Corporate volunteering with Spark Somerset
Team building with a difference
No matter what size your organisation, corporate volunteering is a great way for your employees to make a difference and develop their skills.
Your business stands to benefit too - showing a commitment to supporting the local community is known to create a positive culture within the workplace, boost morale and improve staff retention.
Here at Spark Somerset we run the local volunteer service, and have extensive experience of facilitating corporate volunteering opportunities for local businesses.
What activities could we help with?
Whether it’s helping with an outdoor conservation project, supporting vulnerable people in the community, or running a fundraising event, we can help you to find a project that fulfills your objectives and enables you to do something truly rewarding as a team.
We can also match individuals who would like to share their professional skills with a local charity or community group. Activities could involve supporting a short-term project, delivering a training session or workshop, or becoming a charity trustee. This offers a fantastic development opportunity for the employee, and would really benefit the charity they support.
Barratt David Wilson Homes/Ark at Edgwood CIC
Through our employer supported volunteering service, Barratt David Wilson Homes employees enjoyed team building with a difference at Ark at Egwood CIC.
Ark at Egwood CIC offers a range of land-based health and wellbeing activities to people in the community who may be experiencing mental ill-health or social isolation.
Volunteers from Barratt David Wilson Homes spent the day with the Ark team, building four new wheelchair accessible planters which will enable even more people to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening and growing fresh produce.
Ciara McGinty, Design Manager at Barrett Wilson Homes said:
“It was one of the best days we’ve ever had! We are so grateful for Ark’s hospitality and kindness. They were such brilliant hosts and we left feeling really inspired by the great work they are doing.”
Nigel Bell, Director of Business Development at Ark at Egwood CIC said:
"The Barratt Homes Team were a lovely, friendly bunch and were very enthusiastic about ARK at Egwood and our aims, which has really inspired us further."
Skanska’s Highways team/ City of Wells Almshouses
Through our corporate volunteering service, employees from Skanska's Somerset Highways team took part in some volunteer gardening at the City of Wells Almshouses.
In a fantastic team effort, the Skanska volunteers and Almshouses residents tidied the gardens in the Bubwith and Willes buildings, and at their Llewellyn site.
Resident Hanna said:"The volunteers cleared the gardens of some of our most vulnerable residents who are unable to do the work themselves, making them look lovely for all of us to enjoy. I do hope they come back!"
A great time was had by the volunteers too, Gary Davies, Operations Manager at Skanska, described his volunteering experience:“A day of inspiration and fulfillment, working with Jean and Hanna; two passionate ladies full of zest and enthusiasm!"
Caroline Tollworthy, Scheme Manager at the Almshouses, said:"We had a really enjoyable time today, the volunteers were cheerful, friendly, and kind, and the residents were over the moon at the amount of work that got done."
Want to learn more?
To discuss how a volunteering partnership with Spark Somerset could benefit your business, please contact us at [email protected] or call 01460 202970 for more details.