"It's great for us to get time out of the office and make a difference."
Hewlett Packard's Nicola Taylor
Tech firms in the M4 corridor known as "Britain's Silicon Valley" swapped bytes for brooms as they volunteered to help out in Norwood's residential services.
14 employees from Hewlett-Packard (HP) and almost 60 employees from Vodafone headed over to Norwood Ravenswood in Crowthorne last week. Norwood Ravenswood supports 130 adults with a range of learning disabilities, in small individual homes.
Volunteers got stuck in straight away, brightening up offices with a lick of paint, clearing courtyards and cutting back plants outside.
Hewlett Packard's Nicola Taylor said the whole team had a great time. "Everyone said they really enjoyed it. It's great for us to get time out of the office and make a difference."
As well as being a huge help to the staff and residents, Nicola said her team benefited as well. "Volunteering brings us closer together and we get to know each other better while helping the community. We had a fantastic day – it was really worth it."
Simon Harries, Head of Legal Patents at Vodafone, explained that the team spend a day volunteering every year. He said: "It's highly rewarding and a great team building exercise! You get the benefits of throwing people into unusual situations and it's good to do something that has a direct, positive impact."
Norwood has lots of volunteer opportunities in London and across the South East. To find out more about "team building with a difference" contact Jane Phillips on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8809 8809