East Midlands Airport colleagues get busy in the community

This year, East Midlands Airport staff members have realised their target of 20% of colleagues volunteering in the community and have helped 21 organisations in the process.

The challenging target was to involve 105 members of staff in projects across 2012/13, which was an increase of 44 colleagues on last year’s target.

Over 585 volunteering hours were clocked up on activities, such as, mock interviews; support for the Princes Trust Coalville team programme; helping with the When you wish upon a star flight to Lapland and hosting work experience students. With the most recent projects being; ground clearing in Diseworth, following a donation from the airport’s community fund to create a village mosaic, book reading for world book day at local primary schools and multiple sessions of tree felling and ground clearing at Elvaston Castle.

James Mounter, Elvaston Castle said: “The group were fantastic and even through the cold snowy conditions the team were fun and positive. We succeeded in making a real difference to the conservation of the park and the historic restoration of an important area of the grounds. On behalf of Elvaston, we thank the team for their hard work and support and look forward to any future opportunities to work together.”

Jessica Gilbody, Community Relations Manager, East Midlands Airport said: “To us, being a responsible neighbour is incredibly important and we are pleased to be able to offer our staff members’ help in the community. We are constantly engaging with the community and we like to think that the hundreds of hours that we have volunteered have really made a difference in the region.”

Throughout the year, staff members are also encouraged to lend their time to the airport’s on-site education centre, the Aerozone. Here, staff members give talks on their roles and the airport, which is hoped to show the students the range of jobs offered at an airport and help them to focus their education with their career aspirations in mind.

Published on: 04/04/2013 13:02:06

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