At Camelot we are passionate about changing lives and supporting our local community, that’s why our volunteering programme is so important. By allowing every employee to take two days per year to volunteer with one of our partner charities we give them the opportunity to feel better connected to the good causes we support. As an organisation we are proud to deliver around £30million each week to Good Causes, but nothing is more powerful than spending a day with one of those causes, getting to know the people, understanding their purpose and getting stuck in with some good old fashioned hard work!
To celebrate #VolunteersWeek we’ll be sharing stories about some of our volunteers to highlight the amazing work they do in the local community. Recently, members of our finance team headed over to Watford Mencap to lend a hand with some DIY projects. Ravi, who was part of the team, tells us what happened...
What we did
A group of 9 of us went to the Mencap centre in Watford on Monday 14th May to offer our hands and hearts for the day. Watford Mencap is a charity that is passionate about and committed to changing the world for everyone with a learning disability. After a brief introduction where we learnt more about the truly amazing work Watford Mencap does, we were all eager to get stuck in.
How we did it
We spent the day outdoors in the glorious May sunshine painting the inside and outside of the shed and the fences that run all the way down the garden area of the Mencap Children’s Centre. It was quite an ambitious plan as we weren't equipped with state of the art materials, but we improvised and worked hard as a team to achieve our shared goal. We were determined not to leave until the job was done!
How we felt afterward
As well as earning a tan after spending the day in the sun, we all felt a real sense of achievement and pride when we looked over the garden, as we had clearly injected some real colour and life into it which we knew the children would love. The Mencap staff were also overjoyed when they saw the results at the end of the day, it was like being on an episode of 'DIY SOS!'. Before we left the Watford Mencap team provided us with certificates to thank us for our hard work and shared a post on their facebook page with our group picture (which you can see by visiting the Camelot Careers Facebook page).
I couldn't recommend volunteering more. It was a day away from the office (which is always great), but a meaningful one - it allowed us to get to know each other in a different capacity, in addition to feeling closer to the good causes that Camelot so passionately fund and support. I feel very lucky that Camelot not only provide employees with opportunities like this but that they actively encourage it.
As Camelot provide us with two days a year to do volunteering work, I am already looking to sign up for another day and I know the others in the group feel just as keen.
Well done to the finance team for doing such a great job and thanks to Watford Mencap for having us (and for providing ice lollies in the hot sun!). Want to get involved? Check out our current opportunities here.