Volunteers clear up Sheffield nature reserve

Sheffield-based DWP employees carrying oput work in Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve
Sheffield-based DWP employees carrying oput work in Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve
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Twenty Department for Work and Pensions employees from Sheffield took a break from their desks to help the city’s rangers.

The group joined city council rangers, including Tom Broadhead, for a full day’s hard work at Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve.

“All the volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to the jobs we assigned them which included footpath maintenance, hedge trimming and dismantling an old chain fence,” said Tom.

“These types of jobs can be very time consuming so their help was hugely appreciated.

“All volunteers, no matter how many hours they give, are incredibly important to us to help maintain the areas we look after, but also to engage the community with these spaces so they continue to be used.”

The voluntary work was carried out as part of the DWP’s Community 10,000 scheme, through which its employees collectively complete 10,000 hours of volunteering within their local communities throughout the year.

Jackie Hogarth, DWP volunteer manager for Yorkshire and the Humberside, said: “Through the scheme we have a fantastic range of local volunteering options for our staff to take up, which can vary from conservation work to helping the homeless or supporting the elderly.

“Feedback from employees is that they love doing something that will make a real difference to their community and also that it’s a great team-building exercise, giving them an opportunity to get to know their colleagues in a different environment.

“Another aim of the scheme is simply to get to know our customers and the communities they live in a little better.”