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Team Challenge volunteers get hands dirty

Published Friday, 11 June 2010

Last week 30 council employees got down and dirty at the Radiomarathon Centre in Turkey Street to celebrate Volunteers Week.

The Team Challenge saw the young apprentice trainee volunteers from Enfield Council join with others to help create a garden for service users who have learning difficulties. Tasks included painting, planting and weeding.

This team challenge is the first of four which will be held each year at a variety of organisations in the borough, and marks the launch of the Council's employee volunteer scheme.

The scheme allows staff, via extended flexible working, to not only get involved in these one day Team Challenges, but also individual volunteering with an organisation which matches their interests or skills.

Some of the apprentices who took part during the day commented that it was a "Brilliant, rewarding day... I feel very proud of myself as I feel like I've done some really good work for an excellent cause. Thoroughly enjoyed it" also "I really enjoyed the day and proud to be a part of it" and that it was "Such a good day. Definitely should be organised again."

Cllr Del Goddard, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Improving Localities said "This Team Challenge with Radiomarathon went extremely well, I hear that the users of the centre are absolutely delighted with their garden. Also you can see how much satisfaction the apprentices got from their volunteering work, as well as learning a great deal from the experience.

"These kind of staff schemes are excellent as the benefits go both ways. The community benefit as small charities and groups get work done that they could not normally afford to pay to be done, or are able to do, and volunteers get the chance to work in environments that interest them and alongside like minded people. It's also a great way to make new friends, and get out and about and do worthwhile things."

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