Staff volunteers donate to support BITC's Give and Gain Day

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22 May 2013

On Friday 17th May 2013, and for the third year in a row, teams of GL Hearn business volunteers donated their time for two very different but equally deserving good causes, as part of Business In The Community’s (BITC) Give and Gain Day 2013.

About our Manchester community project:

A large group from GL Hearn’s Manchester office were asked to paint a two bedroom property in South Manchester for a charity who offer the accommodation as a 'safe house' to those needing to get away from an unacceptable home environment. The property was in need of a brighter and fresher colour scheme which was originally painted magnolia throughout.

GL Hearn’s Julie Langton and Victoria Williams took a leading role in organising this day, sourcing paint and other materials. Additional funds were raised through letters to businesses and also Easter games in the GL Hearn office. The additional funds raised were increased by GL Hearn’s fund-matching scheme available to all GL Hearn employees. Primark also very kindly donated a voucher to the cause and therefore the team was able to purchase pictures, mirrors and soft furnishings to make the flat more homely and welcoming.

The day was very labour intensive and involved a lot of painting, drilling and decorating however nothing seemed to dampen the team’s enthusiasm for the project. The transformation of the property from when the GL Hearn team arrived at the start of the day to when the team left at the end was clear for all to see. The current resident was very pleased as well as the charity who manages the property.

About our London community project:
A nursery school in an inner London Borough needed help to create a wildlife haven for the children, many of whom are residents in surrounding council Estates with little or no access to a garden. The main objective was to plant bee and butterfly friendly plants, creating a pond with a child-safe cover for frogs, dragonflies and other wildlife. Re-defining and putting gravel on the path, building raised beds for growing soft fruits and herbs, and levelling ground for a seating area were other key task for the team.

Half a dozen GL Hearn volunteers from the London office were hoping for a dry day as they swapped their suits for less formal attire to assist with the garden makeover project at the school. The team collaborated with another group of volunteers from BSi and divided up tasks to ensure as much as possible was completed for the school on the day. Under the careful direction of a member of staff at the school, the GL Hearn team worked hard all day to complete the key tasks. The result being that the children will be visiting the restored garden for a wildlife afternoon in the coming weeks.

Commenting on the combined efforts of the two teams, Gennie Franklin, Director of Programmes and Employee Volunteering from Business in the community said:

“The work that these two groups completed as part of Give & Gain Day has made a huge difference to the two organisations involved. It’s a difficult time for many community organisations and help from skilled, enthusiastic and energetic volunteers makes an enormous difference. Much of the work done would never have been accomplished, or would have taken a very long time, without the efforts of GL Hearn. I’m really pleased that the teams could join over 12,000 other business volunteers from 300 companies across the country, worth over £1.5 million to UK communities.”

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The work that these two groups completed as part of Give & Gain Day has made a huge difference to the two organisations involved. It’s a difficult time for many community organisations and help from skilled, enthusiastic and energetic volunteers makes an enormous difference
Gennie Franklin
Director of Programmes and Employee Volunteering

Business in the Community

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