Monday, April 16, 2012

News: Capita and O2 give a helping hand to Rotherham school


A team from one of Rotherham's largest employers, Capita, and its client, O2, got its hands dirty recently when employees from the two businesses swapped telephones for spades as they rolled up their sleeves to support local school, Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary.

Co-ordinated by environmental charity Groundwork Dearne Valley, a team of over 30 volunteers from Capita's customer management site in Manvers, worked with O2 to transform the school's outdoor spaces and allotment area ready for the re launch of the schools new gardening club after Easter.

Claire Shaw, funding and volunteer co-ordinator for Groundwork Dearne Valley, said: "Being involved with local businesses and schools is something we are passionate about and seeing what can be achieved in just one day of volunteering is very rewarding."

The school suffered severe damage due to flooding at the end of 2010, losing many classrooms and resources. So every effort was made to help improve the children's facilities and provide a stimulating outdoor environment for the children, parents and teachers to enjoy.

Ros Edmond of Capita's customer management business, said: "Getting involved in local community projects is extremely satisfying. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day and hope our work will provide lots of enjoyment to everyone at the school for years to come."

Sue Bloomfield, from O2, added: "Supporting our communities is really important to O2 and working in partnership with Capita enabled us to take part in this truly worthwhile project. It was a fantastic day as colleagues came together from up and down the country to take part and great to see the transformation at the end of the day."

Simon Parton, Headteacher, Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School said: "Working with local people and organisations is so rewarding and it's great for the children to see that if you try to help others, like when we plant out the flower beds in the local shopping precinct, people will help you. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has worked with us. We are so grateful for all the support we've received on this project and we'll make sure we make good use of the resource in our learning."

Capita website

Groundwork Dearne Valley website

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