We work with several organisations to offer their employees opportunities to volunteer within our centres. There are both group and individual opportunities available.

Travis Perkins

Man using small digging machine and four other people gardeningPocklington Place in Northfield, Birmingham was approached by the local volunteer centre regarding potential employer-supported volunteering opportunities. One of these opportunities was with the Stirchley branch of Travis Perkins who were looking for a project to improve relations with their local community.

A team of eight employees designed and installed a sensory garden and seating area within the communal gardens at Pocklington Place. Volunteers and service users from the centre also got involved and assisted the group with planting, suggestions and endless cups of tea!

Flowers and vegetables are currently being grown in the Sensory Garden bringing pleasure to service users and visitors of the centre.

BSkyB

Group of men gardeningSeveral teams of Sky employees have spent time at centres in the Midlands.

At the Wolverhampton centre, a team of six employees spent the day improving the garden. They set about creating a small area where the green-fingered residents of the trust could plant, grow and tender flowers and plants – and get some enjoyment out of a specific area within the grounds.

‘All we did was provide the manpower which was the very least we could have done – giving our time was the smallest gesture we could have made. As a group we thoroughly enjoyed our day and would not hesitate to offer our help for such a worthy cause, we felt proud and privileged to have been involved in this project’.
Adam Smith, Team Manager

A team of 20 employees from Sky’s supply chain spent a day clearing an area of wasteland in the first stage of the creation of a sensory garden. The team were also supported by staff from Dudley Borough Council. The volunteers cleared rubbish, brambles and shrubs from the area so that it is ready for the second phase of the garden.

‘It’s an opportunity for us to come and make a difference to a charity that’s users will benefit from what we have done today. We would love to be invited back and continue the relationship with this centre’.

Neil Brookes, Field Director, Supply Chain

Below is a video from the day: