Ellesmere Port car plant staff in gear to help community

Published date: 01 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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NINETY Vauxhall workers dedicated a day to helping out in the local community.

Staff from the Ellesmere Port car plant split into teams to lend their DIY skills to six separate charities and community projects.

The projects included work within the Trinity Methodist Church, Chester Sea Cadets HQ, Tarvin Court Care Centre, Stanney Grange Community Centre, Blacon Community Trust and the 1st Great Sutton Scout Group.

A company spokesman said: “Each of these establishments provide remarkable services to their community in a variety of ways, from engagement with local youth, to work with the disadvantaged and elderly. These are things the staff at Vauxhall wished to recognise and engage with.

“This programme of work was made possible through the new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Volunteering Programme introduced at Vauxhall, which allows employees to take one paid day per year to join in a CSR activity.

“The teams, armed with tools and paintbrushes, spent the day repairing, renovating and improving each of the centres in which their chosen organisation is based.

“The day was a fantastic experience for all involved, especially the staff who were able to see first-hand the results of their hard work and labour by the end of the day.”

Sophie Grinner, Chester Sea Cadets unit chairman, said: “The amazing work the guys from Vauxhall have put in has been invaluable for the unit and will make such a difference to cadets and staff.”

Christine Jones, Trinity Methodist Church Minister, said: “On a day, with the sun shining, they have done what would have taken us forever. We would have never done it, and it has transformed the church. It has been truly brilliant to have the guys here– thank you.”

Jamie Craig, Vauxhall general assembly unit manager, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part. It has been a really worthwhile experience and we have been very well looked after. We have done a lot more than we intended to do and it looks fabulous.”

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