A team of people from Deloitte in Cambridge have been doing their bit for the local community by giving up their time to help out at various community projects.
Deloitte volunteers lend a hand to local community
More than 60 volunteers from the business advisory firm swapped their suits for civvies to take part in the Community Day, which is held every year by Deloitte.
For the first project, employees helped with gardening and running the lunch club for the elderly at the Centre at St Paul’s community centre on Hills Road, as well as helping to organise books in the centre’s library.
The second project saw the Deloitte volunteers painting fences and weeding flowerbeds and borders at Morley Memorial Primary School, in Cambridge, while the third group helped staff and residents from the Winter Comfort for the Homeless weave willow garden sculptures.
Winter Comfort runs Winter Willow, a social enterprise based on willow craft which offers opportunities for occupation, training and employment across a range of disciplines including conservation, design, craft sales, marketing and distribution.
The willow products, which, as well as garden sculptures, include baskets and eco-coffins, are sold to raise funds for the shelter.
Richard Knights, office senior partner at Deloitte in Cambridge, said: “The Community Day is a great opportunity for employees to give something back to the local community and to learn new skills.
“As well as being a benefit to the organisations and projects we help, for the volunteers it’s a valuable experience in working with different groups and managing people outside the office environment.
“The feedback we receive, from both staff and the organisations, is always positive, which makes it worthwhile.”
The Deloitte Community Day is a national initiative, which has been running since 2005, and forms part of the firm’s Community Initiative Programme.
Around 2,800 volunteers from Deloitte across the UK took part in the Community Day this year.
The Deloitte Cambridge office comprises 8 Partners and over 250 staff who deliver a full range of professional services to the East Anglian region. As well as focussing on the life sciences and technology sectors for which the region has become so renowned, the office has long standing specialisms in other sectors including the professions, consumer business, food and agribusiness.