(Blackburn, 25th April 2017), Blackburn based global education technology supplier, Promethean, recently held a staff Volunteer Day, to encourage employees to give something back to the local community.
The aim of the day was to help St Georges Scout Group improve their recently leased land in the Mill Hill area for use as an outdoor activity centre. “We have taken a muddy field and been developing it so that we can make an outdoor activity space for our Scout Group and also the wider local community,” said Lee Arrandale, Group Scout Leader at St Georges Scouts.
So far the Group has cleared enough space to make way for catapult, tomahawk and archery ranges as well as adding fire pits and general activity areas, however the Scouts needed a hand with painting and staining a field shelter, creating a new gravel pathway across the land, and planting trees. The Scouts also had some baths which are being used for raised beds that needed to be dug into the ground and secured in place. “The aim of this is to teach our Scout Group about growing their own food and taking care of allotment vegetables, we thought using old baths provided a quirky touch,” continued Lee.
Around 20 staff members spent the day clearing the field and assisting with the tasks in hand. Amy Wolski, People and Culture Advisor at Promethean who organised the day, said, “It was great to see everyone coming together and working to help make the space a better place, not just for St Georges Scouts but for other local community groups too. Around 1,000 children in total will be using the fields and will benefit from the work the Promethean team has done. It’s provided us all with a great sense of achievement and it was nice to get out of an office atmosphere and get stuck-in to some outdoor activity!”
Lee Arrandale concluded, “We are overwhelmed with the support from the Promethean team, the space is really looking in great shape now. All our volunteers have full-time jobs so we’ve been making slow progress, Promethean’s help has put us in a great position to be able to use the fields for more activities and community projects.”
This is the third Volunteer Day Promethean has held, previous days have involved building steps and clearing pathways at Waddow Hall, and helping to clear the inside of the Victorian Conservatory at Corporation Park, Blackburn.
If you’re a community group that has a project you need help with, you can get in touch with Amy at Promethean, email [email protected].