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Community Day 2017

Last Updated: 08 Dec 2017
GCHQ hosted local community leaders, head teachers, and charities to demonstrate the importance of our community relationships.

At the end of November, local community leaders, head teachers, and charities, were invited to GCHQ for Community Day, to find out more about how we support our local community.

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Tony is greeting visitors, and behind them are some of our historical museum items
Tony, the GCHQ Historian, greets visitors. ©GCHQ 2017

 

The bunting was out and our 'Street' was buzzing with activity, from guide dogs to rescue cats, from Blood Bikes to Special Constables, we had something for everyone.  

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BMW powerful motorbike with high-viz paintwork for safety
Severn Freewheelers' Blood Bike. ©GCHQ 2017

 

For the first time, we also invited twenty-eight charity representatives along to promote their charities and volunteering activities. These included some of the charities we have been mentoring through our 'Give Back' project, now in its second year.

Our work with schools was also represented; people were on hand to talk about the support our volunteers give to schools, helping with maths and coding, practice interviews and language taster sessions.

Other charities represented included the Samaritans, Girl Guides, Scouts, St John Ambulance, and the Alzheimer's Society

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First Aid training dummies, including one for CPR
St John Ambulance's First Aid stand. ©GCHQ 2017

 

Our workforce are enthusiastic volunteers and fundraisers; some had baked cakes for their various good causes, whilst others talked about their team volunteering day at Cheltenham Animal Shelter, Ruskin Mill, and Gardens for All, to name but a few.

A talk given by our NCSC outreach team on the CyberFirst student programme also attracted a great deal of interest from our visitors.

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The UK Challenge stand - they run team building events and raise money for charity
The UK Challenge stand. ©GCHQ 2017

 

It was a happy day - a day to celebrate the enthusiasm and commitment of our people and our important relationship with our local community.

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Scout jamboree badges commemorating many different international places
Scout jamboree badges. ©GCHQ 2017