Staff at Matthews & Goodman have completed 35 Volunteer Days in the local community as part of a new firm-wide initiative.

Each staff member has been gifted a volunteer day per year which they can use to support a cause of their choosing. In the six months since launch, staff have cooked, skills shared, organised, served, chatted, weeded, cleaned and sold. They have given their time to charity shops, homeless shelters, community gardens, food banks, schools, hospitals, animal charities and hospices across Manchester, Liverpool and London.

Linton Brander from the Property & Asset Management team spent the day at a horticulture course organized by Share, a provider of training and employment support for disabled people.

Linton said: “The day was amazing. The whole Springfield University Hospital site gave the impression you were in the middle of the countryside rather than Tooting.  It was a truly beautiful setting and both the people working there and the students made me feel like one of the team as soon as I arrived.

I was the only volunteer on the day and spent a lot of time with an autistic student, weeding and carrying out general garden maintenance. Aside from maintenance work, the students make mosaic paths and plant seeds – the plants are sold to the public.

Good communication skills are crucial as you need to be switched on, listening to people and watching their reactions and behaviour. There was a great atmosphere and I enjoyed chatting with the students, the frankness of the conversations was refreshing. I will definitely go back at some point as it was just a great experience.”

In addition to it’s Volunteer Day initiative, Matthews & Goodman has chosen Macmillan Cancer Care as it’s corporate charity for 2017-19. Visit the JustGiving page here.