Three challenges, for three hours, with three themes, over three days.


Rising to the Big Community Challenge

Here at Partners we like a challenge - so we were pleased to join the York Cares Big Community Challenge to transform community spaces in local schools, parks and elderly residents' homes.

Joining forces with teams from Yorkshire Bank and the University of York, we cut back vegetation, planted bulbs and plants, and painted benches and walls to make the playground at St Paul's CE Primary School more accessible and useable.

The annual event saw more than 150 York employee-volunteers unite to take on three challenges, for three hours, with three themes, over three days.  In teams of up to 10 people they completed a variety of tasks from cutting back overgrown vegetation to planting raised beds and re-surfacing paths.

A governor at St Paul's CE Primary School said: "The support of volunteers to improve the playground and provide a more creative and attractive environment, will ensure that our children can feel proud of their surroundings and have a space that they deserve."

York Cares Volunteering Project Officer said: “This is the eighth annual Big Community Challenge and we are so pleased to see that employee volunteering is still going strong in York.  We started this challenge in 2008 with two companies taking part and this year we have 19 teams from 15 companies helping multiple sites at schools, elderly residents’ homes and parks. It's a great opportunity for employees to gel as a team and give something back to the city.

"Many thanks to Partners for also generating some excellent media coverage in the York Press and on BBC Radio York."

This year’s volunteers were from organisations including Aviva, Benenden Health, City of York Council, Fera, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Northern Rail, The Partners Group, Portakabin Ltd, Tesco, University of York and Yorkshire Bank.  The Challenge has also attracted new recruits Omnicom Engineering Ltd, ADVA Optical Networking Ltd, Lendlease and Tata Steel Projects.

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