Lloyds Banking Group plc have committed to helping 4 services across the UK in partnership with The Disabilities Trust, a leading national charity providing specialist community-based and residential support for adults with acquired brain injury, complex physical or learning disabilities and for people with autism, including education.
It forms part of their colleague volunteering programme which enables colleagues to spend at least one day per year volunteering for a charity or community project of their choice.
The first visit was to Graham Anderson House in Glasgow, a specialist neurobehavioural assessment and post-acute rehabilitation hospital for people with a non-progressive acquired brain injury (ABI). In addition to the main 25 bed hospital, its new development Eastfields has four-bed single storey properties which include transitional living opportunities. Graham Anderson House and Eastfields form part of the nationwide network of specialist rehabilitation centres provided by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).
Staff were keen to help the service and volunteered their time to help in the garden, painting fences. Some of the feedback after the team had finished were:
James Bone: “Great day and great to be involved in giving something back”.
Elaine Lumsden: “Really rewarding to see the difference we made to the grounds once the surrounding fences being painted. We also had an opportunity to work alongside someone who lived in the unit and it was insightful to hear about their experience”.
Scott Bland: “After attending Graham Anderson House, not only did I feel like I had supported them by painting the fencing, I feel like I really learned about the Trust and what they do. They provide invaluable care to those in need and I am glad I could contribute”.
Fundraising manager, Hayley Wicker-Bradbury commented to say: “Its great when corporate supporters come forward to help in this way. Donations are always welcome, but to be in our services, seeing the work we do and the impact they have by helping, really stands out to everyone. We look forward to working with Lloyds Banking Group over the summer as they head to different units and thank them for their hard work”.
They head to Tŷ Aberdafen in Wales next.