This week, Hope Construction Materials’ employees completed 100 days of voluntary work, as part of the organisation’s Hope for Others initiative.
The scheme sees Hope employees partake in charity work, with the organisation offering two fully paid days leave to each employee per year.
Hope staff are encouraged to choose activities or causes that most resonate with them. The 100 days of voluntary work ranged from DIY activities, painting, decorating, cleaning, gardening, collection of wildlife data, races, physical challenges, and foster care training.
Beneficiary organisations have varied depending on the team or employees’ connections and interests, and have included several local hospices, the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Derbyshire Local Authority, and Rossington Riding for the Disabled.
Hope employees have also carried out skills-based volunteering, providing interview skills training to a local college.
Cara Mills, regional director central, said: “Volunteering is an excellent team building activity and really makes you drop any barriers that you may have had. It is also a great stress release.
“At the end of the day you leave feeling immense pride and worth, having given something back to the community, and it doesn’t end there – you end up creating a strong friendship with people in the local community, which is really what Hope is about.”
Amit Bhatia, chairman, said: “I’ve always believed that people want to help others but often simply don’t have the time to do so. That’s why we launched Hope for Others – we want to give our employees the time and support that they need to carry out the projects that are closest to their hearts.
“I’m delighted we have reached 100 days of helping, and now we have real momentum I expect we’ll complete another 100 fairly soon and it won’t be long until we’re celebrating 1000 days.”