‘It’s all about keeping it clean and green and giving something back to the community’ – this was the message from two local businesses who recently got behind Volunteers’ Week. ( 31 May 2018.)
Volunteers from AF Blakemore and Unity Trust Bank plc got the gardening bug at Palfrey Park alongside Walsall Council’s Clean and Green team – equipped with strimmers, gardening gloves and litterbags they gave up a whole day to spruce up one of the town’s much loved green spaces. With some extra elbow grease from Palfrey Park Friends Group, together they tidied grass verges, cleared vegetation, cleared rubbish and got the hedges into symmetrical order.
Councillor Louise Harrison said: “We really appreciate the hard work put in on the day by volunteers from AF Blakemore and Unity Trust Bank plc. Palfrey Park’s green oasis was truly enhanced by everybody’s efforts. It was great day to mix with new people, and learn new skills in a lovely setting. All of this whilst helping the environment”
Birmingham-based commercial bank ‘Unity Trust Bank’ plc has a philosophy of nurturing positive social impact. It encourages staff to share this vision of ‘unity in the community’ by carrying out five paid volunteering days throughout the year.
Richard Rose, Unity Trust Bank Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, said: “Our staff do a great job for good causes, like supporting the work at Palfrey Park and making a difference in the local community. Park users can see that we and Walsall Council want to improve the environment and this will hopefully encourage others to support Corporate Volunteering throughout the borough”.
Councillor Garry Perry said: “It’s great that businesses are taking a proactive step, not only in developing and contributing to their local community, but also looking after their own staff’s health and wellbeing. Volunteering helps people to relax, meet new people and dependant on the task, to be more physically active”
If you’re a businesses and would like to find out more about volunteering partnerships get in touch. The council and town would value your support and there is a lot to be gained from it.
For more information about volunteering with Walsall Council please contact Jay Patel, VCS Investment Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org