As a business we’ve got a long history of working with our communities. Traditionally we’ve worked both independently and in partnership with our clients to support the local communities in which our sites or offices are located.
Our rebrand in November 2018 as nmcn enabled us to bring all of our business sections together under one coherent brand and purpose. This offered the ideal opportunity to bring together our communities programmes under one structured business-wide approach.
Earlier this year we launched our Positive Impact Plan 2025 which has Our Communities as a central priority. Under this plan we’re setting out to create a lasting legacy in the communities we work with, our clients and our people.
Volunteering in our communities
It is no coincidence that we’re launching this priority as part of National Volunteer’s Week. We’ve always tried to be flexible in allowing our people to take part in volunteering during work time and lots of our people across the business already volunteer for local community groups in their own time. Volunteering plays a central role in this priority plan.
Under the Positive Impact Plan, we have formalised our volunteering policy, allowing everyone across the business, at any level, the opportunity to take at least three days off each year to volunteer – or up to five days in special circumstances or for community projects abroad.
It seems like a lot of time to offer but we recognise that most volunteering projects don’t fit neatly into one working day. To truly make a difference in our communities, we need to be flexible to allow people to choose how they use their time and when.
We’re also not limiting volunteering to existing formal schemes, while days spent planting trees and picking litter have their place so does volunteering with the local scout group, giving a careers talk to a nearby high school or even spending time chaperoning our own children on school trips. Our communities are diverse and so therefore should be our volunteering.
We’ve set ourselves a big target of 25% of our people engaged in some sort of volunteering by 2025 and given the initial response to our volunteering launch we believe that’s a realistic target.
In the first week of applications being open we’d received some hugely diverse applications from becoming a school governor or leading a Boys & Girls Brigade group through to ancient stone wall repair projects, taking part in a conservation project at Jersey Zoo and even one application to build a sensory garden at an African orphanage.
It’s great to see a passion for volunteering amongst our people and we hope that this will help us to build a lasting legacy for having a positive impact on everything we touch.
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