Another busy year for BVSC’s Team Challenge

2019 has been another busy year for BVSC’s Team Challenge programme. Between May and November we have facilitated eight challenges across the city, and the work of our wonderful corporate volunteers has made a huge difference to the voluntary and community sector organisations we have supported.

Spring

Team Challenge began the year in May, when University of Birmingham Business School volunteers helped rejuvenate a part of Ackers Adventure where disc golf would take place. The 19 volunteers worked really hard to repaint some benches, construct some new steps on a slope for access, and clear the area of hazards and impediments. Ackers are now operating Birmingham’s first disc golf course and this is made possible by the work of the volunteers.

Also in May, a Deutsche Bank (DB) volunteer team gave All Saints’ Church in Small Heath a much-needed re-vamp. Many volunteers spent the day in the garden, clearing away a huge amount of  overgrown weeds and greenery, re-establishing large planters, laying down mulch, constructing two new picnic benches and adding some colourful plants! Other volunteers worked hard to paint an indoor space that would be converted into a café, and several artistically-minded volunteers painted canvasses that would be hung in the space. The transformative efforts of the team have given the church the facilities to hold new community activities with local organisations, as well as working with local primary schools around learning how to grow foods.

‘Before’ – All Saints Church, Small Heath
‘After’ – All Saint’s Church, Small Heath

Summer

Despite the weather’s best efforts, in June a team from Deutsche Bank volunteered at Birmingham Jewish Community Centre in Stirchley. Most of the team worked on tidying up the garden to improve the space and accessibility for residents, and planting a new colourful array of flowers. Other volunteers cleared and spruced up the pond, and creative team members decorated a sweet trolley for the residents, as well as decorating stones to go round the pond. In the afternoon team members spent time with residents, completing a terrific day’s work.

Deutsche Bank volunteers, Birmingham Jewish Community Centre

In July a team from Reward Gateway ventured over to Acocks Green to support the Barnardo’s Childrens’ Centre, whose exterior needed some improvements. The main tasks were repainting a large wooden fence, which the volunteers got stuck  into. Weeds under the fence were taken up and a ‘welcome’ caterpillar was given a new colour scheme too, really making it stand out from the playground.  The team brightened up the site ahead of the new academic year.

Reward Gateway at Barnardo’s Children’s Centre

In August we facilitated another challenge for DB, this one taking place at Cramer Cat Rescue in Alvechurch. The team worked really hard throughout the day to make a difference to a wonderful site supporting cats. They revamped several cat pens, rubbing down the windows and giving the frames a fresh coat of paint. Thank you to the team for doing such a fantastic job!

Autumn

September saw two challenges with Deutsche Bank. The first of these saw Team Challenge return to Ackers Adventure, where the team installed some new fencing, painted both the new fencing and some already standing on the site, and also to re-painted the shipping container used to store canoes. The team’s work left the site looking much cleaner and smarter.

The second Deutsche Bank project in September took place at Age Concern’s Moorfield Hall in Shard End. Most of the volunteers spent their day in the main hall and entrance hallway, painting a fresh coat of white emulsion on the walls, whilst several creative team members painted Age Concern’s logo onto the front of the building. These tasks really brightened up the place and the team worked really hard.

The final challenge of the year was Deutsche Bank’s One Bank Challenge, where volunteers from across the organisation came together to help out Birmingham Settlement at their head office in Aston. Several parts of the building needed a fresh coat of paint, with some of the  team painting in the back hallway and 1st floor toilets. Other volunteers also carried out similar tasks in two downstairs rooms, which were being transformed into one large IT training suite for new IT classes on offer to the local community. Several artistic volunteers also painted two new canvasses around the theme of wellbeing to hang in the corridor, and Birmingham Settlement were delighted with the standard of work.

Looking forward to another exciting year in 2020

BVSC is really proud of the Team Challenge programme and of what the volunteers have achieved this year. All of their work has positively impacted both the voluntary and community sector and the teams and individuals themselves.

We look forward to another great year of Team Challenge in 2020, with lots of exciting plans to make even more of a difference in Birmingham!

To find out more about how Team Challenge can make a difference to your organisation, and to learn more about the CSR programme here at BVSC, e-mail businessinvolvement@bvsc.org