Last week was a busy week for Tesco in Cornwall, each day more and more tourist are visiting the county, ice cream sales are up (probably), and across five of their stores they had to cope without over 20 of their staff who came together to volunteers on community projects in Cornwall. 

On Monday eight staff members were given the day to take paid leave and volunteer with Newquay Community Orchard. It was a warm day and the perfect time to be outside. The volunteers were asked to help with the site maintenance, the orchard is a large site and the weeds can quickly spread so having a team of additional volunteers to tackle such tasks can be invaluable to a small group like the Orchard. For the staff, the day was a great way to get out of their usual work environment, bond with their colleagues, and to learn more about what is going on in their community. It was an enjoyable day for all involved and some volunteers even expressed an interest in volunteering in their spare time. Natalie Wood, Operations Manager for the Orchard was very pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the team saying of them "They were a lovely bunch".

On the Tuesday 14 staff members from Penzance, Helston, and St Ives all took the day to help at Gulval Church. Gulval Church was built in the 12th Century and lies at the heart of the village. Starting promptly at 9:00am the group began tackling the growing list of activities which have been in need of completing for the past several years. This included strimming the large church yard, painting the handrails, pruning the flowers, and powerwashing the pathways. The church wardens were delighted with by their hard work and did their best to supply them with as much tea and cake as possible. Christina from Gulval Church passed on her thanks to the team saying "We cannot thank these good people enough for all their hard work."

To find out how your organisation can get involved with Employer Supported Volunteer contact Colum Taylor on 01872 266991 or email at [email protected]