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Date: 6 June 2019
Subject: Volunteering – A Gift to the Community!
The setting was beautiful and the weather perfect for a group of nine volunteers from local company Pfizer to help at Billy’s Lake, Waterlooville.
The Billy’s Lake Project is a local community initiative to improve and maintain the formerly neglected body of water and surrounding woodland area situated in Waterlooville, known as Billy’s Lake.
Over the last few years, a fantastic team of volunteers have worked hard to make the area into a tranquil place for locals to enjoy. With a huge amount of tasks to be constantly undertaken, the group are always grateful for help from extra volunteers. Pfizer, a large pharmaceutical company based in Havant, have been supporting the project for the last few years as part of Community First’s Employee Volunteering Scheme. They are always willing, enthusiastic and keen to get stuck in.
On this sunny day in May, the tasks were to install two benches around the lake. The benches are made from recycled plastic; a great way to reuse materials that otherwise would be thrown away, a hot topic in the press recently. The team also cleared an area that will be used to create a wildflower garden.
Gordon a volunteer from Pfizer said, “It’s been my first time volunteering and it has been a great experience so much better than I expected. The weather could not have been better and it has been great working in such a beautiful environment.” The regular volunteers at Billy’s Lake are a fantastic group to work with and it has been good to spend time with my colleagues in a totally different setting, I would thoroughly recommend everyone takes up volunteering to help their community.”
Roger a volunteer with the Billy’s Lake Project was so pleased with the help from Pfizer saying “ the amount of work that the team have achieved today has saved us so much time and means we can we can move bigger projects forward beyond general maintenance. Having a different group of volunteers joining us gives our small team a bit of a boost and makes us feel like we are not so alone in what we are trying to achieve.”
If you are a community project and would like the help of a business, or you are a business that would like to do something similar in your local community, contact Rachel Taylor at Community First firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01730 774057.