Around 100 staff from across the University got involved in Give and Gain Day, a global initiative run by Business in the Community that harnesses the power of employee volunteering.
Staff from the Division of Communications and Marketing, the Office of Social Responsibility, Directorate of Human Resources, Directorate of Estates and Facilities, and the School of Materials took part in:
organic gardening at the Debdale Eco Centre in Gorton;
cutting back invasive rhododendrons in Heaton Park, Prestwich;
spring-cleaning at Ronald McDonald House Manchester, the free accommodation facility for families whose children are in hospital;
creating a welcoming entrance to the inner-city park of Boggart Hole Clough in Blackley;
repairs and gardening work at Garden Needs, a community wellbeing garden in Salford.
Head of Human Resources at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Sue Field – whose team worked with that from the Office of Social Responsibility – said: “It gave a sense of achievement through team-working, contributing to projects that benefit our community, taking opportunities to work together and forge new working relationships – and it was a great deal of fun!”
Give and Gain Day brings together like-minded organisations to use their ideas, talents and resources to enhance their social responsibility impact through a national day of employee volunteering in 28 countries.
In the UK more than 14,000 business volunteers from almost 300 companies gave over 100,000 hours volunteering time. Almost £1.8 million was invested in UK communities, helping hundreds of thousands of people.