Finance Wales roots for Cwmbran’s Centre for Young People
On Friday 13th June, a team of fourteen volunteers from Finance
Wales will be leaving their desks for a day’s work in the local
community. Finance Wales’ staff will be taking part in a project
called ‘Mind Your Roots’, where volunteers will improve interior
and exterior areas of the Cwmbran Centre for Young People
Finance Wales and CCYP were brought together by Business in the
Community (BITC), an organisation which introduces its members to
community partners. In the last year, BITC programmes mobilised
over half a million hours of volunteer time, which is equivalent to
over 300 working years in 365 days.
Offering both a drop-in centre and a training facility, CCYP
supports life skills and provides opportunities to gain
qualifactions through recreational, social and educational
activities, information and support including counselling and
Hannah Dixon, who is coordinating the project said, “CCYP plays
a key role in the lives of local young people and encourages them
to achieve their ambitions. Some of the young people who use this
centre will be working with us on the day to deliver this project.
Many of them will then be able to use the experience and skills
acquired towards initiatives or qualifications that they are a part
“Finance Wales strives to achieve sustainable practices in its
day-to-day activities, both within our core business activity and
within our local communities. Volunteering opportunities such as
this one really show the positive role that business can have in
In 2013, Finance Wales’ volunteers completed a project at
Herbert Thompson Primary School in Ely, Cardiff. As part of Give
and Gain Day, a day of national volunteering, the volunteers turned
the playground into a colourful and vibrant place for pupils to
play and learn.
A year has now passed and the impact of the work carried out is
evident. The head teacher Bethan Hocking said: “The hard work and
dedication of the Finance Wales volunteers has had a huge impact on
many young lives. We can now teach the curriculum in the outdoor
classroom, regularly changing the focus of the area to a new topic.
It was an absolute pleasure to have this group of volunteers join
us for a day and they will be remembered for a very long time.”
Finance Wales is a BITC member and is also sponsoring its Wales
Responsible Business of the Year – Small award in 2014.
Finance Wales encourages the businesses it invests in to adopt
responsible business practices.