give & Gain Day, the only global day of employee volunteering, organised by Business in the Community.

Give & Gain Day is a global celebration of the power and potential of employee volunteering. It sees thousands of people across the globe spend a working day volunteering for good causes in their local community. Since 2008, over 110,000 people in 38 countries around the world have taken part.

More than 90 companies are helping 144 community organisations in the UK this year. In total, the value of time donated by volunteers across the UK on Give & Gain Day will be £1,893,545 – an invaluable investment for communities. A range of organisations, from schools, community projects and environmental groups are set to benefit from the time, expertise and skills of GL Hearn’s volunteers taking part in today’s initiative.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said: “Give & Gain Day is an opportunity for businesses, community organisations and schools to celebrate what can be achieved through the power of volunteers. Employee volunteering is a win-win; the experience builds skills and motivates employees, whilst helping to meet community needs.”

GL Hearn’s volunteers will be working across several different regions in the UK. In Cheltenham, 15 GL Hearn volunteers will be supporting County Community Projects (CCP), a local community group that focuses on helping families and young people from all backgrounds, especially those with complex needs. In addition to working on the organisation’s allotment, GL Hearn’s volunteers will take charge of wood staining and some general DIY on some of CCP’s outbuildings.

Meanwhile, in Bristol, eight GL Hearn volunteers will be helping to restore Blaise Castle to its former glory with some painting, and litter collection. The volunteers will paint the railings around the children’s playground and across the estate, paint signage, bins and any other areas required on the day.

GL Hearn’s Manchester office will be supporting a local environmental project, the Hulme Community Garden Centre (HCGC), with some weeding, planting and laying wood chipping. The HCGC arose from a scrubby wasteland and, more recently, a disused car-park, but today offers environment expertise for other local environmental projects in order to skill others and make their projects sustainable. As a not-for–profit organization, any profits gained from sales are driven back into the project in a constant effort to improve the services they offer the local and greater community.

GL Hearn’s London office will be taking a team of 15 volunteers to Oakland’s Secondary School in Bethnal Green to help in the school gardens, which provide a relaxing learning environment for the staff and students. This will involve the creation of a new garden area for the school’s special needs classes, as well as improving and maintaining its existing roof gardens.

In addition, meeting rooms in the London office were made available to Business in the Community during March and April for the Give & Gain Team Leader briefing sessions for all the London-based team Leaders.

Brian Sloggett, Managing Director at GL Hearn said: “Give & Gain Day has grown to become one of the highlights in our business calendar. Our local community organisations and schools continue to benefit from the time given by GL Hearn’s business volunteers and we continue to gain from a day which brings our teams together in a different way and for a good cause.”

Sponsored by Waitrose and in association with BT, Give & Gain Day 2015 is dedicated to getting thousands of employees out of the office, store or factory to volunteer in their local communities. By making volunteering fun, accessible and inspirational Business in the Community aims to make it something that all businesses give their staff an opportunity to do in work time.”

www.giveandgainday.org.uk

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Give & Gain Day has grown to become one of the highlights in our business calendar. Our local community organisations and schools continue to benefit from the time given by GL Hearn’s business volunteers and we continue to gain from a day which brings our teams together in a different way and for a good cause
Brian Slogett
Managing Director

GL Hearn

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