London City Airport staff spent a collective total of 375 hours volunteering this month as part of the airport’s Volunteering Fortnight (31 May -12 June).
Fifty-one airport staff took part in the initiative to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week, dedicating their time, skills and expertise to several community partners and charities across East London, including the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
It’s the third year in a row that the airport has contributed to the annual celebration, this year in collaboration with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA), which helped team up the airport with local partners including the First Avenue Urban Wilderness Community Garden in Plaistow, the Barking Food Bank at Abbey Retail Park and Neighbours in Poplar at the St Matthias Community Centre. This year’s contribution of 375 hours exceeded tallies for 2014 and 2015, where the airport’s workforce volunteered a total of 320 hours and 313 hours, respectively.
Fabienne Gress, Corporate Social Responsibility Executive at London City Airport, said:
“Since the airport opened nearly 30 years ago, we’ve grown and developed our relationship with local organisations and charities. Once again, our volunteering fortnight provided an excellent opportunity for staff from all parts of the airport to take time out from day-to-day duties and contribute to good causes.”
Volunteering activities included:
Alongside these broader volunteer opportunities, this year the airport shared professional skills and expertise to help out local partners.
The airport’s finance department volunteered their expertise during an employability and money skills workshop at Buxton School in Leytonstone, Waltham Forest, and also held a graduate employability and mock interview day in conjunction with ELBA.
The marketing team assisted Rosetta Arts Centre in Stratford in preparing communications materials for its crowd funding campaign and is developing a promotional video for the centre to raise awareness for their planned improvements. Later this summer, airport employees will offer their business skills to the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London (RAMFEL) in Redbridge, to support its operational efficiencies and client services.
London City Airport encourages volunteering throughout the year and staff have the opportunity to get to get involved with a variety of educational and employment activities, including primary school tours and careers insight visits.
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