Volunteering together for Team Challenge Week

Our Team Challenge Week saw over 120 employee-volunteers from 11 local businesses get involved in a variety of community projects between 11 and 15 May.

Teams from organisations including DE Ford Insurance Brokers Ltd, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Northern Rail had a great week volunteering at eight community sites across the city.

The volunteers were very fortunate with the weather and the sun shone as they worked hard to improve community spaces at Acomb Wood, Bell Farm Play Area, York Cemetery, RSPCA, Poppleton Community Railway Nursery and Naburn Cycle Path.

Teams from Aviva, the Higher Education Academy and Hull York Medical School, worked with Friends of York Cemetery to do some much-needed bramble clearing in one of the overgrown areas.  The 24 acre site is a haven for wildlife and provides opportunities for conservation, education and informal recreation close to York city centre.

Arup and the University of York worked together at Poppleton Community Railway Nursery, a non-profit organisation that provides horticultural activities for adults recovering from mental health crises. The volunteers enjoyed an afternoon of painting, digging, gardening and planting seedlings, to help keep the nursery in good shape.

Working alongside CYC Smarter York, who support local residents to keep the city clean and safe, York Cares volunteers also revisited Bell Farm Play Area, the site of our 2013 Big Community Challenge, West Bank Park and Acomb Wood.

Smarter York tweeted their appreciation throughout the week and commented on the ‘enormous difference’ the volunteers had made.

Team Challenge Week is an excellent opportunity to get larger tasks done enabling regular volunteers to keep on top of the day to day tasks. We’d like to thank all our volunteers for their hard work and for a wonderful week; we’re already looking forward to next year!