Beverly Frain, Head of Employee Volunteering at Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters celebrated its largest single day of corporate volunteering on Friday when 450 Discovery volunteers took part in 21 projects across London as part of Discovery’s worldwide day of volunteering involving 1000s of employees globally.

There was something for everyone on the day, with teams focusing their actions on real local needs. Teams worked with primary school students at Granton Primary and St Pauls Primary to produce documentaries, and to build playground features including an 8ft standing man in the style of Alberto Giacompeti!

The Thomas Pocklington Trust that provides care and support services for people with sight loss hosted a Discovery team who spent the morning training volunteers to be sight guides enabling them take service users bowling in the afternoon- a new experience for everyone.

And for those that had to stay behind to run the office – volunteering opportunities came to them. Age UK Southwark were welcomed into the Discovery offices to partner with in-house volunteers to produce jewellery which will then be marketed and sold to raise funds for the centre.

One young Discovery volunteer, taking part in her first Impact day captured the mood of the day tweeting “Big up the Age UK, tea, biscuits and good conversation -my kinda day!”

Altogether, 2,700 hours of volunteering were completed, all helping to create a fantastic impact and Volunteering Matters is proud to have helped make it all possible.