In June the airport ran its first Volunteer Week during the UK’s National Volunteers’ Week, and took on the challenge of completing 5 projects in 5 days.
40 employees from across the business gave up 320 hours of their time to share their skills and manpower for the benefit of local charities and community organisations.
The five projects included re-painting the community hall at local Ascension Church; working with Gasworks Dock Partnership to build a cold frame that will germinate plants for their sensory garden; rejuvenating the ASTA Centre’s outdoor play area and garden; exploring ideas for income-generation at the Docklands Equestrian Centre; and organising a fun day for elderly members of Neighbours in Poplar’s LinkAge Hub, involving yoga and bingo.
“The members had a fantastic time; it's always nice for our older folk to see new people who are willing to give them time. It isn't every day that they get entertainment.” (NIP)
“Aside from the great access to talented business people this is probably the first meeting I have attended with the board that was focused entirely on planning rather than fire-fighting, which was incredibly beneficial and great to have it facilitated by a 3rd party.” (DEC)