Investing in our communities

Our volunteering stories

We encourage our people to get out and about – volunteering for local charities and good causes

To do this our people have the option to use paid volunteering days. They can take up to two days each year via our ‘time off to volunteer’ policy.

We’d like to share volunteering stories from our three offices across the UK:

Bradninch Cricket Club in Exeter

July 2022

Six volunteers from our Exeter office spent two days sprucing up Bradninch Cricket Club. They were delighted to do this for the benefit of the community and the club's cricket players, which include youth teams ranging from 5 to 15 years old.

Jon, lead business change analyst here at LV= organised the volunteering days at Kensham Club, where Bradninch Cricket Club play their games, and he told us what the team got up to.

“There was a long list of tasks the cricket club asked us to help with – we managed to complete them all and more. It was great to be able to do some great work for the local kids and their families, plus we had some fantastic weather.”

During their two day volunteering, the team transformed the cricket club. They sanded and stained the benches and weeded, swept and tidied the driveway and patio. They pressure washed the floor of the toilets/changing rooms, cleared and tidied up the fire escape route and painted the rear of the club house.  And finally, as it was so hot, they watered all the hanging baskets, flowers and plant pots too!

The team had a great time together and the cricket club were so pleased with the end result!

“It was such a pleasure to have the team from LV= here and they did an amazing job” – Chris Dean, Bradninch Cricket Club Chairman.

Bournemouth Beach Cleans

Summer 2022

As part of our carbon offsetting initiative, we partnered with environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage to participate in their Million Mile Clean campaign. We organised a series of beach cleans during the summer months for our Bournemouth colleagues to take part in.

A total of seven cleans took place that covered beaches from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head – that’s over seven miles.

Over 100 of our LV= colleagues took to their local beaches, joined by members of the public too.

Christchurch Infant School

June 2022

Colleagues from our business change department in Bournemouth, split into two teams and spent a day each reinvigorating a local school. They re-built, scrubbed, painted and re-located various outdoor areas and outbuildings for Christchurch Infant School.

Dave, LV= programme manager and organiser of this volunteering told us what the experience was like for the two teams.

“All the team agreed that this was hard work. And at times we thought we had taken on too much! But having a team from the project management office, business analysts and project managers all working together we completed all tasks on-time and within budget, as promised. It was very rewarding and we all had a great time."

They even got a mention in the school’s newsletter which said:

“We are very grateful for the community volunteer work that Liverpool Victoria staff carried out which included the painting of and fixing of sheds, gazebos and bird keeps.”

Hitchin Youth Allotment project

May 2022

Five green-fingered volunteers from our Hitchin office spent the day gardening for the Hitchin Youth Allotment project where children grow fruit and vegetables, learn gardening skills and get involved in a hands-on way.

LV= solution architect Tom, organised the volunteering team day. We talked to him about what they got up to and what the day meant to them all.

“A beautiful sunny morning welcomed the team as we started on the first task of the day, digging out the jungle of weeds that had taken over the fruit tree patch. After a few hours of determined digging and weeding, the site was cleared. Then powered on by the well-deserved BBQ lunch, we put down a protective membrane before finally covering the area in a ton of wood chippings. Now the project can finally utilise the space with the children they support.”

All the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed giving back to their local community, supporting such a great cause. Being surrounded by nature was good for both their physical and mental wellbeing. Here’s what the rest of the team had to say:

“We had such a wonderful day giving back to the local community! Fresh air, sunshine and a really well run project. This was also a fantastic team building exercise and I would highly recommend my colleagues to come along to the next one!" – Jas, LV= senior project manager.

All of the team are really looking forward to arranging another visit soon to the Hitchin Youth Allotment project.