Supporting Local Charities: BACB Volunteers Return to Cedar House

Posted on 17/06/2022

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CH employee volunteering group photo

To kick off the bank’s series of BACB Together volunteering days, a team of volunteers returned to Cedar House, a registered care scheme in West London, on Thursday 26th May. Building on the work of their 2021 visit, in which colleagues provided the practical support needed for Cedar House to re-open following the pandemic, BACB volunteers helped with a number of decorating and gardening tasks to help maintain communal areas.

Starting early in the morning, the team focused on two main areas: the garden and the main office. In the garden, volunteers cleared surfaces of weeds and branches, created garden beds using upcycled wooden pallets, and constructed a designated composting area. In the office, another team of volunteers painted walls and shelves, helping create a better physical environment for the charity’s hard-working staff.

The volunteers’ efforts were appreciated not only by Cedar House but also by members of the local community, many of whom stopped by to chat and encourage the team.

Some of BACB’s volunteers were returning to the project having also participated last year. “It’s great to see the progress made here since our first visit in 2021, the support offered by volunteers clearly makes a real difference,” said James Meade.

“Returning to Cedar House to help such a deserving charity is very rewarding,” added Ed Fleckner, “but it’s also encouraging that many colleagues are joining a BACB Together volunteering day for the first time.”

Aside from the practical benefits of helping worthy causes and building relationships with local partner charities, BACB Together volunteering days also provide opportunities to enhance cooperation within the bank, bringing together people from different departments while giving back to the communities closest to us.

About Cedar House

Located in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cedar House is a registered care scheme providing 24-hour care, support and accommodation. The scheme supports its clients to develop independent living skills and to transform their lives in positive ways, and in doing so, empower them to play an active part in their local community and to live a more independent life.

Look Ahead Housing and Care is a charitable housing association which supports people across London and the South East who may be rough sleepers, those mental health needs, as well as women and children fleeing domestic violence.

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