Gi Group join celebrities to donate over 500 hours for special causes
Jamie Oliver MBE, England Rugby’s Mike Catt OBE and David Blunkett MP were amongst those to get involved as the Gi Group team contributed in excess of 500 hours on the day.
Now in its sixth year, Business in the Community’s Give & Gain Day is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering. As part of the event, Gi Group team members dedicated much needed support to events across the length of the country – be it painting, building, clearing, gardening or teaching.
Activity took place at:
Stonebridge City Farm in Nottingham
Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College in Coventry
Shiregreen Scouts Group in Sheffield
Thornhill Primary School in Southampton
Each project was identified by BITC as a socially responsible project in need of commercial support.
Gi Group UK Head of CSR, David Carlin said: “Give & Gain Day is an event which Gi Group supports wholeheartedly. Our employees were involved in events across the country as part of our companywide commitment to CSR. The projects chosen were extremely special to us, as we have a major presence in the four cities, working with leading businesses in the region. With the ethos of Give & Gain Day all about volunteering, they seemed perfect for us to become involved in.
“For us it gives employees the chance to develop skills outside the normal working environment, demonstrate our commitment to the communities in which we operate and be part of the biggest day of employee volunteering in the UK.
“For the projects we helped there was the chance to benefit from a huge and focused volunteer workforce way over and above their day-to-day operations, while forging links with local businesses with the potential to provide future support. The atmosphere on the day and the feedback from both the recipients and those taking part were all fantastic.”
Gi Group received support in terms of materials and manpower from its clients including Pork Farms Ltd, Boots Plc, John A. Stephens Ltd and Dacrylate. Individuals were involved in tasks as diverse cookery training, painting, mending fences, clearing rubbish and weeding at the different projects – each of which focused on improving the environment and life skills of youngsters in the community.
Building on its core expertise, Gi Group also delivered free workshops at several of the events providing local youngsters and job seekers with an insight into working life and guidance on enhancing their employability prospects.