A team from Arval recently took part in a day of volunteering, kindly giving their time and effort to Prospect Hospice by helping to sort stock at their central distribution centre in Wroughton. Items are sorted there that have been donated to them to sell in their 17 shops, and it’s one of the areas that has […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Staff from local hotel, Swindon Marriott, have been helping Swindon Sea Cadets get ready for a unit inspection by helping to clear their compound and clean the unit inside and out.
About 40 volunteers from Nationwide distributed leaflets and signed up possible participants for this Autumn’s SMASH DASH. Between them they got rid of something like 4000 leaflets and signed up 25 teams and individuals on the day.
Spring clean for our gardens On Wednesday 2 April, 7 ladies from Jobcentre Plus spent the day sprucing up the gardens at 2 of our Children’s Centre, ready for Spring planting. They spent the morning at Robert Le Kyng digging over beds which had been covered for winter, and weeding those beds where weeds had […]
Enrych Swindon – I wasn’t sure what I could contribute to Enrych, a charity which enables people with disabilities to enjoy a social life, but I met the other trustees and found my worries were unfounded. Charities need a business perspective when setting strategy and for particular areas of expertise eg HR, IT, social media. […]
I was looking for a volunteer role within a time commitment I could manage. Joining local youth charity Inner Flame as a trustee suits me – it only takes one evening per month. Although I’ve only just started my career at Nationwide, I have found I already have business skills to contribute. I’ve encouraged better […]
Staff from the night/evening shift at Nationwide’s contact centre wanted to complete a challenge in their usual shift slot of 6pm and 6am. Mental health charity Rethink were delighted for them to redecorate the Activities Room in their Old Town care home, even at night. And were grateful that the team also secured donations of […]
Social Return on Investment Advising a local charity on social return on investment, I found that what, to me, was my bread and butter was, to them, revolutionary. By the end, I had the personal satisfaction of knowing that the senior staff at the charity had a set of tools embedded in their organisation which […]
Marketing Advice “Asked to help local youth mentoring charity SMASH with their marketing, I didn’t want to do the task for them. I wanted to give them guidance and share my skills with the staff and volunteers so that they could improve their own marketing. I found my involvement really fulfilling. I was only 2 […]