Twelve community projects were given a boost by the efforts of more than 200 staff from ventilation manufacturer EnviroVent.
Staff based in Harrogate were given a day away from work as part of an ‘In it together’ initiative where they volunteered to help out on a range of worthwhile community projects. This included assisting with the set-up of an Urban Beach Party at Henshaw’s Society for Blind People in Knaresborough. Other staff from EnviroVent took part in community singing with Dementia Forward, some took on a charity car wash that pitted two teams against each other to wash shoppers’ cars to raise funds, whilst another team took on the task of clearing grounds and the garden at St John’s Church in Bilton.
The volunteers also helped to transform the space behind Woodlands Church into a community garden. IT support apprentice Finn Macadam said: “It was a fantastic day. I really enjoyed helping to maintain the gardens and getting my hands dirty!” Catherine Baxter from Woodlands Church Community Garden said: “The volunteers helped us to do some essential jobs to encourage more wildlife. The garden is so important as it provides a green space for everyone to enjoy, young and old, sighted and visually impaired, able and those with mobility difficulties.”
Other volunteers cut back hedges and carried out general ground maintenance for Pannal Ash Junior Football Club and Fountains Abbey. The teams helped with odd jobs, gardening and decorating for people who are losing their sight and being supported by Vision Support and for the Help at Home Service on behalf of Harrogate and Ripon centres for Voluntary Service. Volunteers also helped to cook and serve breakfast at Harrogate Mind, as well as helping the charity to organise a pool tournament.
Andy Makin, Managing Director of EnviroVent, said: “This is the second time that we have held our ‘In it Together’ community day and it has been a huge success once again. It is fantastically motivating for our team to get involved in something so far removed from everyday working life but that impacts on the community in such a positive way. We’ve had some great feedback from the charities and organisations we have helped and overall it has been a hugely rewarding experience.”
EnviroVent plays its part in putting back into local charities and has helped to raise £35,000 for Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate over the past few years.