Call to support national volunteering day

Staff from Grant Thornton in Kettering give the Croyland Road Primary School mobile classroom a new lick of paint as part of Give & Gain Day.

Staff from Grant Thornton in Kettering give the Croyland Road Primary School mobile classroom a new lick of paint as part of Give & Gain Day.

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Businesses across Northamptonshire are being asked to support their local community.

Business in the Community (BITC) has issued a rallying call to businesses asking them to take part in their community engagement programme throughout 2013.

For the past four years Northamptonshire businesses have come together in order to make a difference in their local community. Businesses of all shapes and sizes have encouraged employees to volunteer in a variety of community programmes including painting community centres, helping children learn to read and environmental rejuvenation campaigns.

BITC are planning their next Employee Volunteering Day on May 17 and are hoping that local businesses will come forward to support them.

Business and financial advisers Grant Thornton, who have an office in Kettering, have been active members of BITC for the past four years and last year 18 members of staff helped repaint the breakfast and after-school club at Croyland Primary School in Wellingborough.

Steve Robinson, partner at Grant Thornton’s Kettering office, said: “Employee volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and develop the skills of your employees. Knowing that we have helped inspire young people about the world of work is really rewarding for our people, and something we would certainly wish to continue.

“We are thoroughly committed to transforming our local communities, and volunteering gives our employees the opportunity to have fun, learn new skills and help change lives for the better. We encourage every business in the region to get involved with this fantastic opportunity.”

Last year, more than 18,000 employees from 380 companies supported their local communities through BITC’s volunteering programmes. Programmes are carefully designed to deliver measurable benefits to the local community and are delivered through a network of regional offices across the UK. This means action is taken on the most important issues locally and in the communities with the greatest needs.

BITC forms part of Grant Thornton’s national corporate responsibility programme and the Kettering office has a range of community and charity events planned for the coming year to support both local and national causes.

Any businesses who want to get involved can visit www.bitc.org.uk/east-midlands.