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The Difference a Day Makes!

04/10/2017

A fantastic team of volunteers gave up their time for a day in September to decorate the hall at Leigh Park Community Centre.

Leigh Park Community Centre is used for many group activities and can be hired out for private functions. The centre is currently undergoing a programme of renovations and development in order to provide the surrounding area with a welcome and inviting community space for the local people to enjoy.

Employees from a local pharmaceutical company Pfizer joined volunteers from the Positive Pathways Project to take on the huge job of painting the central hall, which was looking tired and has not been decorated for many years.  Positive Pathways, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, works with people in Havant who need a little bit of help to volunteer in their community, to increase participation in volunteering especially for those who are long term unemployed or who want to reconnect with their community but do not have the confidence to do it alone.  Working in partnership with Pfizer was a great experience for all, helping to break down barriers and an opportunity to learn a new skill.

Pfizer take part in a rolling program of volunteer events around the Havant area organised by Community First and have helped many charities and organisations. Lorraine a volunteer with Pfizer said, “It’s great to see the centre being updated. My family has lived in this area all their lives and have used the centre for many functions in the past, it has been rewarding to be able to make a difference and to be a part of the renovations.” Martin from Pfizer said, “I’ve enjoyed today, it’s nice to give something back that will benefit people from the community.”

Facilities Manager at Leigh Park Community Centre, Dan Moore said, “We are so grateful to the volunteers for their hard work and enthusiasm, they have made a huge difference to the hall making it a brighter and more inviting space for our visitors to enjoy. The support from local businesses such as Pfizer is invaluable, and we thank them for giving up their time for us”.

Without the support of local businesses, many charity and community groups would struggle. For more information about how you can get involved with the employee volunteering scheme contact Rachel Taylor at Rachel.taylor@cfirst.org.uk or telephone 0300 500 8085 Ext 9724.

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