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Staff at Clent Hills Vets begin a wild Year of Volunteering

Amy Holloway

As well as loving your pets, we also love our team and that’s why we’ve launched a Year of Volunteering for all our staff.

Head vet Alun Edwards and his border terrier Gifting our staff with an extra day off to volunteer was the idea of our head vet & director, Alun Edwards. Alun was keen to do something extra for his staff that centred around wellbeing and team building. He felt that taking a day out of the business to do something different and for a worthwhile cause, could have many benefits.

It just so happened that our new Charity of the Year, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, already had roving volunteer groups set up and were more than happy for us to get involved.

The Trust owns 70 nature reserves across Worcestershire and has a constant list of ‘work needing to be done’ to help them thrive. With over 3000 acres of land to tend to, it’s not surprising they rely on the help of volunteers.

So, to find out what a volunteering day could involve, I joined our practice manager & director Rebekka Fiorani and customer care manager Helen Beesley on our first roving volunteer day with the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust team at the beginning of April.

We arrived at Penorchard Meadow near Clent at around 10am on a Tuesday morning and met up with about sixteen other volunteers from across the county. Led by an experienced team from the Trust, we all helped to remove encroaching scrub from the wildflower meadow.

customer care manager helen beesley helps clear scrub at Penorchard meadow

Customer care manager Helen Beesley helps clear scrub at Penorchard meadow

Parctice manager and director Rebekka Fiorani helps the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust roving volunteer group

Practice manager and director Rebekka Fiorani helps the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust roving volunteer group

Marketing manager Amy Holloway has the tools for the job!

Marketing manager Amy Holloway has the tools for the job!

It was a great atmosphere at Pencorchard that day, with everyone in good spirits and getting stuck in. We had a fire going to burn the scrub and enjoyed fire-baked jacket potatoes together for lunch. We even braved the odd April shower or two! After a hard day’s work, it was fantastic to see the difference we’d made and we left knowing this would be a big tick on the Wildlife Trust’s to-do-list.

The roving volunteer group enjoy a fire baked jacket potato together

The roving volunteer group enjoy a fire-baked jacket potato together

Back in the office, we’re getting everything ready for our staff to start making use of their volunteering day. Our first ever Year of Volunteering will run until March 2019 and we hope that everyone will find something they can enjoy.

As well as helping Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, we’ve been seeking out other local volunteering opportunities that can offer our staff a fulfilling experience for a day.

If you know of any local organisations or charities that would be interested in receiving volunteer support from our friendly and compassionate team, get in touch today!

 

Photo credit: Roger Pannell

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