KC Contact Centres help revive community garden with help of local businesses

Sun Oct 30, 2011

KC Contact Centres help revive community garden with help of local businesses

When a team of employees from KC Contact Centres started to plan a team building challenge, they knew they wanted their challenge to give something back to the local community.

With the support of Business in the Community’s (BITC) business volunteering programme, Hull & Humber KC Cares, the team found a project at The Green Way Primary School to work in partnership with.

Sarah Cappleman, KC Training Consultant, was one of the two team leaders on The Green Way Primary School, she said: “We visited the school with the Hull & Humber KC Cares team and we knew it was the perfect project for us. The eco-school opened in 2008 and was awarded Green Flag Status, an international programme that ensures schools put sustainable at the heart of the school life, in January 2011. The sensory garden they wanted help with was run down and needed some TLC.”

The challenge wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity and support of local businesses who donated various supplies. The 18 volunteers from The Green Way School challenge were supported by MKM, B&Q, Tyremen, Colletta & Tyson, Morris’s and Crown Paints, who even sent down extra volunteers to help.

The project had previously been supported by KC Construction, A-Plant Swanland Nurseries, Henleys Nurseries, and Rainbow Gardens.

KC Contact Centres Business Analyst Paul Dannatt shared the team leader role with Sarah, he said: “Our team work on different projects and accounts so our team building challenge gave us the opportunity to work together to achieve one goal, improve our communication skills and help Sarah and I progress our people management skills. Despite the weather, which wasn’t on our side first thing, the challenge was a great success. It was great to see the children in the garden and enjoying what we had created together as a team.”

The Green Way Primary School headteacher Mrs Elizabeth Wilson said: “As a Green Flag school our outside spaces are extremely important to us. Our pupils learn how to respect their environment, so for them to see the volunteers from KC doing exactly the same and helping us to improve our sensory garden was just fantastic. The volunteers worked through horrible down pours but they kept going and the end result is brilliant. I can’t wait for our pupils to be able to use the garden again,”

Anna Millar, KC Community Relations Manager said: “Within days of each other, we had requests to find community projects for two team building challenges. Working in partnership with a community group in this way is a fantastic win win situation; our people got an immense amount out of their challenges from a development point of view and by being able to give something back. And the two community partners got tasks and jobs done that they would struggle to complete with their limited resources and time.

“The teams had a fantastic day at each of their challenges, I would urge other businesses to take a different look at team building opportunities in the future to find something worthwhile and they won’t have to look far, our team didn’t.”

To find out more about how to get involved in the Hull & Humber KC Cares programme please call Tessa Wray, KC Cares Business Manager on (01482) 638610 or email tessa.wray@bitc.org.uk

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