Eight employees of Brierley Hill-based Eaton Corporation gave up a day this week (Wednesday 6th August) to volunteer at The Thomas Pocklington Trust in Stourbridge.
A ‘normal’ work day for the Eaton managers would be as part of a 270-strong workforce manufacturing interior and exterior trim for some of the world’s leading car makers. But for one day, they downed their pens, closed their spreadsheets and instead pulled on wellies, picked up shovels, pushed rakes and wheeled wheelbarrows to clear an overgrown area of paths and shrubbery within the five acres of grounds surrounding the Pocklington Trust building.
The Pocklington Trust offers local people with sight loss an opportunity to make new friends in a friendly and supportive environment, encouraging the development of new interests and hobbies and reducing social isolation. The external grounds are an essential part of the sensory experience for people with sight loss and the clearing work by the Eaton volunteers has enabled users to have safer access to the former walled garden.
What did the Thomas Pocklington Trust think of the experience? Ann Evett said:
“The whole experience was a win win one. We had the opportunity to raise awareness of our charity and the needs of our service users. Eaton had a brilliant team building day, resulting in the sensory garden looking and sounding amazing. Thank you to the Volunteer Centre for pulling it all together “
One of the Eaton volunteers, Dale Webb, said:
‘’the Eaton plant is officially on shut down, but giving up a day to aid the great work the Thomas Pocklington Trust does was something we all agreed to do without persuasion. It’s also been a great team-building exercise for the eight of us outside of our usual working environment. We will certainly encourage more of our work colleagues to volunteer their time in the future.”
Do your employees or workmates have a desire to do a Team Challenge similar to Dale and his colleagues? Contact Eileen Fielding at Dudley Council for Voluntary Services and she will seek to match your wishes with a suitable voluntary organisation in need of helping hands. Telephone 01384 573381.