HSBC Volunteers help in the community


Over 20 staff from HSBC’s Learning Team came together on Wednesday 10th September for a Hemel based community day. The team spent the afternoon putting their decorating skills to good use for 4 lucky good causes. At around 1pm teams of willing volunteers started to descend upon community centres in Chaulden and Bennetts End as well as Community Action Decorum’s premises in the High Street and Abbeyfiled’s Garrad House in kings Langley. By 6pm, they had completed the makeover of tired looking reception and lobby, gloomy staircases, corridors and a lounge and transformed them to bright and attractive areas. This would not have been possible without the hard work of the HSBC team.

Garrad House enables residents to live independently while knowing that there’s someone there in case of emergency. Administrator, Sheila Brown explained “We are all delighted that we are getting this work done now, It’s really lovely to have things brightened up. The residents are so pleased they are planning to serve tea and cake to the volunteers later in the afternoon.” And, Claire Reynolds, Administrator from Chaulden Community Centre sent a message of thanks, saying “All of us at Chaulden Community Centre would like to say a really big thank you for decorating the lobby area, we are really pleased with it!! Now we can go-ahead and have our flooring done to match our lovely blue walls!” They were so keen to have the work done that they even changed the date of their AGM to fit in with the HSBC timetable.

Mark Clay, the Team Leader, explained that they take part in at least one major event each year that in the past has included tree planting, dry stone walling and even cleaning St Albans Cathedral. Nick Sutton, HSBC’s Apsley based Learning and Facilities Manager had the task of organising the day for 2014 and was keen that his local community would benefit.

If your charity is struggling to complete a practical project or your company is looking to organise a community day, why not get in touch with Volunteer Centre Dacorum to see how we can help?


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