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Volunteering by power workers lights up lives

Today on International Volunteer Day, UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distributor, is celebrating the thousands of volunteering hours that have been undertaken by staff across the company.

From Press releases - 4 December 2018 12:00 AM

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The power company that makes sure the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England has also clocked up 2,366 hours of volunteering by staff so far in 2018.

UK Power Networks credits its hugely successful Donate a Day scheme for the high take up of volunteering opportunities. Donate a Day allows staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer in their local communities.

Activities that have been undertaken so far this year have varied from helping local wildlife sanctuaries, fighting back invasive species of plants, to creating a new outdoor play area for local schoolchildren.

Volunteering locally builds links between staff and local communities as well as providing what are often small charities with additional help and resources.

Speaking on International Volunteer Day, Alex Sturge head of communication and engagement at UK Power Networks said: “Donate a Day has been a great success and reflects the fact that our staff say they want to do more community and volunteering. We’ve had great feedback from both employees and the charities who have benefited, and will look to continue and even expand our volunteering efforts in 2019.”

Volunteering is one way UK Power Networks strives to be a socially responsible company. The power company also encourages people in vulnerable circumstances to join the Priority Services Register to receive free extra help during power cuts, such as hot meals, home visits and hotel accommodation. To apply, visit ring 0800 169 9970, or email