ELBA connects London City Airport with local partners to stage successful Volunteering Fortnight
Entering into the spirit of Volunteers Week, London City Airport kicked their employee Volunteering Fortnight off with a range of activities supporting organisations in east London.
Teams of volunteers worked hard during the first two weeks of June supporting organisations in a wide geographical area including Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
The volunteers brought a wide range of time, skills and expertise: hands on practical tasks to support eco-volunteering at Urban Wilderness and Core Landscapes; practical food collections in a “supermarket sweep” for Barking Foodbank; employability and money skills at Buxton School; a tea party for the elders at Neighbours in Poplar and interview skills to support unemployed graduates at ELBA.
Fabienne Gress, Corporate Social Responsibility Executive at London City Airport, said:
“Since the airport opened nearly 30 years ago, we’ve grown and developed our relationship with local organisations and charities. This year, with the help of East London Business Alliance (ELBA), we’ve expanded our volunteering fortnight to offer even more opportunities for staff from all parts of the airport to take time out from day-to-day duties and contribute to good causes and initiatives.”
The Volunteering Fortnight is part of London City Airport’s wider volunteering programme, which enables its workforce to contribute their time and help organisations across East London throughout the year. Later this summer, London City Airport employees will offer their business skills in Redbridge to RAMFEL, Refugees and Migrants Forum in East London, to support its operational efficiencies and client services.
The students at Buxton School in Leyton were very excited about their workshop with Airport staff
“I learnt that to become what you want you have to study and work hard. I now understand what kind of skills employers looks for.”