by Eleanor Malaney | 14 January 2019
I started working as an apprentice administrator for Sellick Partnership in late January last year. I could tell even from the interview stage that Sellick Partnership were heavily involved in charity work. This really impressed me as I had never worked for an organisation that had their own corporate social responsibility (CSR) committee.
I was really excited to join an organisation that was so active in voluntary work, as I have previously engaged in various voluntary projects myself and it is something that I am passionate about.
Prior to starting my role at Sellick Partnership, I was unemployed for a short time and this became quite a low and frustrating period for me, as it would be for anybody in that situation. I decided to take up voluntary work with a local volunteer centre where I lived. This volunteering experience was very rewarding and helped to improve my self-confidence and give me the sense of purpose that I needed.
Though I was pleased to have secured my full-time role at Sellick Partnership, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the time to volunteer, alongside studying for my apprenticeship and moving to a new area.
I was really pleased to find out that Sellick Partnership encourage their staff to get involved with charity work and give options to volunteer within work hours. Every member of staff is encouraged to take CSR days and claim back time in lieu for their voluntary work, which I think is an amazing benefit of working for the company.
Through our CSR days scheme I have been extremely fortunate to be able to volunteer with two incredible charities. The first being Mustard Tree which is a homeless charity that supports people across Greater Manchester who are living in poverty and facing homelessness. Mustard Tree run regular soup kitchens for the public; and I was able to volunteer here a couple of times.
The second is Wood Street Mission, a charity that supports children and families living in poverty in the Manchester and Salford areas. I volunteered at one of Wood Street Mission’s half term book club events where I helped children to choose donated books that they could keep and take home with them.
Through volunteering with these charities, I have been able to gain knowledge of future events which I will be taking part in. I also enjoyed volunteering at the Mustard Tree soup kitchen so much that I have decided to volunteer with another Manchester based homeless charity called Coffee4Craig, which Sellick Partnership have also supported in the past.
I would like to thank Sellick Partnership for encouraging voluntary work. It is so easy to become caught up in your own life and feel that you’re too busy to allocate any of your time to volunteer. However, charities are very grateful even just for a couple of hours of your time and knowing that you have helped somebody just by dedicating this time makes it worthwhile.