Saintly volunteers give charity a helping hand

Saintly volunteers from SPAR, Brendan Dumigan, Trading Manager; Donna Farren, Assistant Brand Manager and Bronagh Henderson, SPAR Brand Manager, along with Sense NI users Tanya and James Wilson and Yvonne Evans, Sense NI Nursery Team Leader, get ready to do some decorating at the charity's headquarters in Newtownabbey. INNT 13-501CON
Saintly volunteers from SPAR, Brendan Dumigan, Trading Manager; Donna Farren, Assistant Brand Manager and Bronagh Henderson, SPAR Brand Manager, along with Sense NI users Tanya and James Wilson and Yvonne Evans, Sense NI Nursery Team Leader, get ready to do some decorating at the charity's headquarters in Newtownabbey. INNT 13-501CON

VOLUNTEERS from The Henderson Group arrived in force at Sense NI’s Family Centre in Mallusk on Friday, March 16 to help brighten up the charity’s local headquarters.

The SPAR staff carried out much needed painting and decorating at the Sense NI Nursery, which works with children who have sensory impairments.

Across Northern Ireland, more than 500 volunteers, representing 30 public and private sector organisations undertook practical team challenges which benefited some 35 community, educational and environmental projects as part of ‘Be a Saint Day’ - a joint initiative between Business in the Community and Volunteer Now.

“This was an incredible day of co-ordinated voluntary action and I firmly believe today’s initiative will leave a lasting impact,” explained Hilary Hanberry, Employee Volunteering Manager. “The dedication and commitment from all of the organisations taking part and the volunteers is truly impressive.

“The Cares volunteering series is sponsored by SPAR, who contributed lunch packs to help boost sustenance levels to keep the volunteers going throughout the day, making sure the jobs got done.”

Sam Davidson, HR Director at SPAR added: “The importance of volunteering and the ethos of collective action is a powerful way to create a better society for all in Northern Ireland and I would encourage employers of all sizes to get involved.”

Wendy Osborne OBE, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now, was equally enthusiastic, saying: “This annual joint venture with Business in the Community is proving year on year to be a popular and eagerly anticipated date on the business calendar. It is great to see so many businesses continuing to support their local communities through practical challenges that they can complete in one day.”

For more information about employer supported volunteering, contact Hilary Hanberry on Tel: 028 9046 0606 or Julie Cusick at Volunteer Now on Tel: 028 9020 0850.