HSBC bank team - building volunteering
Given the dynamics of todays’ fast-paced workplace, and with the benefits of volunteering as a recognised source of wellbeing, more and more employers are developing employer-supported volunteering policies. Employer-supported volunteering is where an employee can take time off, to volunteer during paid working hours. This is usually 2 days a year, however it is best to check with the organisation’s HR. Employees can either choose to support a charity or community group of their own choice, or an opportunity sourced by the organisation.
Steve Nicholls, a manager for HSBC Bank contacted CVSC as he wished to set up a team building volunteering day for himself and his fellow HSBC managers who work throughout North West Wales. They had initially decided on the possibility of giving their time to paint a community hall.
I discussed the offer with my colleague Neil Pringle, Gwynt-y-Mor Community Fund Manager, to check if he knew of any organisations that had received funding, and would welcome some help in decorating their community premises. A number were sourced for Steve and his colleagues to choose from.
Hope Restored was chosen by the HSBC team. Hope Restored was set up by Brenda Fogg in 2010 and gives much needed support to the homeless and needy in the Llandudno community.
Steve had initial meetings with Brenda, and a date for painting the Hall was set for September 19th 2018. Through these initial meetings, the staff of HSBC Bank have since donated a chest freezer in addition to a large amount of food to support Brendas’ “Bag of Hope” Food Bank, Brenda stated “This service is available to anyone who is struggling to feed themselves or their family. Whether they are trying to manage on benefits or on a low-income household, on or below the breadline, it doesn’t matter, Hope Restored will help if they can”
Both Neil and Donna Jones from the CVSC Volunteering team met up with Brenda, Steve and his team on the morning of the 19th September. On arrival, the team were not only laden with paintbrushes and rollers, they also brought with them a large collection of foods for the food bank.
“CVSC Volunteering team are delighted with the outcomes of the kind efforts by the HSBC employees, to not only brighten up the environment of a much needed service to those most in need, but to also provide donations and ongoing support.”