Each year, Community Integrated Care welcomes lots of companies, both large and small, who are looking to demonstrate their dedication to developing community partnerships, building a committed workforce and breaking down social barriers.
They do this by taking part in our team volunteering challenges, giving their employees the opportunity to test and build their skills and experience outside of the office environment, whilst doing something worthwhile and enjoyable for their local communities too; improving corporate culture and building job satisfaction along the way.
Benefits of Employee Volunteering
Through team volunteering, your employees can gain and enhance numerous skills, in a positive and rewarding environment, such as project management, communication, teamwork and negotiation.
Already we have formed great partnerships with a range of local and national companies, such as Barclays Banks, Deloitte and Manchester Airport, whose staff have taken part in challenging, but enjoyable and cost-effective volunteer experiences. Your company can enjoy all the benefits of a traditional team building day, whilst making a difference to our charity.
Just a few of the types of projects we can offer:-
- Build a sensory garden for one of our senior care homes.
- Organise a special event for our service users.
- Transform one of our services by painting and decorating.
- Create a reminiscence room in one of our senior care homes.
- Help refurbish relaxation areas in our homelessness projects.
- Ready to take up the challenge and volunteer with us? Completing our volunteer application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Still not sure whether volunteering is right for you? By completing our volunteer questionnaire and emailing it to email@example.com, we’ll get back in touch and discuss some potential volunteering opportunities for you.
- Still got a question about volunteering? Read our FAQs to see if these help. If not, you can always Contact Us.
The team, who were led by one of the airport’s HR Manager’s, Ian Parkinson-Atherton, helped put the finishing touches to the home’s communal gardens by painting their large picket fence, a job so big that they are returning for a second day to finish it!
Ian says: “We are lucky at Manchester Airport in that we all get the opportunity to volunteer for up to two days each year. It’s up to us how we spend our time, but as a department we do usually try to volunteer as a team; we find that not only do we get more done in a short space of time, but it’s also a great boost for team morale!”
Helen McNabb, the Airport’s Community Relations Co-ordinator adds: “People often ask me why we have this volunteer policy in place and the answer is simple: not only does it give a large organisation like ours the chance to demonstrate our genuine commitment to supporting our local community, but it also helps promote and encourage better teamwork, learning and self-development for the people who take part.”
“Every year 50,000 staff from Barclays get the chance to take part in community fundraising and volunteering projects,” explains Barclays IT Manager and Project Team Leader, Leanne Dow. “Each team choose their own cause, but the aim is always to help out on a project which will make a real and lasting difference.”
“We thought long and hard about what we could do to make our mark on St Stephens and came up with the idea of creating a reminiscence room for residents to relax in with family and friends,” she continues. “So, armed with rolls of vintage-style wallpapers, antique furniture, a sewing machine and lots of lovely fabrics, we set about transforming an ordinary sitting room into a step back in time!”
The results of the team’s hard work are truly amazing, delighting residents and staff alike: “The work the Barclays team have done for us is terrific and everyone at St Stephens is so thrilled with it,” says Home Manager, Cindy Southhall. “Residents now use the new room to sit with family and friends, listening to the radio or just having a cup of tea. As well as being a real talking point, all the old fashioned memorabilia is really comforting to residents, stirring fond memories of years gone by.”