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Volunteering In the Season of Goodwill


Date: 10th December 2018
Subject: Volunteering In the Season of Goodwill

YMCA Fairthorne Manor is a unique outdoor activity centre set in approximately 83 acres of beautiful Curdridge countryside.  Fairthorne hosts a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities to positively engage children and young adults.

Having such a large area to cover, volunteers are particularly welcome at YMCA Fairthorne to help and ensure the smooth running of the site.  For a day in December a group of 21 volunteers from one of the local offices of Indra gave up their time to undertake some essential maintenance.

Indra is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technological partner for core business operations of its customers worldwide. The office in Whiteley is focussed on delivering air traffic management systems to clients across Europe. They are currently developing a new flight data processing system for NATS, which will go live in 2020. Community First were delighted to work with the Indra employees based out of their Whiteley office finding volunteering opportunities for them.

The group were split into two teams; the larger team were tasked with painting the large shower and toilet block in the centre of the site used for groups of children taking part in outdoor challenges. The second group were kept busy helping with decorations and making up welcome packs for Fairthorne’s Christmas trail.

Hamilton Gross, Technical Services Manager with Indra said, “This has been a fantastic volunteering activity which has helped our employees bond with the local community. In addition, it has been good to get out and spend time with our colleagues. Thank you to Community First and YMCA Fairthorne for organising this day for us.”

Jo Pike, Community Manager at YMCA said, “It’s great to work with different people from the community and we are grateful to the volunteers giving up their time to help us with maintenance and event preparation. With their help, it means we can expand our wider community work. Indra have been good fun and very creative and we thank them for their hard work and enthusiasm.”

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 or telephone 01730 774057.



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