Yes. Absolutely! We have run days for AON Insurance, Royal Bank of Scotland and BAE Systems to name a few. It is a great way for your company to invest into the local community and your staff will benefit by feeling they are giving their time to support a local charity. Colleagues get to work together away from their usual environment and, for many, a day doing hands-on outdoors work is a satisfying novelty.
Clearing areas of the cemetery that have become overgrown with bramble and scrub is visually appealing as your team can see very quickly the difference their contribution makes. It also allows and shows different skills and team dynamics to flourish away from established patterns. Both the Cemetery and your business can benefit from positive publicity and profile-raising.
How does the cemetery benefit?
The cemetery also benefits from the injection of labour your staff provides and some organisations have also provided much needed tools and materials which go on to be used by regular volunteers or cemetery staff. The cemetery is used by local people walking dogs, the school run and visiting graves. It is always very positive for the cemetery, for the local community and also your organisation to see active work taking place.
What would you want us to do?
Corporate teams come and help us with whatever seasonal tasks the Estate Manager is undertaking. This may be tree felling and cutting logs to sell them as firewood; cutting grass, specific maintenance projects but more often - cutting back weeds, scrub and bramble from paths and graves. This work demonstrates very quickly to volunteers the impact a team can make in a short time and does not require any special skills or talents. Most physically active people can make a contribution with some very quick and simple training.
Each day starts with a briefing that covers working safely in a cemetery and how to use the tools provided. There are facilities for making hot drinks and an area for lunches and locking away valuables. Work is supervised by the Estate Manager and the Volunteer Coordinator who both hold current First Aid at Work certificates and will be in touch with the cemetery office by mobile phone and walkie-talkies at all times. The cemetery is covered by both Employers and Public Liability insurance.
Either on the day, or at another convenient time for you, the Volunteer Coordinator can conduct a guided tour of the cemetery focusing on any areas of interest to your team. That can be a tour of the Grade II* listed chapels, graves of historical interest, wildlife, renovation project or current use of the cemetery.
How do we arrange a corporate volunteering day at Arnos Vale Cemetery?
Whats the cost?
Our Corporate Days are run efficiently, professionally, safely and take into account your requirements. This means that there is a small cost to cover supervision, risk assessments, insurance, administration, refreshments and equipment.
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