FinditinWorcestershire member, ISO Quality Services Ltd, has been known for its charity campaigns over the years, in particular with the Midlands Air Ambulance and Worcester Foodbank. For its next campaign however, it has decided to try something a little different.
The ISO Specialists, based in St Johns has opted instead, to donate four corporate volunteering days to St Richard’s Hospice, a charity that cares for adults with a serious progressive illness as well as offering support to their loved ones.
Initial discussions with the Hospice discovered that it needed help with its grounds work and general gardening, including a revamp of both its wooden garden furniture and the children’s area.
The ISO team used volunteering days between July and September to work hard on the children’s area, which is used specifically for counselling bereaved children. Groups sanded and painted the wooden garden furniture, whilst others took on the jungle of weeds in a newly planted area. The gardens offer patients, their loved ones and staff a space of tranquillity to enjoy.
Managing Director, Jennifer Semini commented: “We really wanted to try something different this year and corporate volunteering provides so many benefits to both the charities and companies involved. A charity is dependent upon volunteers just as much as they are donations, without either, they wouldn’t be able to survive.
"Volunteering allows you the opportunity to give something that money can’t buy; your time, but the experience can also be a great team building exercise and an opportunity for your employees to develop new skills."
Nick Harris, Estate & Facilities Support Manager at St Richard’s Hospice commented: “The teams have done a fantastic job for us and we are very grateful. The additional help has allowed our maintenance team to concentrate on more patient-centred issues”.
Jennifer added: “The whole team at ISO Quality Services really enjoyed the experience; we’re already looking to complete a similar initiative next year”.