Brenntag People Focus: HR team lend their support to charities in Yorkshire
As part of the Brenntag UK & Ireland People Focus programme, all Brenntag colleagues are able to pick the charity close to their heart and give their time, skills and passion to make the difference.
HR team, based at Brenntag HQ in Leeds, Yorkshire, have decided to do their day of volunteering for the local charities. Cheryl-Anne and Andy spent a day with Harrogate Food Angels / Harrogate Neighbours, whilst Rani and Steph got their boots muddy at the Follifoot Disabled Riders Group. Here is their story:
In October, Stephanie Barnitt and Rani Matam helped out at the Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group. The charity provides opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities to enable them to enjoy the benefits of horse riding and carriage driving. Entirely self-supported, the group relies on volunteers to deliver their services.
Steph and Rani took part in two walks - firstly with disabled adults on the local roads, followed by a escorted walk supporting disabled children in the covered arena. Rani said, "It was nice to spend time with the riders, particularly with the children, who we were told had made great improvements while going to the group and really enjoyed their time there".
In November, Cheryl-Anne Salton and Andrew Brown volunteered at Harrogate Food Angels and Harrogate Neighbours. They spent time at the assisted living premises, and talked with other volunteers about what they did as a charity. After chatting with residents they went out delivering hot meals with the Food Angels team to elderly/infirm residents in and around Harrogate. Back at the residential our colleagues helped staff in the restaurant carry out their lunch time duties, handing the food out to the tables of elderly residents, clearing tables and providing tea and coffee, then spending some more time with the residents including entertaining them with a general knowledge quiz.
Andy said, "After the 'Meals on Wheels' service ceased, Harrogate Food Angels was formed to try and provide meals for those who need it in the community and may be unable to do this for themselves. There are hundreds of deliveries every week to residents around the Harrogate and Ripon area. It was really interesting to see the facility where these meals are prepared (by three people) and then packaged up ready to be sent out with the volunteer drivers. We got to spend time with these drivers and also meet the people receiving these meals and see what it meant to them to not only know they are getting at least one hot nutritious meal a day, but also to have some (even if short) interaction with another person. It made me appreciate the good work that goes on in the community and how hard these volunteers work to ensure that this service continues. It also made me appreciate the privileges of good health and being able to care for myself, and how hard it is for some people who aren't able to do this".