Investing in the communities where we work is very much at the core of our culture. This year, to build upon regular project based events, we launched an annual company-wide focused community day.
Participating in the Jarvis Community Day creates mutual benefit for the local community, Jarvis and the individual volunteers. It’s proven to be a positive contributor to mental wellbeing, with the satisfaction of being part of something that has a positive impact on others.
Volunteers were invited to join this new programme, with a series of co-ordinated events held around the 19th May (1905 – the year Jarvis was formed) so we can:
- Genuinely make a difference to someone else’s lives,
- Engage with our corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable efforts first-hand,
- Forge positive connections with colleagues and learn new skills in a different context,
- Connect with the community or nature, and enhance our wellbeing,
- Transform green spaces for residents and communities to enjoy, and
- Create a lasting legacy for future generations.
Our small army of volunteers were arranged into teams, and took part in various community based activities during the week for several local charities and community groups. In addition, foodbanks were placed across our sites and at Head Office in support of local charity DENS.
We are all very busy, but a huge thank you to all our volunteers (over 30 staff). Whilst supporting those in our communities, we also increased our skills and competencies, and had a lot of fun! Here is a summary of our week’s activities:
Here is a summary of our week’s activities:
Girlguiding UK Harpenden & Redbourn – Monday 16th May
Our team painted the woodwork, doors and walls to the interior of their entrance lobby and main activity hall.).
I just wanted to email and say thank you so much to you and the team who worked on the Guide Hall on Monday. It all looks great and we are really pleased with the work that was done.
Alison (on behalf of the Harpenden & Redbourn Girl Guides)
Wheathampstead Community Group (WCG) – Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th May
Through the WCG, we assisted a couple of elderly/disabled residents with gardening. Jean needed help with weeding her front garden which was very overgrown. She loves her garden but because of health problems she has been unable to maintain it. Janet needed help to weed her front garden.
Many thanks to your two volunteers who helped weed Jean’s front garden yesterday. They worked very hard and Jean was thrilled. It looked really lovely! Janet was also very pleased and said her front garden looked lovely. Many thanks for all your volunteer’s hard work.
Bel (Community Secretary for Wheathampstead Community Group)
Getting Rooted CIC, Ron’s Plot Community Allotment, Hitchin – Tuesday 17th May
For this community allotment, our team built new compost bays, and a trellis frame with salvaged materials to house runner beans, as well as path mulching with woodchip and path weeding.
It was a lovely day and the Jarvis team were very obliging with some of my requests... What a great team. I would welcome them back any day. Thank you so much.
Aletheia (Getting Rooted CIC)
Hornbeam Hedgehog Sanctuary in Harpenden – Thursday 19th May
For this local family run charity, we weeded, mulched paths with woodchip, added planting and made ponds in the long-term enclosures.
I really appreciate the help today, thank you so much. The ponds look amazing and I'm so pleased we can now use them for the disabled wild hedgehogs at the sanctuary… Also thank you so much for the very generous materials today. The hedgehogs will be very pleased with their new homes.
Martin Maylin (Hornbeam Hedgehog Sanctuary)
1st Harpenden Scout Group – Friday 20th May
The outside of the Scout hut needed painting, as well as the walls and ceilings in the rear hallways internally.
On behalf of 1st Harpenden Scout Group many thanks for taking the time and effort to organise the group of 6 volunteers that painted at our hut today. They all did a great job and I’m very happy with the outcome, congratulations to them I hope they enjoyed it.
Alan (1st Harpenden Scout Group)
DENS, Hemel Hempstead
Very sadly, foodbanks are in increasing demand, as we all manage spiralling household costs. Foodbank boxes were placed across our sites and at Head Office to collect items from their High-Needs list, with our staff and supply chain encouraged to make donations.
Thank you for choosing to support DENS and organising your High Needs collection that week for us… with your support, we can continue helping individuals and families facing homelessness, poverty and social exclusion. Charlotte (DENS)
The first Jarvis Community Day was a massive success, adding to the numerous community events hosted by our office staff and site teams throughout the year; but by having a focussed week of events, we found that we were able to have a concentrated, positive impact on local people and organisations, that also provided a great benefit to the Jarvis people who took part.
A positive contribution to the communities where we work has been part of Jarvis’ culture for over a century; but we have more recently come to appreciate that it’s also one of the ingredients of creating a positive working environment for our staff and their wellbeing, and this is something we will continue.