Working with local communities is an important part of our business. Together with colleagues we can make a big difference to the lives of local people. Each member of staff is permitted to use 2 days of work time each year to act as a volunteer (subject to line managers approval) and this can be used a few hours at a time or as full days). This provides a chance to get involved and to learn new skills.
During FY 2014 – 2015 colleagues have volunteered 6,710 hours supporting local projects aligned to our community strategy theme of education into employment.
Numbers at Work event
Members of the Knutsford Support Group, Manchester Airport, Great Places Housing Group, Cheshire East Council and Barclays Bank all worked together to deliver an exciting Numbers at Work event for pupils at Manor Park.
93% of students voted the event Brilliant or Good.
Positive feedback from students included:
"I learnt how to work with lots of different numbers at the same time"
"I learnt how to divide big numbers by a quarter"
Farmhouse Breakfast Week
The Community Relations team, Community Champions and business sponsors - Farmhouse and Countryside Education (FACE), Red Rose Forest and local farmer Phil Smallwood have delivered a series of 8 events to support the annual Farmhouse Breakfast campaign. Designed to teach the children where our food comes from and the benefits of having a healthy breakfast – these events are great fun. The event takes the form of 5 carousels (15 minute sessions) and the groups of children rotate around each session.
The Peele – Community Volunteering
The Peele care home in Wythenshawe has recently benefitted from two team away days. This residential home is just 2 miles from the Airport site and struggles to find funding to support the cosmetic maintenance of its’ building and grounds.
Colleagues from Airfield visited on the 10th February and spent a total of 72 hours painting the corridors within the residential unit. Volunteers then hosted a quiz for residents which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
The following day, 11th February twenty three colleagues from information services, procurement, customer services, resourcing, reward, assets, finance and community relations assisted with a wealth of activities. Hand massage and nail painting was hosted in the morning, followed by painting of resident’s bedrooms and further work in the corridors. Ninety three hours of labour was provided. Whilst the residents’ bedrooms were being decorated they were entertained with a game of bingo hosted by our own expert bingo caller, Heather Bradley.
If you have a project in mind that may be of interest to our Community Champions please contact;