A great example of how volunteering in the community makes a difference was demonstrated by a team of employees from Wärtsilä U.K. Ltd, a company based in Havant. YMCA Fairthorne Manor is a unique outdoor activity centre set in approx 83 acres of beautiful Curdridge countryside. Fairthorne hosts a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities to positively engage children and young adults.
Having such a large area to cover, volunteers are particularly welcome at YMCA Fairthorne to help with the smooth running of the site. Therefore, for a day at the beginning of May, a group of fourteen volunteers from Wärtsilä gave up their time to undertake some essential tasks. The team were split into groups and were asked to help set up the large canvas tents that Fairthorne use to accommodate various groups throughout the summer. Between them, they managed to set up and cover 40 tents, a huge task that Fairthorne undertake at the start of every summer season. Jo Pike said, “The support from Wärtsilä really helps to support our community ethos. Having the enthusiastic team has turned a two-week job into a one-day job thus allowing our staff to concentrate on other pressing tasks around the site.
We would like to pass our thanks to Wärtsilä for giving up their time for us at Fairthorne.” Ken a volunteer from Wärtsilä said, “The team have really enjoyed today at Fairthorne Manor. It has been so well organised and a real eye-opener to see how much is involved running the centre and a real privilege to contribute and be part of the great work that they do here at YMCA. It has been a great way for us to get together for a team-building day and get to interact with our colleagues that we would not necessarily have the chance to speak to.”
Without the support of local businesses, many charity and community groups would struggle. For more information about how you can get involved with the employee volunteering scheme contact Rachel Taylor at email@example.com or telephone 01730 774057