Staff from an Amber Valley housing association have this week swapped life at their desks for a week out of the office getting involved in community projects.
Futures Homescape, which manages around 6,000 homes in the borough, has allowed staff to get out of the office to help out with projects such as hosting a tea dance and helping with repairs at a Ripley school.
The event, known as Make a Difference Day (MADD), is an annual one run by the organisation and this year has been extended to a week in order to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week.
This is third year Futures Homescape, part of Futures Housing Group, has allowed staff to take a break from their day jobs and work as volunteers. And more than 135 staff will be leaving their desks.
“MADD is a great way for us to do something extraordinary for our community,” said Futures Homescape community development manager Sarah Whattam.
“Just like last year, we’ve been overwhelmed with the support that our staff have given to this project; not only to those that go out and get stuck in, but also to those who volunteer to stay behind at the offices too. If not for them, we absolutely could not do it.”
The projects confirmed for this year’s MADD include helping local schools with a host of projects working inside and outside of the classroom.
Other projects planned for MADD include cleaning up an allotment area, litter picking in Heanor, and hosting a tea dance for residents at the Egreaves Centre in Loscoe.