Employee volunteering is a great way to make a difference in your local community

We were delighted when the biopharmaceutical firm Celgene, based in Uxbridge, said they wanted to do something different for their annual Community Action Day by helping a local primary school.

It also happens to be Spring into Action, which is TimeBank’s campaign to encourage more businesses to get their staff volunteering. It’s a great way to volunteer and make a real difference in your local community – in this case the volunteers helped to inspire primary schoolchildren with a love of reading by transforming the school library into a magical Wizard of Oz themed reading corner.

On the day the volunteers displayed great project planning and execution, as well as superb team work and communication skills to complete everything all in one day. 


The focal point of the reading corner was a spectacular yellow brick road mural painted on the library walls, including drawings of iconic characters such as Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. A small group of the volunteers even had time to do some painting and a spot of gardening to spruce up the school playground.

The enthusiasm and dedication of the volunteers to do a great job for the pupils was a pleasure to see. At the end of the day the children gave their new reading corner a rating of 20 out of 10 – an impressive score from some very tough judges! 

Neha Dhadwal, Learning and Development Co-ordinator at Celgene said: “All in all we had a fantastic day. It was brilliant to take a day out and contribute to such a pivotal part of the school where the children can learn in a relaxed yet productive way. TimeBank did a fantastic job co-ordinating this – thank you Richard!” 


The volunteers exceeded expectations and demonstrated how employee volunteers can support the local community and young children. Reading and writing are core skills for any child’s future and with their new reading corner, many more pupils at St Matthew’s in West Drayton will be motivated to read and learn.

If you’d like to get your team volunteering, there are some great ideas here or contact Richard on 020 3111 0728 or email richardg@timebank.org.uk