Ascot Racecourse and Beaufort Financial, Business Philanthropy Club (BPC) Members, have been making the most of their employee volunteering schemes to support the over-stretched voluntary sector in Berkshire.
BCF offers volunteer support to BPC members and are delighted to have recently placed 20 volunteers in our local community.
Over 15 volunteers from Ascot Racecourse, who in 2018 were given an allowance of one day per year in order to participate in volunteer activities, have made the most of their employee volunteering day to help Slough Foodbank. The teams of between 5 and 7 volunteers assisted Heather, the Warehouse Manager who has been volunteering for almost 6 years, with sorting and re-packing donations received.
Non-perishable foodstuff was sorted into different food types, i.e. bags of rice, tinned meat products and tinned fruit etc. All products were then sorted and stored by the month and year of the Best Before date ready for sending to their distribution centres. With a turnover of 3 tons each week, with peak donations at Christmas and Harvest Festival, the Foodbank were still sorting deliveries from December 2018; so the Ascot volunteers were a huge help. It is now all sorted and we have a tidy warehouse again.
Sue Sibany-King, Manager – Slough Foodbank
Beaufort Financial launched their employee volunteering initiative in September to enable employees to get engaged with the local community and give something back.
Mark Dolby, Director at Beaufort Financial, had a rewarding volunteering day at Eight Bells for Mental Health helping their dedicated team of volunteers at the members support sessions.
The numbers attending their Drop In sessions has been rising substantially and the group are hugely appreciative of funding and support from BCF. The money has enabled them to provide peer support and advocacy training for more experienced and longer-serving members so they can help new and more vulnerable people access the service.
We had almost 40 service users in that day all struggling with a range of mental health issues, his visit made a positive impact on many of them. They are already asking when he’s coming for a return visit.
The numbers attending our Drop In sessions has been rising substantially and we are hugely appreciative of funding from the Berkshire Community Foundation. This has meant us being able to support more and more people in the community battling mental health issues and their families and carers. We are also grateful to our dedicated team of volunteers who devote their time to our charity and it’s members, we would struggle to run without them.”
Kathryn Dundas, Eight Bells for Mental Health Coordinator
Other members of the Beaufort Financial team have volunteered their time to support other local groups, including Sebastian’s Action Trust and Camp Mohawk.
The Business Philanthropy Club brings businesses together to give effectively and efficiently helping those in need in the County along with providing dedicated staff volunteer support, as well as exclusive networking opportunities. Employee Volunteering strengthens the over-stretched charity sector and enhances the service received by those in need in our community.