BaxterStorey Volunteers Support Community Project at Purley Park Trust

We have pledged our support to the local community by getting hands on with a number of projects.

Eager to help improve community facilities, our learning and development team took part in a volunteering day at Purley Park Trust as part of its partnership with Employee Volunteering.

Purley Park Trust in Purley On Thames provides supported living and day care services for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs and is committed to helping its residents live independently.

The volunteering day saw thirteen team members share some community spirit. The helpers spent time weeding, dismantling the garden shed, tidying the residents’ garden and painting the day centre cloakroom. Volunteers spent some quality time with the residents supporting the afternoon creative session, including making pumpkin soup, Halloween decorations and carving pumpkins.

The volunteering team day was organised by Graham Eveleigh, head of skills and development, who said: “We decided that we would like to spend our next team session supporting a local charity and getting our hands dirty! We decided on Purley Trust as it gave the opportunity for indoor and outdoor work and actively engaging with the community that the trust supports.

“The team at the trust were very welcoming and engaged with us to create a better understanding of the work they do. For our team to be together, outside of our normal working environment and to have a sense of satisfaction of a job well done at the end of the day, was tremendous and we will be making this an annual event”.

Employee volunteering helps bring businesses and communities together, implementing dynamic and rewarding employee volunteering programmes.

Helen Money, day services manager at Purley Park Trust said: “Without all the help and hard work of the volunteers from BaxterStorey, we most certainly would not have been able to achieve all the work that was completed on Tuesday. As a charity we have benefited in so many ways; the work carried out by the team has made a huge difference to us in day services. The people we support here at Purley Park really enjoyed having BaxterStorey share their day with them, and we would love them to return soon”.

People development manager and volunteer Stephanie Cadogan commented on the day: “Supporting a community project local to the Reading hub of our business was an immensely rewarding team building experience. The warm welcome we were given by all those who live at Purley was overwhelming.

“They invited us into their home for the day, to make spooky Halloween decorations – it is amazing what can be made with egg boxes, leaves, paints and buckets of enthusiasm! An immensely eye-opening, satisfying day and one I truly hope as a team we repeat, and others within our business get to experience”.

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