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From whiteboards to wheelbarrows for Leeds IT team

Ten volunteers from Leeds Building Society’s IT department spent a day revamping the garden area at a children’s Sure Start centre.

The team tackled a list of jobs at Horsforth Children’s Centre, including cutting grass, weeding, painting fences, planting bedding plants and creating a herb garden.

The colleagues took advantage of the Society’s volunteering scheme, which allows all employees a day’s paid leave each year to help in the community.

David Hassall, from the Society’s IT Software Delivery team, organised the visit and said: “We had an amazing day and the staff at the centre really appreciated our efforts. It was strenuous but satisfying, especially when you could see the completed work.

“It was a great team building exercise, and we all enjoyed working and interacting with people outside our normal environments. We found the activities, which will make a real difference to a large number of children, challenging and rewarding.”

Claire Birch, Horsforth Children’s Centre manager, said: “We would like to say a massive thanks to all the Leeds Building Society volunteers for their time and hard work. There’s been a major change to our garden area and it looks beautiful now.

“We would also like to thank Woodlands in Horsforth, Wickes in Pudsey and WSH services in Yeadon for their donations of materials. We look forward to welcoming all of our families to come and play in the garden next week.”

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Notes to Editors

Volunteering 1, pictured Back Row L-R, are Craig Ford, Jasvinder Puar, Jonathan Street, Nigel Lynch, Gavin Bell, Calum Drysdale, Paul Thewlis.

Volunteering 1, pictured Back Row L-R, are Craig Ford, Jasvinder Puar, Jonathan Street, Nigel Lynch, Gavin Bell, Calum Drysdale, Paul Thewlis.

Front Row, pictured L-R, are Raymond Fisher, David Hassall, Helen Gleeson.

 

Volunteering 2, pictured L-R, are Paul Thewlis, Gavin Bell, Helen Gleeson, Nigel Lynch, David Hassall, Calum Drysdale, Jasvinder Puar, Raymond Fisher, Craig Ford, Jonathan Street.

Volunteering 2, pictured L-R, are Paul Thewlis, Gavin Bell, Helen Gleeson, Nigel Lynch, David Hassall, Calum Drysdale, Jasvinder Puar, Raymond Fisher, Craig Ford, Jonathan Street.

Horsforth Children’s Centre is at Broadgate Primary School, North Broadgate Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5AF.

Horsforth Children’s Centre is a Sure Start centre acting as a service hub where children 0-5 years, and their families, can receive seamless integrated services and information. Their vision is that every child should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. The work carried out by the volunteers in revamping the garden area will help to contribute to the aim ‘to improve outcomes of all the children’.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £13.5bn (at 31st December 2015). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.