An opportunity to 'Give Back' to our community
News article - 19 Oct 2016
Thirty-six members of staff had volunteered to act as mentors on a number of topics including IT, HR, marketing, social media, fund-raising, website-building and communications planning. Cordell Ray, CEO from County Community Projects (CCP), Margaret Firth from the Office for Civil Society, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and one of our Directors' General welcomed the charities for what turned out to be a most productive and enjoyable afternoon.
Claire Townshend from Salters Hill said: "Really useful to have another pair of eyes looking at issues from a different perspective, that of a large organisation. I was impressed that they had done their homework on our organisation to give the best advice and use the time well".
Claire Charlton from Linc said: "an extremely valuable experience, and a worthwhile afternoon accumulating new skills and contacts".
Margaret Firth from DCMS explained how important it was for businesses to support local charities in this way and how employees were being encouraged to donate some of their time to share their skills with the voluntary sector. "Skills Exchange, as GCHQ has done with its Give Back day, provides the opportunity for employees and local community organisations to work together to create impactful volunteering relationships".
Cordell Ray from CCP added: "We have worked closely with GCHQ for several years, and we are always impressed by the enthusiasm and ingenuity of their staff who have helped some of our local charities and voluntary organisations in a variety of ways. This is a new and exciting venture for us and one we hope to replicate for other businesses in the county".
Our charity partners at the Give Back event were: