More than 50 employee volunteers from across the AF Blakemore estate have made a positive difference to their communities as part of Business in the Community’s national day of volunteering (15 May).
Volunteers from AF Blakemore’s Spar Retail, Logistics, Wholesale and Trade Partners divisions took part in a variety of community volunteering events alongside hundreds of businesses across the UK in support of Give & Gain Day 2015.
Give & Gain Day 2015 is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering and is coordinated by Business in the Community – the business-led charity that stands for responsible business. Give & Gain Day is a celebration of the power and potential of employee volunteering to make a difference in local communities.
A team of 25 volunteers from Blakemore Retail Spar stores across the North West of England and North Wales worked in conjunction with Groundwork North Wales at Taynfon Environmental Education Centre & Nature Reserve in Wrexham. The team helped to re-stain wood clad buildings, paint wood murals around the classrooms, maintain footpaths to improve access to the nature reserve and cut back vegetation.
Following on from this, staff members from Blakemore Wholesale in Gateshead and Killingworth worked with Groundwork North East at a nature reserve in Monkton to assist with repairing bird hides, creating wildflower meadows, building picnic benches and creating footpaths.
In addition, employee volunteers from Blakemore Trade Partners sales team carried out a regeneration project at the Miners Welfare Institute, Maesteg in South Wales. The team of ten volunteers gave the Concert Hall a face lift by tidying and painting the large stage area.
Finally, employees from Blakemore Logistics ran the annual Junior Football Competition at Tipton Sports Academy where teams of pupils from seven Black Country schools battled it out for the Blakemore junior cup.
Community affairs officer, Liz Bell, said: “I am delighted that AF Blakemore is once again involved in Give & Gain Day this year. As a business with strong links in the local community, it is great for our employees to get out of their normal work environment and work as a team. I believe that volunteering in the community is a fantastic way for our employees to learn new skills that they can take back to the workplace.”