At Hinckley & Rugby our support of the community is much more than just donations and sponsorships. We realised many years ago that the most valuable asset we have, that can help our local communities, is our people.
Therefore, all Society staff are encouraged to take time out of their busy working day to share their skills and time with local schools, community groups and charities that mean the most to them.
From one-off team challenges to weekly commitments, it has to be said that our staff are professionals when it comes to volunteering. Many choose to do so through our on-going membership with Leicestershire Cares – a charity which partners supportive community projects with Leicestershire-based businesses. Projects our staff support include:
- Number Partners – a scheme which sees a team of volunteers make a weekly visit to a local primary school to play maths-based board games with 7-8 year olds, helping them gain confidence with maths and gain valuable social skills
- Team Challenges – from de-weeding overgrown gardens to painting community halls, our team challenges pull together staff from across the Society to help community projects based throughout the areas of our branch network.
- Interview Techniques – sessions for local schools which involve mock interviews for GCSE students looking towards their next steps in education and the world of work.
- Go for Reading – a scheme which enables volunteers from the Society to visit a local secondary school to help pupils with their reading skills by providing one to one support
Risk Manager, Clare, said:
“Interview techniques is a really interesting way to spend time supporting local schools and students. It’s really rewarding to see them improve and relax during the process and being able to provide constructive feedback which will hopefully help them in future interviews and professional situations.”
You may have also spotted our people out and about, volunteering near you. Recently we’ve had teams of litter pickers in local towns, individuals making PPE equipment for the NHS and marshalling at Covid-19 Centres, numerous staff supporting careers sessions for business students organised by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College and volunteers lending at hand at local foodbanks.
We also have numerous staff who hold important roles within local community organisations, providing their support and skills on a regular basis, including: A football coach for a local youth team in Hinckley, a Director at Hinckley BID (Business Improvement District), School Governors, a Board Trustee and Steering Group Chair for local mental health charity Lamp, Charity Trustee for Hinckley Ladies Circle, a Leader and a Treasurer for two local scout groups, a community gardener in the local village of Earl Shilton, a Non-Executive Director at Ahead Partnership – an organisation which connects employers with education, public and private sector partners, and members of steering group for the Yes Project, a group which supports local young people to overcome challenges and barriers that have prevented them from finding a job or seeking further education.
As you can see, our people are more than happy to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in to show they care, and the figures speak for themselves with over 640 volunteering hours given back by our people throughout 2020. We too feel the benefits of these activities, as staff gain valuable skills and life experiences which enhance their value to our business and ultimately bring us closer to our heartlands.
Staff explain what volunteering means to them
Finance Manager, Andy, said:
“Volunteering has provided me with another social network, whilst improving my confidence and communication skills.”
Business Development Officer, Karen, said:
“The satisfaction of knowing that I am improving someone’s quality of life by giving up a small amount of my time is a great benefit to me.”
Governance and Risk Coordinator, Michelle, said
“Being able to witness the confidence of a young person grow with your support is a great feeling, I thoroughly enjoy spending time helping others and would recommend it to anyone.”
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
If you are involved in a local project you think we could support why not get in touch and let us know, we’d love to hear from you.
Please select ‘Community Support’ from the drop down box.