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As part of our commitment to making a positive difference, all our employees are given two days each year to get out of the office and volunteer for a good cause. A large variety of tasks are carried out, from clearing canals to sprucing-up scout lodges. All have one thing in common – donating time in order to help charities and communities. Take a look at some examples of how we’ve supported deserving causes over the past few months.
Hop, Skip Jump
Some of our employees volunteered at the ‘Hop, Skip and Jump’ day centre in Swindon, which helps children with life-limiting conditions. Our people spent the day painting, decorating and helping to clean various rooms.
One volunteer said: “The staff there are over the moon with the work and they said that the kids had noticed the difference in the rooms. Some of the children are severely disabled, so according to the staff for them to notice is a huge thing! I am really pleased that Arval allow us to do things like this, the Centre is a fantastic place with amazing people running it and it is so nice to be able to help out people who really need it. I know this won’t be the last they see of Arval or me!”
The Finance team spent the day at the Prospect Hospice’s distribution centre. After sorting stock, they managed to pack 100 bags ready for distribution. A team from our Corporate Sales division also volunteered at The Prospect Hospice, tidying their bluebell garden.
The Sales team helped to clear an overgrown area of canal near Shrivenham on the Wiltshire/ Oxfordshire border. The goal? To create a nice area for the community and allow access to Wilts and Berks Canal Trust barges. The team chose this charity as they felt it was something they could all support. They appreciated doing an outdoor, physical activity and, despite aching the day after, all said they would definitely do it again.
Our employees tidied-up the preschool gardens, repainted some fencing and did a lot of weeding! Not content with all that, they also got round to repainting the floor of the outdoor classroom.
Toothill Scouts Lodge
The marketing team painted the inside of the Scout hut, which is used by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts within West Swindon. They also painted some outdoor areas and carried out general maintenance, including hanging a cupboard door, cleaning and taking down notice boards.
A few days after the work was completed, we received the following from the Toothill Scout leader.
On behalf of the leaders and children of 1st West Swindon Scout Group I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the team of volunteers that painted our Scout HQ yesterday. They have done a great job and the building looks fantastic.
We have 7 sections with young people ranging from 6 through to 18 years of age meeting across the 5 weekday nights, then with activities happening during the weekends, and carrying out full time jobs and family life, our volunteer team of leaders and executive committee find it difficult to make time to do things like maintaining and painting our Scout HQ, so your team of volunteers were invaluable to us.
Please pass on our thanks to your team.
Group Scout Leader
Two teams have spent time volunteering at Whitbourne House care home. The first spent their day painting walls that were in desperate need of a fresh look.
Then, the second team helped deliver the festive spirit by putting up five Christmas trees and assorted decorations. They also worked with residents to make Christmas cards, as well as chatting and painting some of their nails in a special Arval pop-up beauty salon.