UK children benefit from global volunteering effortJulia Shipston
CEB is the leading member-based advisory company, specialising in data analysis, research and advisory services for executive leaders at large corporations around the globe. For the third year, the company will close its worldwide offices for a day of community service on May 17. More than 2,500 employees in 19 countries and 45 cities around the world will volunteer to benefit charities and those in need in the communities where they live and work.
In the UK, CEB has partnered with national volunteering charity TimeBank for its Global Service Day. TimeBank has been connecting businesses and communities for the last 13 years, delivering programmes for EE, BT, Ernst & Young and the Cabinet Office to name just a few.
The charity has sourced some demanding challenges for the CEB volunteers in deprived areas across London and the South East, from creating reading corners in primary schools to restoring ponds at a housing estate damaged by antisocial behaviour.
450 CEB volunteers will be involved in the day – 300 in environmental challenges and 150 in schools. CEB Chairman and CEO Tom Monahan will volunteer alongside CEB staff, joined by TimeBank Chief Executive Helen Walker. They’ll be tackling a wildlife conservation project in Wimbledon and building a reading corner at Vauxhall Primary School.
Helen Walker says: “We’re delighted that CEB chose us as its UK partner – we both believe that volunteering can be a real force for change and that through volunteering, employees develop valuable leadership, decision-making and negotiation skills while making a genuine difference in their communities.”
Tom Monahan says: “Global Service Day provides a unique opportunity for our staff to bring CEB’s Spirit of Generosity to life across geographies as one firm. The Spirit of Generosity is pervasive in all that we do as a company – who we hire and how we operate. This day of service allows CEB staff to make a significant service impact as a positive force in the communities where our employees and business partners live and work.”
As well as bringing positive social change to their local communities, CEB sees the day as an ideal opportunity to forge closer working relationships between teams and for staff to become more effective in their jobs. CEB’s Global Service Day represents one important component of the company’s philanthropic efforts. For more than 25 years, CEB and its staff have dedicated significant financial and in-kind resources to a broad set of charitable organizations – promoting community building and enabling innovation and entrepreneurship in the public sector.
CEB’s Global Service Day coincides with Give & Gain Day 2013, the UK’s national day of employee volunteering.
CEB staff will be volunteering at a range of projects across London and the South East:
Wildlife conservation at Edgecombe Hall Estate, Whitlock Drive, Wimbledon SW19: Damaged by anti-social behaviour, the ponds at this housing estate in south west London need restoring to encourage wildlife and biodiversity. Tom Monahan (CEB CEO), Helen Walker (TimeBank CEO) will join CEB volunteers at 10am and Justine Greening MP also hopes to attend.
Woodland conservation at Polyapes, Blundel Lane, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 2SL: Incorporating 30 acres of woods and grasslands, this area is regularly used by Scout groups and others. CEB staff will undertake a major litter pick, collect and stack fallen timber and weed & clear brambles.
Biodiversity project at Southwark Park: A secret wilderness at the edge of Southwark Park, this area is a haven for flora and fauna. Work is urgently needed to protect the wild flowers and create specific zones for wildlife to thrive.
Reading corners at London primary schools:
Getting children excited about reading from a young age is vital to their development. And where they read can make a real difference. The challenge for CEB staff is to transform an unused corner of a school or classroom into an inspiring place for children to read.
Vauxhall Primary School, Vauxhall Street London SE11 5LG – Tom Monahan (CEB) and Helen Walker (TimeBank) will join CEB volunteers here at 11.30am and Kate Hoey MP hopes to attend.
Oasis Academy Johanna, Johanna Street, Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RH
Christchurch CofE Primary School, 47a Brick Lane, London E1 6PU
Rotherfield Primary School, 32 Rotherfield Street, London N1 3EE
Hollydale Primary School, Hollydale Road, Nunhead, London SE15 2AR
Green Dragon Primary School, North Road, Brentford, Middx TW8 0BJ
Contact: For further information, contact Julia Shipston: tel 0771 3163003, email: [email protected]