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Veolia volunteers go back in time

21 july 2011

Elderly residents at Sunrise Care, received a special surprise on Thursday 21st July from staff at Veolia Environmental Services who donated half a day of their time landscaping two gardens at the care home in Wolverhampton.

Following the makeover Veolia Environmental Services, the UK’s leading recycling and waste management company, arranged for residents to relive their youth with a 1940s themed afternoon tea with entertainment from a Glenn Miller style band.

Previously the two gardens at the home have lacked inspiration, due to resources and so this transformation from Veolia’s landscaping team will increase residents’ enjoyment of the area with an array of flowers also donated by the company.
 
The afternoon dance saw staff from Veolia getting in to the wartime spirit by dressing up as British forces and American GIs that helped bring the Forties back to life. 

Dean Dowie Managing Director Industrial Services & Scotland for Veolia Environmental Services said “Today has been an important day to transform the well being of the residents at Sunrise Care Home. It took only half a day of our time but it has provided a well deserved makeover to the home for all to enjoy. “

Rob Pinsent, General Manager, Sunrise of Tettenhall said “Veolia’s help has made such a difference to our gardens and both myself and the residents are enormously grateful to them. The benefits of this mornings work will be apparent for years to come.”

The blitzing of the garden is part of Veolia’s half day volunteering scheme to give something back to local communities all around the UK. With over 12,000 members of staff they are all encouraged to spend a half a day working in their local community or charitable organisation of their choice, amounting to 6,000 days each year across the whole company.

For more information about other volunteering schemes Veolia has supported, including the partnership with Mind visit www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk or follow us on twitter @veolia_es_uk .