We are focused on making a real difference to people’s lives, so supporting local communities through our charitable work is high on our agenda.
That’s why we started working with Groundwork in 2021, a charity all about mobilising community action to eradicate poverty and protect the environment. Groundwork is passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green; every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny; and no one is held back by their background or circumstances.
A range of (mainly virtual, due to COVID-19 restrictions) fundraising activities supported 17 projects close to our homes, offices and depots.
For example, a number of our employees took part in the Walk The Earth challenge, walking five kilometres.
Each donated to local community projects, and nominated five colleagues to do the same.
The Sunflower Challenge saw staff planting seeds at home and competing throughout the Summer to grow the tallest.
There was a garden centre voucher for the winner.
Veolia employees have an opportunity to volunteer out in the local community. Not only does volunteering build teamwork and communication skills, and boost health and wellbeing, their activity also contributed to improving the local environment.
2021 saw three Veolia teams volunteer with the charity at the Old Brickworks project in the West Midlands. Once a thriving brick making factory until the 1950s, the Old Brickworks Nature Reserve is now a small but valuable green oasis that not only provides a home to local wildlife but is also a calm space for the community to enjoy. Collectively, our employees have donated over 180 volunteer hours to support the development of and access to green space in the local community. They have helped install benches, restore and protect the pond, and see the development of an outdoor learning space for children from beginning to end.
They also seeded wildflowers, installed log seating and created a bug hotel, boosting biodiversity and local habitats.
Veolia staff had a chance to enjoy a physical day of activity outside, creating a space for the local community to enjoy the outdoors too.
“We are extremely impressed with the hard work and enthusiasm of the Veolia volunteer groups. Both the quality and volume of the work completed was fantastic and the groups were a real pleasure to work with and have had a positive impact in the development of the site.”
Pete and Abi, Groundwork Rangers