We show continued commitment and support to our community, our aim being to build relationships with local community groups and charitable organisations and assist by offering volunteering opportunities to staff.
We offer and encourages staff members to take time out of their normal working day to volunteer and help within the community and every staff member is given multiple days per year for volunteering activities.
Examples of activities include garden maintenance at a local Children’s Hospice to improve their outside space, helping at our local Food Bank, from collecting food donations to staff helping pack Christmas Hampers for those struggling financially.
We understand the importance of educational encounters with students and how this links to the future of progression by participating in local school careers fairs, apprenticeship events and school engagement sessions.
We always look for opportunities in which we can help within our community.
Willowdene Rehabilitation is a pioneering rehabilitation facility located in the heart of West Mercia, providing innovative rehabilitation, targeted training, work experience and resettlement to men and women facing complex issues. Willowdene provides an inclusive, safe environment where men and women can identify, acknowledge and tackle the issues of their past so that they can understand their present and build their future.
We are proud to be supporting Willowdene throughout 2020 and beyond, with staff members volunteering at the site as part of their free community support days.
Colleagues have supported Willowdene with a variety of tasks and activities such as landscaping and outdoor maintenance, painting and decorating and assisting with livestock duties.
“I am delighted that Aico is supporting Willowdene. Aico’s support will make a significant difference to students accessing our service, many of whom live in our county. The majority of students face multiple issues in life including substance misuse, domestic abuse, unemployment, mental health challenges and restricted education. We are pleased to be providing life changing interventions through the support generously offered by Aico.”
Dr Matt Home
Director – Willowdene Rehabilitation
“The recruitment of volunteers represents a perennial challenge for the Nightingale House retail team, so when Aico contacted our hospice to offer their support we welcomed them with open arms. The Aico team were an absolute joy to work with, they took time out to help sort through donations at our Donation Centre on Whitegate Industrial Estate and it’s great to see businesses being so proactive in the community. Their hard work has lessened the workload for our busy retail team, which is massively appreciated – thank you so much.”
Volunteer Manager – Nightingale Hospice