Volunteer and ‘Be a Saint’ for a day

Angelic cherub Sophie Douglas with Denise Hayward, CEO, Volunteer Now, Denise Cranston, BITC, and Emma Gibson of The Henderson Group
Angelic cherub Sophie Douglas with Denise Hayward, CEO, Volunteer Now, Denise Cranston, BITC, and Emma Gibson of The Henderson Group

Business in the Community is calling for employers from across Northern Ireland to release their employees for the annual Be a Saint Day on Friday 16 March 2018 to help a range of charities through volunteering.

Taking place in partnership with Volunteer Now and supported by SPAR, ‘saintly’ duties will include a range of fun, practical challenges – from running a charity shop for a day to garden maintenance – there will be something for everyone.

“Be a Saint Day is an opportunity for local businesses, and their employees, to roll their sleeves up and give something back to their local communities in a ‘hands on’ way,” said bitc communities manager Hilary Hanberry.

“From furniture upcycling to gardening or helping out at animal sanctuaries – there’s plenty to choose from.

“Last year, 25 businesses took part, and we hope 2018 will see even more get on board.”

Bronagh Luke, head of corporate marketing for the Henderson Group, owners of the SPAR franchise in Northern Ireland, said “This is our fourth year supporting ‘Be a Saint Day’ and we are thrilled to continue our support.

“We are very proud of the impact it has made on local communities over the past few years, with hundreds of charities benefitting from employees lending a hand for the day. Last year, over 350 volunteers took part – giving 2,136 hours directly to their communities. This is an enormous support to the charities involved, who otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to carry out many of the tasks.”

Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now said: “Volunteers make a tremendous contribution to communities across Northern Ireland; many local organisations wouldn’t be able to deliver services deeply valued by many people without their time and dedication. To register, email mail angela.mccartney@bitcni.org.uk or call (028) 9046 0606.