I became involved with the HOSTS network through my work as a Social Investment Manager at Nationwide Building Society. Our new strategy focuses on housing and how we can make a difference in our local communities to tackle the issues relating to housing.
South Marston Parish Council were delighted to receive some help from employee volunteers this September. A team of 8 keen and enthusiastic Nationwide employees spent the day performing some crucial maintenance at St Julian’s Community Wood in South Marston.
STAFF at Nationwide have been getting their hands dirty for a good cause as part of their community outreach programme. A team of around a dozen building society employees spent a day at St Mary’s Church, Lydiard, helping with the historic church’s ambitious renovation scheme
Lots of small community groups are run by local volunteers who just simply don’t have the time or resources to undertake bigger pieces of work. This is where teams of employee volunteers can really help out by providing much needed people-power to help these groups get things done. Just one such project was the external […]
On a cold November day (two days in fact), 7 volunteers from Arval turned up to help local community group, Swindon Walcot and Parks Community Group, clear an area of ground near Buckhurst Park Community Centre to create a wildlife area that would benefit local residents. The volunteers also got stuck in with some physical […]
At the end of 2015, Involve Swindon was contacted by representatives from Nationwide’s Information Management division. They were interested in understanding more about skilled volunteering and how local charities could make use of the specialist knowledge that they had within their team. The skill sets they had access to were quite varied ranging from the […]
Eleven volunteers from RWE NPower spent a day at Lydiard Park Academy tidying up, painting and cutting back vegetation. The team used the day as a team-building event as well as helping in the community.
We carried out our volunteering day on Wednesday 14th Oct 2015 at Coate Water Park. We were met by Linda, one of the rangers who was very welcoming and talked us through our activities of the day. We were tasked with clearing away large branches which had been cut down or fallen and then creating […]
Volunteers from Nationwide’s Compliance and Risk Programme (FC&R Portfolio) got stuck in building a board walk around the side of the hill at Kings Farm Wood, Wroughton is Sept 2015. Supervised by the WWT, who are joint owners of the area linking Clouts Wood and Markham Banks nature reserves, the team cut turf, sawed and hammered […]
Local employee volunteers from socially responsible business Nationwide Building Society got stuck in at the Guides Activity Centre in Macaroni Woods to help clear their outside space:
Three groups of employee volunteers from Nationwide have been helping Wroughton Youth Adventure Charity tidy up their garden ready for a packed summer of activities. One team cleared the gutters, painted some of the benches and tables, weeded around the house and cleared the wood area from fallen branches. They had a fire all day, and […]
My name is Sophie and I work for Nationwide in the Executive Recruitment team. A few weeks ago our team decided we wanted to use some of our 14 hours volunteering time offered by Nationwide to give back to our local community, and we were keen to use our specific recruitment skills to help. We […]
A team of around 25 people from Nationwide spent a day helping South Marston Parish Council improve an overgrown area of woodland to make it more accessible. With support from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust who provided the project supervisors and tools, the team managed to complete all the tasks they were set.
Swindon Marriott’s HR Manager and colleagues delivered two workshops for local charities on common HR issues such as developing policies and creating employment contracts. Representatives from 9 local charities attended the two bite-size sessions to learn from the professionals, ask questions and network with each other. It’s a great opportunity for people who may never […]
10 skilled volunteers from Nationwide’s IT department delivered a workshop on cloud computing for 9 local charities in Swindon. After a short presentation that de-mystified cloud computing, the volunteers & charity reps sat down one to one to talk about the specific needs of each charity and how cloud computing could work for them. Feedback […]