KPMG’s “Make a Difference” in the community initiative

August 18th, 2010 by KPMG

Staff members from KPMG in Guernsey headed out of the office again this summer as part of the organisation’s annual ‘Make a Difference’ initiative.

This year, over 100 staff are taking part in the initiative. They will be working on a number of community initiatives across the island including creating a Centenary Garden at Vauvert Primary School, working with the Culture and Leisure department on environmental projects at Castle Cornet, Fermain Battery and the Ivy Castle at Chateau de Marais, helping at the WRVS Jubilee Day Centre for the elderly, providing extra man-power to help the organisers demount the North Show and providing a task force for the walled garden at Saumarez Park.

KPMG employees helping the community (click image to expand)

The work with the department will be demanding and will involve reinstating the flower beds and planted borders along Well Walk at Castle Cornet; clearing around 20 metres of flowering plants, weeds and grasses whilst retaining those plants that can be reused; removing ivy and weeds from the walls; and replanting the area with attractive and appropriate plants, both new and recycled

At Fermain Battery, the team have been clearing an area covered by hottentot fig, weeds and undergrowth; weeding the whole battery; and undertaking litter picking on the beach. At Ivy Castle, the KPMG volunteers will help with the removal of trees from the site and generally clear both entrances to the Chateau; weed the magazine and clear brambles around the perimeter wall.

‘Every year, KPMG identifies projects in that will have an impact on our community.’ said KPMG Managing Director Mark Thompson. ‘Make a Difference projects are now a firm fixture for KPMG and staff now keenly anticipate these days as a very popular feature of the summer schedule. Staff are encouraged to nominate projects which mean something to them personally and the choice of projects this year gives everyone the opportunity to choose something that appeals to them whilst benefitting the community. Passers by at the sites we have been working on have been applauding our work, which helps spur us on. These events also help us forge new relationships with our partners on these projects and we encourage and support staff to continue volunteering individually all year round with a matched time policy.’

Helen Glencross, Historic Sites Curator for Culture and Leisure is grateful for the help her department will be receiving this week.

KPMG staff volunteering (click image to expand)

‘Keeping on top of the local sites of interest is always a big job and it is often the environmental aspect which needs the most input. Having volunteers from KPMG to help us will be a really big help to us and will enable us to get so much more done than we would have been able to in such a short time frame otherwise.’ she said. ‘Last year KPMG outperformed our expectations in the amount they achieved at Vale Castle and despite persistent drizzle yesterday at Ivy Castle, it looks as though they will be doing the same this year – everyone is working extremely hard’.

2010 is the fifth year in which KPMG has taken part in the summer projects making a difference in the community. Previously, teams from the firm have laid a walkway encircling Vale Castle, redecorated Les Bourgs Hospice Charity Store, undertaken conservation work at L’Eree and Le Prevote and worked at Vale Church Hall, North Youth Centre, Lihou Island and WRVS Jubilee Day Centre. Throughout July and August this year, teams from KPMG have also provided holiday cover for regular volunteers at the WRVS Jubilee House day centre for the elderly, serving teas coffees and lunches.

Staff at KPMG in Jersey are also tackling projects this week at the Jersey Cheshire Home, JSPCA, Jersey Hospice and with Jersey Trees for Life.

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