Over 400 people took part in a one-day volunteering event to give something back to local communities. RCT Homes staff participated in projects across Rhondda Cynon Taff as part of this employee volunteering event.
Hundreds of business volunteers, including over 120 RCT Homes staff, the most ever, took part in Business in the Community’s (BITC) Give & Gain Day, a UK and International Volunteering Day. The aim of the event was to make a real and tangible difference to the physical appearance of neighbourhoods and to develop the relationship between staff from the housing organisation and local residents.
Staff from RCT Homes took to the streets with colleagues from GE Aviation Wales, Jehu Project Services, LCB Construction, Finance Wales and R&M Williams to transform community spaces in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
With eight projects running on the one day teams pulled out all the stops to complete the projects. At Ely Valley Community Sports Park in Tonyrefail over 100 volunteers were involved in painting the perimeter fencing, laying chippings on paths around the 3G pitches and creating an organic play area.
A further project took place at Springfield in Cae Fardre, Church Village, where an unused and dilapidated green space was transformed. RCT Homes staff worked alongside volunteers from Jehu Project Services who are currently delivering their new build development in the area, as well as number of partners including Hugh James, Strongs Partnership and Asbri Planning BRC Jobs and Tony King Architects.
The second largest project took place at Bryncelynnog School in Beddau to improve the look of the school. RCT Homes partners, including Asbri Planning, BRC, Le Trucco, Strongs, Morganstone and Tom Pritchard worked tirelessly prepping the railings for the project weeks before to make sure everything was ready for the volunteers’. On the day volunteers gave a fresh look to the are by painting the large amount of railings around the school.
Projects also took place at Tenants & Residents bases in Trebanog and Maerdy where volunteers worked hard to give their buildings a new lease of life with the aim of engaging and involve more people in their communities.
Other projects included Food Revolution Day where school pupils across five schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf participated in healthy eating activities in partnership with the Jamie Oliver Foundation and BITC, as well as a community garden project at Bodringallt Primary School and hanging baskets in Pontypridd Town Centre.
Earlier in 2016 RCT Homes had its Business in the Community Wales’ Responsible Large Business of the Year Award reaccredited, and won the Building Stronger Communities Award for the sustained impact of the regeneration Penygraig town centre – which took place during Give & Gain Day 2015.
Tracey Cooke, Community Regeneration Project Manager at RCT Homes said;
“Last Friday’s Give and Gain Day was a massive success in terms of volunteering hours. Staff who may normally spend their working day at a computer or on the phone got their hands dirty and helped transform areas for the community across 8 projects on the day. The RCT Homes project Team Leaders of each project were exceptional and demonstrated great teamwork”.
“Working alongside local people and other businesses, including our contractors, is a great opportunity for RCT Homes to give something back and make a practical difference. I must thank everyone who got involved on the day and helped make it such as success.”
Give & Gain Day 2016 is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering and is coordinated by Business in the Community – the business-led charity that stands for responsible business. Give & Gain Day is a celebration of the power and potential of employee volunteering. Held on 20th May this year, Give & Gain Day saw volunteers from companies across Wales working on projects that can make a real difference to people’s lives.