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Power workers turn painters for homeless charity

Volunteers from the country’s biggest electricity company showed the power of teamwork to transform the ease of access to a garden space for a local charity.

From Press releases - 17 November 2017 12:00 AM

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Employees from UK Power Networks’ office at Fore Hamlet in Ipswich spent a day helping at Emmaus, a charity which supports the homeless and long-term unemployed.

Five staff from the dispatch team volunteered to don their overalls and pick up their paint brushes to spruce up the outside area and make it more accessible.

Emmaus opened its doors in Ipswich in February last year on the site of the former Dales Pub on Dales Road,with a view to helping homeless and long-term unemployed people to rehabilitate and regain their confidence, self-worth and dignity.

Wendy Marsh, from UK Power Networks, said: “I have been volunteering with the charity since they opened and jumped at the chance to organise some volunteers from UK Power Networks to help them sort out the garden.

“The idea was to paint several hundred railway sleepers to be placed into position to assist people with mobility issues to use the garden. It was a long day, but the end result has been well received which we are delighted to hear.”

Clare Staddon, Operational Manager for Emmaus in Ipswich, said: “We are hugely grateful to the team at UK Power Networks for giving up their time to assist us with this garden project.

“I was really impressed at how they managed to complete the work despite us giving them more than twice as many railways sleepers to paint than they expected! It was a real team effort and means so much to everyone who uses our facility.”
 
UK Power Networks, which delivers the East of England’s electricity supplies to homes and businesses, gives staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fund raise in their local community.

Last year staff gave over 2,700 hours to good causes in their communities through the company’s volunteering scheme.