The 30th of September 2016 represents a very special day for Albert Goodman; our 150th birthday. As we made plans to celebrate , we reflected on the importance of giving back both to our staff, and to the local community. For the past 150 years, we’ve worked with the people and business communities of the South-West and felt it would be appropriate to work with local organisations important to our area who could benefit from some additional support. When asked if they would like to be provided with an additional days ‘volunteering leave’ where they could spend a day out of the office volunteering on a project of their choice, the response from our staff was a resounding yes! Staff across our offices were formed into groups representing each office and asked to arrange a volunteering day of their choice.
So far staff from our Taunton, Chard and Bridgwater offices have helped refurbish furniture for St Margeret’s Somerset Hospice and staff from our Burnham and Weston-super-Mare offices helped Weston Hospice tidy up the hospice garden. Yvette Sinclair from our Taunton-based financial planning team commented that her volunteering experience was “A perfect day to help a very worthwhile cause. Gave us the feel good factor and gave St Margaret’s Hospice garden a little spruce up. Nice to be able to share a little of the AG 150 years celebration“.
Paula Chappell, based in our Chard office said “Having been given the opportunity by our employer to have a charity volunteering day, we enjoyed a day outdoors sanding and painting benches and fencing at St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton. All the staff members that we met were very friendly and could not have done any more to make us feel welcome. We were also grateful that you provided us with an endless supply of refreshments. Thanks again for letting us contribute our time to your charity”
Jake Allen of Business Services, volunteered with the Taunton Association for the Homeless and said “It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, albeit a very tiring! I feel we were able to make a great contribution to the garden project and really tackle what was a tough job well as a team. We spoke to a number of the locals during the day who expressed their interests in what we doing and it really made the hard work we were putting in feel appreciated.” Karen Boxell volunteered alongside Jake and said that “I found it hard work but extremely rewarding and I would definitely volunteer again, and may even help out on a weekend as it is local”