At Veolia in Birmingham we encourage our staff to use a paid day to get involved in community projects within their local area.
Employees can help out with any local project that they feel passionate about, from helping clean up local communities to working with schools. This is to demonstrate our commitment to being a good neighbour. Not only does this make a difference to the communities we work in, but volunteering is also a recognised way of increasing employee engagement.
Sheldon Country Park
Veolia employees have been getting their hands dirty by using their volunteer days to help make improvements to Sheldon Country Park. The team of volunteers got involved by digging a small duck pond, installing fencing around the park, and improving communal areas enjoyed by visitors to the park.
The Transport Manager led the team of five volunteers on the day said, “It was a great day and opportunity to put something back into the community as well as bonding with the team.”
Sheldon Country Park were impressed with the work achieved and the chemistry of the team and have requested to have them back in the future. Watch this space!
Bishop Latimer Community Garden
Bishop Latimer Community Garden is a local group based in Winson Green. Although the community garden is adjacent to the church, the aim of the community group is to support and bring the local community together from all walks of life, regardless of their background.
The volunteers helped to cut back the bushes, mowed the lawn and generally tidied up the garden ready for visitors and members to enjoy in summer. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the volunteers as it was an opportunity to bond together as a team as well as giving back to a worthy cause.
Bishop Latimer Community Garden commented on the difference Veolia volunteers had made to the garden and also on how lovely the team were.
Stanville Primary School
Stanville Primary School is a local school based at Sheldon that was in need of uplifting the obstacle course in the playground and making improvements to the school’s sensory garden and allotment. Veolia donated Pro Grow compost in order to help with the planting.
The volunteers arrived on site to a blank installation of the obstacle course ready for a fresh lick of paint. The team were armed with paint brushes, paint, and compost ready to give Stanville Primary School’s playground a makeover. The day was spent at the school painting and planting and once the work was complete, a class of pupils came out to give their seal of approval to the volunteers. Teachers and pupils seemed very pleased with the end result.