Percy Hedley Lower School
Our Scientific Services Accreditation Team took part in Just an hour at Percy Hedley Lower School in Forest Hall.
The team helped with the renovations the school is undergoing due to expansion.
They painted the changing rooms around the pool area to brighten up the space ready for the new school term.
This was a great team effort to get the job done for a worthwhile charity and an enjoyable day for all involved.
Tyne Rivers Trust
Four employees from our laboratory at Horsley took part in a Just An hour event helping conserve the natural habitat in picturesque Haltwhistle on the River Tyne.
The day was organised as part of the Tyne Rivers Trust river catchment management programme. Our volunteers helped with the removal of Himalayan Balsam which is a large non-native plant that is invading river banks throughout the UK.
This plant has colonised several parts of the River Tyne in recent years as it spreads rapidly via it’s ‘explosive’ seed pods and can quickly outcompete native plant species.
The volunteers joined a member of the Tyne Rivers Trust and several members of the local River Watch Group, pulling the plants out by their roots and crushing the stems.
Although hard work, the day was very enjoyable and all the team enjoyed the fresh air and time spent carrying out interesting environmental work in a very scenic part of Northumberland.
Durham County Food Bank
Employees from across our business relationships management team spent a day at the Durham County Food Bank service based in Chester-Le-Street.
The service forms a central hub which serves 29 food collection centres right across the region. Individuals in need of support can be referred by various sources such as Social Services, the police, charities and doctors, who present them with a voucher to receive a course of three weekly food packages. The centre is a registered charity and operates largely through food and financial donations made by individuals.
It is staffed primarily with volunteers and initiatives such as Just an hour are vital to supplement the charity at busy times.
Our team of volunteers sorted through tons (literally) of food that arrived at the centre, had to categorise it by date and then box it up to be stored in the warehouse for distribution at a later date.
The scale of the operation was quite daunting but our team showed willingness to muck in and work through the back log. I think it is fair to say that the day was an real eye opener to all of those involved and I don’t think many of us will look at a tin of ‘chopped pork’ in the same way again!
St Johns Boste School
Two employees from our logistics team spent a day St Johns Boste school helping with the upkeep of their eco garden.
They put in some hard work which included cutting back the tree’s, filling the raised beds with compost and laying more wood chippings to cover the walkways.
Our employees were pleased to see the end result and know their efforts had created a safe area for the children to enjoy.
Members of our Sewage Ops team based in Washington arranged to take part in a Just an Hour event to clean up the area around Batley’s Pond in Chester-le-Street.
The team collected umpteen bags of litter from around and in the pond and some more unusual items too!
The Stroke Association
The Stroke Association branch based at Team Valley Gateshead approached Northumbrian Water to request the help of our employees to revitalize their green space which provides a respite for recovering patients.
A group of project managers from the Investment Delivery’s Design & Construct team and New Development team met up to support the makeover of the garden space in the middle of Team Valley. A number of tasks had been identified including re-forming a dried up pond, building raised planting beds, creating planting areas, furniture repairs, footpath clearance and water pipe repairs.
The team worked hard to provide the improvements the organisation required. The team brought their breadth of skills to ensure a great job. Client and staff from the charity expressed their appreciation of the contribution we made in bringing their garden space back to life.