Harlington Hospice Team Volunteering Day
On Friday 9 March, 10 members of staff from the Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) visited Harlington Hospice for a team volunteering day.
As part of Brunel Volunteers staff volunteering scheme, the PCC had been looking for a team project and the opportunity to redecorate two rooms in the oldest part of the Hospice was ideal. With a brand new wing recently completed, the old part of the hospice was in need of a makeover so the team set to work to redecorate a lymphoedema massage treatment room and a bereavement counselling room. Armed with paint, brushes, rollers and lots of tea and cake, the PCC volunteers transformed the two rooms throughout the day and they are now fresh and welcoming spaces where the Hospice staff can deliver much needed services.
Kate Croucher, Acting Director of the PCC commented 'Many PCC staff are already active volunteers in their communities but we wanted to come together as a department to support a local project. Brunel's staff volunteering policy has enabled us to do this. As a group we were able to make much more of an impact and as well as knowing we had made a real difference to an extremely valuable and under resourced project, it was also a day of team building and great fun. The work we have done is just the start and we hope to develop a long term relationship with the staff and service users at Harlington Hospice.'
Great fun was had by all and the success of the day has already sparked plans to go back and tackle the garden whilst individual members of the department have made other commitments to support the work of the hospice.
To find out more about staff volunteering opportunities, please contact Lindsey Topham, Brunel Volunteers Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.