Highlights from corporate volunteering

21 August 2019

Priya Sorathia is Norwood’s employee volunteering manager, community engagement and volunteering. In practice, her role involves working with existing corporate partners and growing these relationships, while also identifying and working with new corporate partners to deliver company volunteers into our services. More widely, her role also involves exploring opportunities to work more strategically with our corporate partners, such as through fundraising opportunities and opportunities to engage their staff through more skilled volunteering projects.

Here is Your Norwood’s first round-up of some of Priya and her team’s recent projects…

Revitalising Ravenswood

 Norwood was delighted when, for the first time ever, volunteers from Johnson & Johnson spent the day at Ravenswood putting their gardening and painting skills to excellent use.

The 13 volunteers split into two teams. While one group focused on weeding, digging a new flower bed and planting beautiful flowers in residential home Pamela Barnett’s front and back gardens, the other group spent the day at Beiteinu home, giving two solid pine dressers a new shabby chic look. Stacey Joyce, home manger of Beiteinu says: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers who worked hard to achieve great results, making the furniture fit in beautifully. The whole home feels lighter and brighter for the people who live here. The guys are thrilled with the results.”

Before and after

Meanwhile, Rob Simmons, assistant manager at Pamela Barnett, says: “The team from Johnson & Johnson worked so hard to brighten up the path leading to our front door and to rejuvenate some other areas around the home that were starting to look a little tired. What was very noticeable was the team spirit and fun that they injected into their work throughout the day. The new borders are already providing a striking visual display that I know will be appreciated by those that live in Pamela Barnett and the weeded patios are now a much more inviting space to spend time. On behalf of everyone at Pamela Barnett, thank you to the whole team for their hard work and dedication. It is very much appreciated.”

Creating colour at Kennedy Leigh

Nine volunteers from Vodafone completed their first London volunteering project at our Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon, following the success of regular team activities by volunteers from their Bracknell and Newbury sites.

Despite the sweltering heat, the nine newbies did a fantastic job tidying up the back garden, sanding and staining fencing, laying bark chippings and painting toadstools.

Julie Marcow, Kennedy Leigh Family Centre manager, says: “Thank you so much to Vodafone for pruning and trimming our garden shrubs back so beautifully; for painting our new fence which protects our fruit, vegetables and mint; and for painting logs to perch on around the garden. What a fabulous day!” 

Makeover makes marked difference at Ravenswood

Twenty volunteers from 3M Bracknell spent the day at Ravenswood, gardening, painting walls and restoring wooden furniture to transform the living environment of residents from The Elms and Eretz homes.

In addition to trimming overgrown shrubs, planting flowers, tidying the gardens, sanding and staining furniture, and painting corridors in lighter, brighter shades, the conscientious volunteers also covered the full costs of all the materials, which came to £250. Mark Sklar, home manager of The Elms, said: “None of this would have been possible without the team’s hard work.”

The residents of both homes very much enjoyed meeting the volunteers, especially Fred, who had a great time supervising the team and doing a spot of painting himself.

This was the second project undertaken by 3M at Ravenswood in 2019, with a third happening later in the year at one of Norwood’s supported living services in Hendon.