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Friday, 24 August 2012

Friday Guest Blog - Make A Difference In Your Community And Your Team

Andy Hamill, County Club Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester, talks about a new pilot programme that will enable your business to make a difference both in the heart of your community and at the heart of your company. 

As members of the Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester has recently developed Days of Difference, an employee supported volunteering programme with a twist, which we hope to pilot over the next 12 months.  Days of Difference is a way in which your company can get involved in a volunteering experience that makes a very real difference at a grassroots level, whilst also boosting morale and team work amongst your employees.

As a charity we work with 35 youth clubs across Greater Manchester and, through this connection, we can organise a bespoke and unique corporate social responsibility experience for your staff.

As a team you can choose to undertake a piece of voluntary work, such as painting a room at one of our youth clubs, replanting their sensory garden or running a fun day for some of the young people.

But that is not all (here’s the twist!). We want to offer you much more than a volunteering experience.  We would also like to offer your team the option to take part in sports leadership training, where the skills they learn are equally as useful in the boardroom as they are on the football pitch. Or we could take you back to your childhood and organise an activities day which could include challenges such as raft-building or rock climbing where you can bring your team together.

Your team will leave the Days of Difference programme with a sense of achievement, having contributed to something worthwhile and at the same time, having had great team building experience. 

So what’s in it for us? The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester are dedicated to helping our clubs build links with businesses in their community.  We don’t just want financial backing (but any help with that would be much appreciated!), we also want your knowledge and advice.  Charities nowadays are finding that they need become more and more businesslike and we believe that the more links we have with the business world, the better we will fare in austere or difficult times. 

If you would like to take part in our pilot programme, please feel free to contact Andy Hamill at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester on 0161 477 7735 or email for more information.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester has formally been in existence since 1907. It provides a year-round programme of recreational and educational activities for around 3,000 young people and 200 volunteers in 35 voluntary youth clubs and projects. Our affiliated clubs are in the most disadvantaged communities of Greater Manchester. 90% of young people are from socio-economic background C to E and 90% of members say that their clubs help to keep them out of trouble and evidence shows that where a Boys & Girls Club exists there is less anti-social behaviour.

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