Excellence in Community – Volunteering LIC

Bank of Ireland Group plc – The Great Bank of Ireland Backyard Blitz

The Great Bank of Ireland Backyard Blitz was the largest ever Bank volunteering project which saw hundreds of volunteers swap their calculators for watering cans and their spreadsheets for spades to give their older neighbours a ‘dig out’ in the garden. The gardening bonanza matched up bank employees with local older people who needed a bit of help keeping their gardens maintained.

 In July 2017, over 300 Bank of Ireland colleagues, Age Action teams and gardening experts mobilised in Dublin, Cork and Galway to mow the lawns, trim the hedges and generally brighten up the gardens, and the lives, of hundreds of older people.

 The event was part of Bank of Ireland’s wider commitment to Age Action as one of its three flagship charity partners in Ireland. The partnership aims to support older people to remain active in their communities and to stay connected.

Deloitte – World Class Volunteering at Deloitte

At Deloitte, volunteering is part of the “WorldClass” initiative which was recently launched by Deloitte’s Punit Renjen, Global CEO of Deloitte. “WorldClass” is Deloitte’s commitment globally to prepare 50 million futures for a world of opportunity in-line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “WorldClass” supports the goals focused on inclusive and equitable education and lifelong learning (SDG4) and sustained economic growth and decent work for all (SDG8).

In Ireland, Deloitte’s goal is to contribute to this target of 50 million futures and they will deliver this through their already established volunteering programmes offered in partnership with five education-focused charities

These are: Age Action, Early Learning Initiative (ELI), Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), Solas Project, and Suas. Each of these organisations work with people from under-resourced or isolated backgrounds to provide additional support ensuring that they are afforded equal opportunities.

Earth’s Edge – Explore, Experience, Evolve

Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s only fully licensed adventure travel company. The Explore Experience Evolve volunteer programme was designed to utilise the unique skillset of their staff of outdoor professionals. Earth’s Edge partnered with Warrenmount Presentation, a disadvantaged girls school in Dublin 8, to take four groups of students to the Shankill Forest.

The programme was designed to promote confidence, well-being and fitness amongst the students by offering introductory training in outdoor skills. As students were selected for the programme based on their attendance and good behaviour, it was a useful tool for teachers to motivate students. The students, teachers and Earth’s Edge staff involved in the project are all very excited to take part in another outdoor adventure together! As well as being a fun day out for the students it will be a new experience for many of them too.

Three Q PERMS & TEMPS – Putting Our Skills to Work in our Community

Three Q PERMS & TEMPS’ strategic volunteering project ‘Putting Our Skills To Work In Our Community’ assists four categories of jobseekers – JobCare (Unemployed & Jobseekers), Students, College Graduates and Hiring Charities. ‘Putting Our Skills To Work In Our Community’ project is driven by the belief that a firm’s greatest asset is their People. Three Q know that their teams time & skills can be invaluable to those who are looking to get into the workforce, progress in their career or to support a charity looking to hire the best talent. As a recruitment agency Three Q are invested in the people they work with and their CSR initiatives are further commitments to this goal. Their CSR strategy is embedded in the way they do business and their actions must reflect their core vision, mission and purpose for being in business.

William Fry – Incognito with the Support of William Fry

William Fry chose Jack & Jill as its Community Charity Partner at the start of 2017, a partnership that will run over 3 years and include a corporate donation of €100,000 as well as pro bono support, skills based volunteering and fundraising. As part of the partnership, William Fry worked with Jack & Jill on “Incognito”, a unique and innovative fundraising campaign benefitting the charity, from November 2017 through April 2018. The event ran over 5 days at The Solomon Gallery, Dublin, and was Ireland’s largest single-gallery public art exhibition. Each of these original art pieces was sold to the public for €50 — the twist being that no one knew the identity of the artist until after they bought the piece. Over 1000 Irish and International artists – including William Fry staff – contributed.

The project raised over €90,000, which will provide 5,665 hours of nursing care to Jack & Jill children.

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