Like last year, I was overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit shown by the employee volunteers I had the pleasure of working with over Christmas. The volunteers came from a range of companies; from global fashion brands to chemicals and marketing. They may have all come from different backgrounds and sectors but what united them was their openness to genuinely giving something back to the communities where they live and work.
This year was the first time we worked with the company City Index to get its employees volunteering. City Index employees volunteered at four different Anchor care homes across five sessions of volunteering in London. Anchor is the largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for the over-55s in England. The City Index volunteers did a fantastic job interacting with the residents through activities such as Christmas card making and baking, as well as singing a few Christmas carols. The volunteers created a buzz around the homes, the residents loved seeing new faces, and the Anchor staff appreciated the support of volunteers to engage with the residents. It was an absolute pleasure working with the volunteers, and the Anchor staff are incredibly passionate about their work. It was inspiring to see all the fantastic work they do.
TimeBank also worked with a global fashion brand to help create sensory toys to be used by Blind Children UK (part of Guide Dogs), in their work with blind and partially sighted children. The sensory toys, such as sensory boards and umbrellas, all have different textures and materials to encourage stimulation and confidence for the children the charity works with. The employees from the company amazed us with their creative flair - in a matter of hours they had turned ordinary materials like brushes and make up bags into magical toys that will bring joy to lots of children and families across the country. The staff from Blind Children UK were so excited by the results they couldn’t wait to use them at their sessions later that day.
Once again, I was amazed by the efforts of employee volunteers to offer not only their time, but also their skills and experience to help others at Christmas. For TimeBank, it is not only a pleasure to work with the volunteers, but it is also rewarding to help the community partners we work with find such kind and talented volunteers.
But volunteering isn’t just for Christmas - charities need help all year round. The New Year is the perfect time of year to reflect on what we have and to help those less fortunate; it’s a perfect time to volunteer! There are a whole range of opportunities to get your employees volunteering this year - take a look at our Employee Volunteering pages to see how we can help.