UK Power Networks celebrates National Volunteers’ Week by showcasing some of their employees, who use their own time to volunteer in their local communities.
UK Power Networks encourages its employees to take part in volunteering schemes and gives their staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fundraise in the local community. In 2016 staff gave over 2,700 hours to good causes in their communities through the UK Power Networks volunteering scheme. UK Power Networks believe that helping the communities that they serve is integral to their values.
Here are just a couple of UK Power Networks employee volunteers’:
UK Power Networks Craft Assistant, Dominic Warren volunteers his time to Dom’s Food Mission, which saves supermarket food from going in the bin and helps to tackle food poverty in the local area. Dom uses his time to hand out free food to homeless and vulnerable people in, and around Hastings.
UK Power Networks Volunteer Dominic Warren
UK Power Networks Business Support Assistant, Megan Banting volunteers as a District Beaver Scout Leader. Megan used her paid company volunteering leave during 2017 Volunteers’ Week in order to organise a superhero-themed campsite for 100 Beaver Scouts to enjoy.
Megan used the time to prepare the campsite saying that the paid volunteering leave: “takes the pressure off and means I can give my time without worrying; with volunteering, you don’t realise you are missing something in your life until you have given your time and received thanks in return.”
UK Power Networks Volunteer Megan Banting
UK Power Networks work with the following projects:
Warnham Nature Reserve
UK Power Networks Income Management Team volunteer at Warnham Nature Reserve by putting on their wellies and pulling up weeds. In total, staff spent nearly 5,000 hours volunteering in 2016.
Dom’s Food Mission
UK Power Networks have donated a van to help their volunteer employee Dominic Warren hand out free food to the homeless and vulnerable people in and around Hastings. They get food donations from supermarket chains such as Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Morrisons and ASDA to supply the food which Dom distributes to local groups, such as the Seaview Project, EFT, Extract, Star and Turner House.
UK Power Networks have also donated a van to Highpoint Prison in Suffolk in order to help inmates learn how to become engineers; as work skills are vital to help prisoners reduce the risk of reoffending when they return to society. They also provide mentoring and workshops at the institution.
Deputy governor of Highpoint, Stefan Wawryka said: “We think UK Power Networks is leading the way in helping public sector prisons provide meaningful opportunities for serving residents, which in turn must contribute to making society a safer place in future.”
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