Sharon and her colleagues took part in volunteering as part of their corporate volunteering. She shares her experience and benefits of volunteering.
I work for a company called Ipsos MORI. We’re a very large organisation based in London and Harrow. I work within a small team called ‘Responding Responsibly,’ and our aim is to get as many people as possible out volunteering in the community. The company allow us two days per year to go out there and do something good for someone. It was my mission to increase the number of days staff volunteer, so that’s when I contacted #TeamHerts Volunteering.
The guys at #TeamHerts were more than happy to help, and arranged for me to speak to a contact at Cancer Research. They were looking for volunteers to help set up the Race for Life ‘Pretty Muddy’ Event in Cassiobury Park. It was my task to find a team of 6 volunteers to spend the day in Cassiobury Park, helping in any way we could.
The team at Cancer Research gave us a huge warm welcome, our own volunteer t-shirts and refreshments to get us started. We blew up huge space hoppers for the event (obviously had to have a go on one of those!) and it was fantastic fun. We fenced off the spectator areas, erected the gazebos and mapped out the race course with pink ribbon.
The best thing about the day was working with some Ipsos staff that we hadn’t actually met before volunteering together. Some of the Ipsos team had only spoken via email before that day, but volunteering together really broke the ice and we became a much stronger unit. We had fun, were made to feel welcome and felt more energised than just sitting in the office! Best of all was the great feeling of comradery we all felt on the day. This has continued in our working lives too, as we found new friends through our shared volunteering experience. We enjoyed it so much that we’re going again this year and we can’t wait.
I would recommend getting a group of people together from any company and having a day out doing something good in your community. It not only gives you a rewarding glow that you’ve helped in some way, but you might also find new friends you may never have otherwise gotten to know (even sitting on the next bank of desks!)