- Volunteer to get involved in your local community
- Help out with soup kitchens, forestry management and charities
- Many companies give employees 'charity days' to use each year for volunteer work
At LV= we give our employees 'holiday matching' of up to two and a half days a year to use with local communities or charities. Time off to volunteer helps our people not only supporting some wonderful projects, they also develop new skills.
Taking on a challenge in the community is a great way to bring our people together and improve communication. It’s also a great way to support good causes in the local area with much needed help and resource. Whether it’s a small team or whole department, we help support groups to go out and make a difference.
In 2014 our people spent more than 3,000 hours helping local communities. And this year we’re doing even more. Some of the things we helped our communities with are:
40 of our people headed to the Harbour Challenge outdoor education centre in Poole to help with general building maintenance including painting, sanding down and treating woodwork. They also built a 40ft long, 8ft tall climbing wall!
Good Food Matters
We helped out with various tasks at the Good Food Matters, the local food learning centre in Croydon helps the community by educating and training people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, how to grow, cook and market home-grown produce.
Girl Guide's boatshed spring tidy
Quite a few of our people helped the Girl Guides with a ‘spring tidy’ at the Guide’s boatshed in Poole. The team chose this challenge as one of the members has three daughters who have all attended Girl Guides events at the boatshed.
The team helped with applying wood preserve to the building exterior, clearing bushes and giving the interior a fresh coat of paint.
"Very many thanks to you and all your team from LV, you have done a great job. The grounds are looking so much tidier, we seem to have more room and the meeting room are looking fresher. Your LV Team has made a real difference." Lynda Hurrell, Poole Division Guide
Lockwood Scar riverside
A ten strong team of employees volunteered to help out with the tidying up of the local Lockwood Scar riverside in Huddersfield including path and cycle routes with the Greenstreams project.
Greenstreams is a project that relies on the support of local businesses, communities and individual volunteers in order to improve access for recreational use to the River Colne and to improve the quality of the riverside environment for wildlife and the local community.
The team worked alongside Jeff Keenlyside from Environmental Alliance and rolled their sleeves up and got their gardening tools out to help with litter picking, tree felling, bramble pruning and general tidying of the pathway and cycle route.
Embassy Youth Centre for Bournemouth Gateway
One of our Bournemouth teams spent two days at the Embassy Youth Centre for Bournemouth Gateway. The local Mencap group use the centre to provide activities, clubs and social opportunities for adults with learning or related difficulties.
The building was in a poor state and needed a complete internal make-over. The team wanted to give something back to the local community, deciding on this challenge not only gave them the opportunity to use their general DIY skills but it also gave the building a new lease of life.
It can now be used by the club during the day for their own activities and be rented out in the evenings to increase their revenue.