Carillion Adding Hands to the Skip Garden

We have often said the Skip Garden is a garden of a thousand hands. With the move to our new location, this is truer than ever. Over the course of a week volunteers from different teams from Carillion construction company, sanded scaffold board floors and three hundred year old timbers for cafe counters as well as making a much appreciated start on a disabled access path through the garden. The week was organised by Balvinder Bansil who worked tirelessly throughout. This is what she wrote about their experience.

The background from our end is that my Line Manager had asked me as part of my personal development review to take on the responsibility of our team’s volunteering programme.  I did some research to see what opportunities there might be when one of my colleagues (Emily Hopcraft-Jones) mentioned the Skip Garden Project as some of her colleagues had previously volunteered with GG.

With Values week looming, it made sense to open it out to a wider group of people so we are truly able to show that we live our values of “we care”; “we improve”; “we achieve together” and “we deliver”.

The skip garden is such a great project and really resonated with so many people and I was particularly keen as it was a project within our local community, working within a sustainable framework and bringing so many different groups together with a common goal.

Carillion have two parts to our business – Carillion Services (where I sit) and Carillion Construction. Within Carillion Services, our vision is “to be the trusted partner for providing services, delivering infrastructure and creating places that bring lasting benefits to our customers and the communities in which we live and work”. I felt the Skip Garden was just the right project to help realise this vision locally.

I then thought in line with our values, it would be great if we could do this in partnership with groups representing each of our Service sectors (Home Affairs and Justice, Health, Defence and Security, Corporate and Communities) as well as our colleagues in Carillion Construction.  To this end we had a great mix of people each day, which also included representatives from our external Supply Chain, such as Speedy Hire.  Together, I hope, we collectively helped to show that we care, that we wanted to improve and that with collaboration we could achieve together and (hopefully) deliver some good things!

I was delighted when our MD from Carillion Construction accepted an invitation at short notice to pop in when he was in King’s Cross – and he has agreed to come back to do some volunteering himself!  It would be great if we could continue to support the great work that Global Generation do – and at the same time help build some muscles from our end!  From a personal perspective I don’t think I’ve done so much manual/physical outdoorsy work in a long time…I certainly slept well all week!  And finally thank you so very much for arranging lunch for those who were volunteering for whole days – it was fabulous to have freshly cooked food of which some had been grown on site!