Driver Hire has rounded off twelve months of celebrations to mark its 30th year in business by undertaking a series of community projects in and around Bradford – the city where it opened its first office. The projects, which involved just short of 40 staff from head office, delivered 300 hours of volunteering work.
Driver Hire’s community project teams certainly enjoyed rolling their sleeves up and getting stuck into a day’s work which was somewhat different to their normal routine.
Richard Crook, Driver Hire’s Quality Manager, led a team which tackled a project at Bradford Cyrenians, an organisation which assists Bradford’s homeless. “We swapped PCs for paintbrushes and decorated a training room for homeless men. Through their 24 hour hostel and ongoing support programmes, the Cyrenians do outstanding work helping homeless people find a new life away from the streets. We’re delighted that through this project we were able to play a small role in their ongoing success story.”
Another team of volunteers did a garden tidy at a local community centre. Driver Hire’s Franchise Marketing Manager, Kasia Baldwin was one of the gardening team. “It was very fitting that we were able to support the work of the centre which provides a really valuable service for local people – in particular the elderly and those suffering from dementia.”
And last but by no means least, a further team of volunteers spent a day at the Shipley Glen Tramway – the oldest working cable tramway in Britain. Sadly for the volunteers they didn’t have the opportunity to ride the rails. Instead they spent the day clearing undergrowth on either side of the track. Credit Control Assistant, Tom Sadeghi was one of those taking a day away from his desk to work on this project: “The tramway was a really popular choice. A lot of Driver Hire staff had very fond memories of it and were keen to give their time to help the regular team of volunteers who run it.”
Commenting on Driver Hire’s efforts, Bradford Volunteer Centre spokesperson Dave Forrest, Director said: “Driver Hire’s commitment to helping staff to volunteer not only provides a great way of team building but also of learning at firsthand about what is really going on in our community at grass roots level and putting something back. We are very keen to develop relationships with employers locally, as we know the amazing benefits that can be gained from all involved.”
Chris Chidley, Driver Hire’s Chief Executive Officer added: “Over the past 30 years, we’ve grown from a one office operation to a nationwide network which covers the country. To mark our anniversary we wanted to put something back into the local community. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on three really worthwhile projects based in Bradford, the city we’re proud to call our home.”