Employees of the London offices of multinational conferences and events organisation Informa are being given a chance to get away from their office desks and meetings for a day and help volunteer with local charities here in London to help those in greater need.
All Informa employees are offered an extra day off a year to use towards volunteering with a charitable organisation of their choice, and the company has partnered with several charities to offer volunteering experiences on a first-come first-served basis to any employee interested in taking part.
Opportunity Number One is with the charity Providence Row, which provides warm and sustaining meals to homeless and vulnerable Londoners forced to spend their days on the streets. They tackle the root causes of homelessness to help people break the tough cycle of homelessness and access the services that will take them off the streets. Informa volunteers working with Providence Row will be assisting senior chef Marco at the charity’s Dellow Centre in Mile End to provide lunches to their clients. Lunchtime is one of the busiest times for Marco and his team of cooks and volunteers could serve as many as forty people needing a warm meal and a place to rest for a while. In addition, volunteers will be working alongside the chefs of the future. Marco also oversees several catering trainees working with Providence Row to develop their skills in the kitchen as well as people management.
When: Friday 3rd July
Times: 11:00 – 15:00
Where: The Dellow Centre, 82 Wentworth Street, E1 7SA
Number of places: 6
Opportunity Two is with Malmesbury Primary School, also in Mile End. Volunteers who opt to work with the school will be helping plant flowers and shrubs in a new garden that Malmesbury is putting together to improve the play experiences of its pupils. At the moment, Malmesbury Primary School has only a few parents able to pitch in with their green fingers and spare time to renovate the garden. Volunteers at the school will not only be rewarded with making a difference to children, but there is also the added incentive of free tea and cakes after a long day’s pruning and planting.
When: June 29th
Times: 9:30 – 15:00
Where: Malmesbury Primary School, Coborn Street, E3 2AB
Number of places: 10
The final opportunity is with Trinity Hospice in Balham, in south London. The hospice, which provides services for those nearing the end of their lives, needs volunteers to assist them with stock and supplies in their office and warehouse, and this opportunity is ideal for anyone with experience or a desire to see what it is like to work in a retail or stocktaking environment. The hospice’s stock is high-value and collectable and much of it is donated by London designers and organisations and is brand new and given in bulk.
The large volume of donated items means Trinity Hospice is constantly on the go with its stock handling, and volunteers choosing this opportunity will have a very busy, active and hands-on experience. Possible tasks include researching and scanning books for sale on the e-retailer Amazon; organising and obtaining information and best prices for buyers interested in the company’s stock of fine antiques; listing pre-loved garments on Ebay; dressing mannequins; using special ‘turbo lister’ software to handle bulk sales; photographing items going on sale online, stocktaking; and helping keep the warehouse tidy and safe.
When: 16th July
Times: 10:00 – 16:00
Number of places: 10
Informa, a company specialising in conferences, seminars, training/further education and corporate events for a variety of sectors, has a company-wide corporate responsibility strategy aimed at producing a ‘win-win situation for (their) communities, environment, business objectives and employees. This includes diverse matters as employee training and improvement, helping local communities, ethical business practices and environmental awareness.