Not only do we help individuals get into volunteering, we also work with businesses in Barnsley to give something back to charities too. This is called Employer Supported Volunteering, as the employer allows their staff out during work hours to undertake tasks in the community.
This is the story of one of our recent Employer Supported Volunteering tasks for Station House in the Dearne.
Station House has been supporting children and their families from the heart of Thurnscoe for over 30 years. Their mission is to provide practical child care support via after school clubs, play groups and school holiday projects, and to address working food poverty and promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole community. The community association relies on grants, donation and corporate gifts to carry on their valuable work.
The play equipment and extensive fencing around the children play was in need of a yearly paint. The task had been started by a small cohort of community volunteers in the Spring, but wet weather had pushed the tasks further into the Summer. Funding for the paint was sourced by the team at Station House but the previous volunteers who had started the project, were unavailable.
Charlotte Williams, the Chief Executive of Station House approached Janette Walker, who organises Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) here at Barnsley CVS, for some advice on how to engage corporate volunteers. After a discussion about logistics, number and resources, Janette contacted XPO Logistics to see if they could help. As always, they could!
Five volunteers from XPO Logistics completed 30 hours of volunteering at Station House, painting all the play equipment and most of the fencing. They did an excellent job!
Another team from XPO Logistics are returning to complete the rest of the fence, later on in October!
If you are a business and would like to find out more about how to get involved with Employer Supported Volunteering then visit our dedicated page for details.