For Volunteers Week, Countryside employees spent the day volunteering at different UK charities
This week, in support of Volunteers Week, teams from Countryside have been volunteering at different charities and community organisations across the UK.
On Wednesday, a team of seven volunteers from Countryside headed to Kids Inspire, which uses art, drama and play therapy to help disadvantaged young people across Essex turn their lives around and claim back their future. Many of the children supported by the charity are at an educational, social and/or economic disadvantage resulting from trauma or emerging mental health issues.
Kids Inspire, which is one of Countryside’s local nominated charities, has just moved premises, so the team helped out with tidying up the play area, pruning and general garden maintenance.
At the same time, more volunteers from Countryside went to Huyton Resource Centre in Merseyside, Liverpool, which is part of the Knowsley Community Hub and grows food with the community, for the community. Their goal is to reduce food poverty, isolation and loneliness, whilst also boosting health and wellbeing through horticulture. The volunteers from Countryside spent a fantastic day building a potting table for children to use when planting.
At Countryside, we are always looking for new ways to give back to the communities in which we work, so we are pleased to have several other volunteering days already lined up for the near future. In July, volunteers from Countryside will be spending the day at the Essex Wildlife Trust, the county’s leading conservation charity, protecting more than 8,400 acres of land.
Another team from Countryside will be volunteering at Millard House, which provides family-run care for the elderly in Braintree. The volunteers will be working in the garden ensuring the outdoor space is tidy and safe for use in the summer months.
In September, Countryside employees will be volunteering at Dogs Trust, the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, caring for over 15,000 dogs a year nationally. The team will be heading to Dogs Trust in Basildon, where they will be helping out with a variety of tasks like gardening, sorting out donations, doing laundry and making up enrichment toys.
We look forward to finding out how the teams enjoy their volunteering days and are excited to secure new volunteering opportunities for Countryside employees in the coming weeks.