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Date: 4th March 2019
Subject: Volunteers Help to Brighten a Dull Day
Volunteers from local company Pfizer braved the first day of rain for over a week to help The Borrow Centre in Cowplain paint their very long fence around the outside of their building.
The Borrow Centre is part of the Age Concern federation and aims to support older people in the community. The friendly centre runs activities for older people to help prevent social isolation and actively promotes wellbeing and independence.
The fence surrounding the building was looking very tired and needed some attention. Pfizer take part in a rolling programme of volunteering facilitated by Community First and have been a fantastic support to many organisations over a number of years. They were very happy to send a team of employees to The Borrow Centre to spend a morning painting the fence.
Sharon from Pfizer enjoys taking part in volunteering events and said “We have enjoyed our morning at The Borrow Centre, I have been particularly impressed with the number of volunteers they have helping at the centre on a regular basis. At Pfizer we all work different shift patterns, so a volunteering day is a great opportunity to meet and get to know our colleagues we would not normally have a chance to work with, whilst helping out with the great organisations and charities that exist in our community.”
On the day Pfizer visited, a special lunch was taking place for around 50 visitors. Nikki from Pfizer said, “It’s been lovely to see all the visitors enjoying a free fish and chip lunch, in memory of the life of one of the centre’s volunteers.”
Centre Manager Liz Wood was delighted with the work from the team saying “Thank you to the volunteers from Pfizer, we really appreciate their help. The freshly painted fence looks great and enhances the approach to the centre. Volunteers are vital to the smooth running of our centre which is 95% self-funded so any help we can get is valued”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01730 774057.