Community Day 2018

2 Oct 2018

What we got up to on Community Day 2018

Community Day 2018

UK and Ireland

The 11th Annual Hammerson Community Day took place in UK and Ireland on the 7th June 2018. It was a day of giving back to our communities; in total, 282 colleagues volunteered 1982 hours.

Community Day is a unique opportunity for us to live out our positive places values, and give back to the communities where we live and work to make a real impact. This year, Community Day fell on National Volunteering week, and by working with local organisations, charities and community groups, Hammerson celebrated volunteering in all its diversity.

Seventeen different community projects were supported, following four themes:

  • Community amenities and wellbeing
  • Sustainability and environment
  • Local enterprise, and
  • Education and skills development.
  • Activities were selected based on proximity to our business activities. The following are just a couple of examples of what our colleagues got up to on the day:
    • Union Square spent a day volunteering on the Easter Anguston farm near Peterculter, Aberdeenshire. The operational farm is a training facility for adults with learning difficulties and varying needs of support. The team helped clear recently storm damaged woodland so it is ready for replanting with 1,700 native trees to create a recreational area. Other activities undertaken by the team included painting a bird hide next to a local duck pond, picking strawberries and even lamb feeding. This opportunity supports Hammerson’s commitment to the environment and community.
    • 25 colleagues from across London locations partnered with Sports Inspired to run Newham Community Games, a multi-sport festival for 180 young people. The goal of the day is to inspire young people through sport, to bring people together from the local community and to create a festival-like environment where people will open up their minds to the variety of sports available. This opportunity supports Hammerson’s commitment to well-being, skills and community.
    • In Reading, in collaboration with PACT, staff welcomed vulnerable women from Alana House to The Oracle. To boost the confidence of women who have been unemployed for an extended period of time, to help them unlock their potential, the women learned about the variety of jobs in retail, how to write CVs and observed mock interviews. We also provided a crèche for the children, allowing the women to take part in the event and ensuring we were all inclusive. This opportunity supports Hammerson’s commitment to local enterprise and skills.
    • Our Dundrum colleagues visited Hillview Resource Centre, an organisation which provides family support services, life skills and counselling services and Youth Outreach. The Centre needed an update and refresh, so our colleagues spent their day painting, decorating and general maintenance. The outcome was a nice environment for all who work and use the vital services of the Centre. This opportunity supports Hammerson’s commitment to community.

    Dundrum Team volunteering at Hillview Resource Centre.

    France

    Community Day France took place on the 20th September with 105 colleagues supporting six different community projects. Work achieved on the day includes:

    • 1 ton of clothes sorted for Cravate Solidaire, a company which collects professional wear and promotes access to employment by providing outfits and interview skills coaching.
    • 4 living spaces & childcare rooms were repainted at the Trousseau Hospital for the Laurette Fugain association, a charity which seeks to increase donations of blood and bone marrow to treat Leukemia.
    • The design and plantation of 150 summer bulbs and 3 trays for aromatic plants at La Ferme de la Francilienne, a farm promoting eco-pasture in the centre of Paris.
    • Weeding 300 plants to promote the retention and infiltration of rainwater with young people in Rambouillet on the outskirts of Paris with the NFB in association with Apprentis d'Auteuil, a national charity helping young people in social difficulty.
    • Working for Emmaüs, a charity combatting poverty and homelessness, to construct two large sorting tables, a poster board, three nesting boxes and an insect hotel for Shared Gardens in Extramuros, Paris.
    • Recording 4 audio capsules for the visually impaired at What My Eyes Have Seen.

    We received fantastic feedback following the UK and Ireland Community Day (France feedback is forthcoming). In fact, 65.6% of colleagues stated a desire to continue volunteering and 56.6% felt they had an enhanced awareness of wider social issues.

    All feedback following the events will shape the organisation and content of the 2019 Community Days.

    Making the sorting tables with Emmaüs.