UBM's volunteering day success
They took on the challenge of cooking dinner for 30 local elderly residents at Blackfriars Settlement where their shepherd’s pie and chocolate brownies went down a treat. In the afternoon a quiz round and Bingo was played. Some lovely prizes were won but the real win was in the relationships grown over the course of the day as the locals told the team some of their stories of living in the area over the years.
If that wasn’t enough UBM also split into teams helping out with some local greening initiatives as part of Bankside Urban Forest ranging from planting shrubs, spring flowering bulbs and native wildflower seeds, weeding and some litter picking around the sites.
This is a great example of a local business connecting with the local community but also for the teams to get to know their colleagues better.
"For us as a team this was our first time engaging in a CSR initiative that didn’t involve direct fundraising or ‘donating’ to a charitable organisation as such. What made this exercise special was the fact that we as an organisation were getting up close and personal with locals and goodwill organisations that would otherwise have been ‘faceless’ to us as individuals. By taking it upon ourselves to organise lunch and engage in afternoon activities at the Blackfriars Settlement, we saved the organisation money (by buying the ingredients for the lunch itself), met the local residents and bonded as a team (think Masterchef combined with the Apprentice).
Additionally, assisting with the upkeep of the surrounding area (via the gardening initiative through Better Bankside) has helped our employees to develop a long term connection with the area which they otherwise might not have had. We have all vowed to revisit the public areas where we planted bulbs in the new year" Catherine Arhin-Ofori.
If you would like to get your organisation involved with the community in some way or indeed if you have an opportunity looking for volunteers then sak [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Connecting%20with%20the%20local%20community) (contact us).
In recognition of their efforts Better Bankside are delighted to offer UBM our Bankside Star accreditation.