Volunteers from 10 Sheffield businesses gave up their time to support a community project which runs a foodbank to help those in need.
Firms allowed their staff time off to volunteer at St Saviour’s Community Project in High Green as part of the annual ‘Give and Gain Day’.
Organised by Business in the Community, Give and Gain Day is a national employee volunteer day.
Firms are encouraged to allow members of staff time away from their normal jobs to volunteer with a range of different organisations including youth clubs, primary schools and charities.
As well as supporting St Saviour’s Community Project - a shop which offers assistance to residents facing deprivation through its food bank, low-cost household goods and clothing - the volunteers also visited Charlton Brook in High Green to help clear the river of rubbish, tidy and paint the children’s playground and build raised beds.
Maureen Greaves, who runs St Saviour’s Community Project, said: “We are extremely grateful to all the volunteers who gave up their time to support the work we do and individuals in the community.
“The transformation of Charlton Brook is wonderful and will make a massive difference to families and visitors for years to come.
“We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish so much in one day without the help of local businesses.
“Thank you to everyone for their hard work and dedication.”
David Coggan, section area manager of Mondalez International, a Sheffield-based confectionary, food and beverage company which took part in the day, said: “Give and Gain Day is a great opportunity to champion the talent, skill and energy found in business and the role it can play it helping communities prosper.
“It was a fun day which gave us the chance to give something back to the local community.”
St Saviour’s Community project on Greengate Lane was set up in December 2012.
In addition to selling clothing and household goods at a reduced rate, it runs a foodbank, a jobs club and a savings and loans club.
Every Friday afternoon volunteers provide a two course cooked meal for people who are struggling.
The cost for the meal in the Church Hall is £1 for adults and children eat free.