Connect Plus Services supports local charity to reopen for summer

As part of our commitment to social value and using two company volunteering days encouraged to staff, a team made up of volunteers from CPS Business Strategy and Leatherhead Service Delivery teams chose to support a local charity helping young people.

Based at The Old Pheasantry, Tadworth, and run by The Land & City Families Trust, the wonderful cause provides accommodation for groups of disadvantaged children to enjoy holidays in the Surrey countryside.

These holidays are an invaluable opportunity for the young people and have a huge impact in the community.

Whilst working with a stakeholder adjacent to the network, the team became aware of the cause and how they could help voluntarily.

The work included cutting back undergrowth in their grounds, spreading new wood chippings on their playground area and jet washing their extensive patio to remove moss and debris which could cause children to slip and fall.

This work will enable the children to enjoy the extensive grounds available to learn, but most importantly to do so in a safer environment.

Jeff Harris, Joint Chairman of the Land & City Families Trust said:

The charity and trustees are incredibly grateful for all the help, support and effort given to us by Connect Plus Services and the brilliant team who came and spent hours making such a difference to our grounds.

Duncan Hayes, Route Manager, who organised the voluntary work said:

"The Business Strategy Team really enjoyed our day of volunteering with the Land & City Families Trust.  I believe it really shows the difference Connect Plus Services can make in the local community with our volunteering days. We couldn’t have done it without the superb support we received from Daren Collins and the Service Delivery Team at Leatherhead and our colleagues Wendy Dempster and Charmaine Canham in H&S who supported us with Risk Assessments at such short notice."

Read more about our commitment to social value here


Notes to Editors

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