28 June, 2011
Eight volunteers from Aurion Learning recently took part in the UK’s biggest employee volunteering movement Give & Gain Day 2011, organised by Business in the Community.
The event which took place on Friday 24 June saw almost 300 volunteers from 26 companies across Northern Ireland swap their usual Friday at work for a day giving back to their local community.
The Northern Ireland volunteers joined an international army of over 17,000 others from across the UK, in a campaign that has gone global.
Give & Gain Day is the UK’s only national day of action for employee volunteers, who give their time and skills to hundreds of community projects and schools in over 40 cities and towns throughout the UK. It gives employees a unique opportunity to make a difference to the communities they live and work in. Working in teams, volunteers in Northern Ireland contributed their skills, talent and experience to help local community groups and schools.
Aurion’s volunteers’ challenge took place in the famous gardens of National Trust property, Mount Stewart where they worked to clear weeds to make space for a seating area.
Speaking about Give & Gain Day, Ciaran O’Hare, Director of Aurion Learning said: “Give and Gain Day allows us to give something back to our community, and as an organisation that’s something we are strongly committed to doing. It’s also gives staff from different departments an opportunity to work together on a challenging task so it’s also a really useful team building exercise. It was hard work but was definitely an enjoyable and rewarding day.”
In a recent consultation with its membership Business in the Community identified employee volunteering as one of the key ways that businesses can develop meaningful sustainable relationships with communities, highlighting that local employers are recognising the win/win impact and benefits of volunteering for organisations, individuals and communities.
Commenting on the campaign, Martin Howell, Volunteering Director, Business in the Community said: “With the pressure on local organisations, businesses and community groups greater than ever before Give & Gain Day 2011 is a real opportunity to empower businesses, their employees and communities to work together to achieve real change.
There is increasing political and public focus on localism and people being empowered to make a personal difference in their communities. Volunteering is one way in which businesses can start to build real relationships and help to transform the communities they live and work in. Staff benefit too as it’s a valuable way to have fun, learn and develop new skills.”
Pictured above (L-R) Ciaran O'Hare, Andrew McCaughan, David Anderson, Aaron McGivern, Noleen Turner, Simon Hagan, Lee Reilly, Alan Boyd.
You can see more photos of the day on our Facebook page.