Pictured above: Alison Gibson, E.ON Employee Involvement Officer (left) wins Community Impact Champion of the Year 2010 at the West Midlands BITC awards
Alison Gibson, Employee Involvement Officer for E.ON, has won Community Impact Champion of the Year 2010 at the Business in the Community (BITC) awards.
The award recognises individuals in the West Midlands who have created the most sustainable impact in disadvantaged communities, through either working in the community themselves or through inspiring and engaging colleagues to become actively involved.
Alison received the award for her work with Brandon Wood Farm in Coventry, which provides vocational training for adults with learning disabilities. She managed to get more than 100 colleagues to spend almost 800 hours volunteering at the farm, helping it to develop its ambitions.
Alison Gibson, Employee Involvement Officer at E.ON said: “I was thrilled to bits to receive this award. Brandon Wood Farm is such a fantastic place to visit.
“The enthusiasm and dedication of the people there inspires me to make sure we support them wherever possible. All our employees have had a wonderful experience while working there and I hope we can continue to be part of the farm’s fabulous plans.”
Projects undertaken range from turning an unused room into a farm shop for users to sell products made in craft classes, to building barn owl boxes fitted with cameras to help users and visitors monitor the species.
The work that E.ON teams have completed has supported the farm’s aspirations to open to the public and expand its social enterprise scheme.
Jo Ann Dundas of Brandon Wood Farm said: “Over the past few years Alison has been a wonderful support in developing our resources for both adults with learning disabilities and the wider community, which may not otherwise been possible.
“Alison has led the way in working with us and the E.ON teams with great enthusiasm, communication and commitment, often going the extra mile to ensure it is a great experience for everyone.”
E.ON’s Community Relations team also celebrated success at the East Midlands BITC awards where the company won the Community Innovation Award for its Energy for Children Centre’s, as well as two Big Tick re-accreditations for their EnergyRight and Energy Experience campaigns.
E.ON finds volunteering opportunities for employees across the UK, working with schools, older people and other vulnerable groups as part of its wider community relations programme. In 2009, E.ON employees spent over 8,000 hours volunteering in their local communities.