Pictured above: Members of E.ON’s Community Relations Team at Highwood Player School
A team of five volunteers from E.ON’s Community Relations team spent ‘Give and Gain Day’ transforming the playground at Highwood Player School in Bilborough in an out-of-this-world style.
The team painted a fun space-themed mural of aliens, space ships and moon craters to help inspire the children’s science lessons around planets and the universe, while at the same time giving vibrant and energetic colours to the once dull playground wall.
Alison Gibson, Community Involvement Officer at E.ON, said: “We have a strong relationship with Business in the Community and ‘Give and Gain Day’ was an event that we’re always keen to support through our Employee Volunteering Programme.
“The day was very rewarding for everyone in the team and our efforts were recognised by shouts from the playground of ‘wow that’s cool’, ‘amazing’, ‘awesome’ and ‘wicked’. You can’t get better feedback than that really can you.”
Amanda Robinson, teacher at Highwood Player School, said: “The children love the new mural in the playground and the educational posters about planets and space will be a big help too. We have established a great relationship with E.ON and are already planning a return visit for them to help with other projects we have in mind.”
Give and Gain Day is run by Business in the Community and is the UK’s only day dedicated to employee volunteering which encourages individuals to volunteer their expertise and time during working hours.
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.