Gentoo’s Good Deed Day
Published by LauraMcKinlay for Gentoo Group in Communities
Good Deed Day
Generosity was in the air as volunteers from across Sunderland took part in transformational community projects to mark national Good Deed Day. Twenty-nine students from Sunderland University, 10 employees from Barclays Bank, and 92 members of staff from social business Gentoo Group made it one of the largest co-ordinated volunteering projects aimed at supporting communities in the North East.
The impact from this wave of volunteering was felt across communities and there was a fantastic neighbourly atmosphere as improvements were made to an incredible seven community buildings in just one day.
The projects that were transformed on the day included; Sans Street Youth Centre in Hendon, Rickleton Church in Washington, High Downs and Princess Gardens Older Person Schemes in Hetton, Town End Farm Residents Association, Silksworth Youth/Community Centre and Grindon Young Peoples Centre.
Amanda Ladner, Operations Manager (Volunteering) at Gentoo said: “Good Deed Day has given us the opportunity to highlight that every single person can contribute something, whether it large or small, to improve the lives of others. This has been a fantastic opportunity for Gentoo, Barclays and Sunderland University to unite and give support where it is needed most.
“The seven projects we worked in are immeasurably important to the people and communities of Sunderland and I hope the day acts as an example of how people with a passion to support others really can make a difference!”
The day kicked off the start of Student Volunteering Week which aims to integrate students with their local communities while making a positive difference and ultimately inspiring students to develop a long term passion for volunteering.
Nicola Simpson, Customer Solutions Manager at Barclays said: “The staff at Barclays in Doxford Park are always keen to support local initiatives and we were delighted to be invited to get involved in the Good Deed Day with Gentoo.”
Laura Hope, Opportunities Adviser at the University of Sunderland said: “Inspired by Gentoo’s previous community team challenges we decided to work in partnership and invite students to spend Good Deed Day renovating community venues across the city. We hope our work with Gentoo will benefit the many residents that use the facilities as well as providing excellent opportunities for our students; giving them essential employability and citizenship skills”
Gentoo is committed to helping communities create sustainable environments with excellent facilities where people are not only proud to live but also feel safe. Through its volunteering programme, Gentoo encourage its staff to give their time to activities that help improve what it calls the Art of Living for those residents in that community.
Gentoo Group’s whole ethos is about believing nothing is impossible and finding new ways to challenge conventions, Gentoo aims to make society a better place to live and to make a real difference to the way people live their life. To find out more about Gentoo, visit gentoogroup.com for more information or follow @gentoogroup on Twitter.