HSBC volunteers dig Emmaus Merseyside
Volunteers from HSBC have been giving back to the local community by supporting homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside.
On Monday 25 September, a group of 17 HSBC employees spent the day volunteering at Emmaus Merseyside. The team worked alongside formerly homeless people in the charity’s Participation Garden, helping to construct a polytunnel, laying flags, filling planting beds and carrying out gardening work.
"We were delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to what is clearly a very worthwhile cause. The staff really enjoyed the time spent with the Emmaus community, creating something tangible and if there are other corporates out there looking to volunteer for a meaningful cause, then I would encourage them to get in contact”
Ben Duckham, Senior Trade Director at HSBC
The employee volunteer day at Emmaus Merseyside was part of HSBC’s ‘Supporting our Community’ programme, allowing staff the time to help local grassroots projects. In 2016, through the HSBC programme, 64 projects received over £573k of funding and nearly 1,000 employees volunteered over 8,500 hours of their time.
“It was great to welcome the team from HSBC to help with improvements to our Participation Garden. The volunteers worked fantastically well and the new additions to the garden will help to provide fresh food to our community and support the growth of Emmaus Merseyside’s social enterprise.”
Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside
Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity runs a social enterprise selling donated furniture, clothes, books, bikes, household goods and upcycled products, from three retail outlets.
To find out more about Emmaus Merseyside visit www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. For more information, to make a donation or get involved call 0151 928 1588 or visit Emmaus Merseyside at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Bootle, Merseyside L21 3TW.