All credit to Visa staff for hard workBy Linda Fort
September 22, 2011
Volunteers from a Reading-based company rolled up their sleeves to help out in the gardens of a charity.
Reading YMCA in Parkside Road, West Reading, welcomed 17 employees from Visa Europe, based at Kennet Wharf, who gave up their spare time to help out in the grounds.
The volunteers transformed the area surrounding the main building by cutting back, digging up and trimming overgrown plants and hedges.
As well gardening, they displayed their DIY skills by giving the workshop building a fresh coat of paint.
The project was identified by Connect Reading – which brings community-spirited businesses with energetic staff and local charities together.
Reading YMCA houses up to 40 young people aged between 16 and 25 with temporary accommodation for up to two years.
The aim is to provide the young people with support while they are dealing with complex problems and helping them to gain the skills to live independently when they leave the centre. Centre residents also joined the volunteers in the tidying up the grounds.
Stephen Ritchie, operations manager at Reading YMCA, said: “I would like to thank Visa Europe, Connect Reading, our young people and Parkside Road Residents’ Association for their involvement on the day.
“The work on the perimeter grounds and the courtyard area is a credit to the young people we house and Visa Europe who have kindly volunteered their time and donated £250 towards the improvements.”
Head of requirements at Visa Europe Gill Bunnell said: “Working for Reading YMCA was an excellent opportunity for Visa Europe to give something back to the local community while enjoying a team building activity that will benefit the company.
“Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the morning and we are glad to have been able to make a contribution to an organisation which has such a positive impact in our own community.”