CSR – the final verdict!
So we’re at the end of another year’s CSR week and I wanted to report back on the final results, what we’ve gained from the experience, and where we go from here!
This year was our first year spent with Oak Lodge School, London and our third year with Vuyani Pre-Primary School, Cape Town. There were many new challenges this year for both projects including carrying out all the all the sourcing, planning and actual work needed to be managed by ourselves using our experiences from previous projects.
Both projects were a big success; we all enjoyed spending time with our respective schools, as well as each other. We finished the projects on time and left a lasting reminder that will be of benefit to others in our community. There was a lot of hard-graft, and a lot of laughs – for some of us it was the first time we’d really had the opportunity to work with people in completely different teams in the office, so a great opportunity to get to know each other. We also definitely learnt some new skills; there was a rather alarming moment when I realised that I had to teach a small group how to putty a new pane of glass into the greenhouse, and had only ever watched someone doing it the past. However we all figured it out between us and did a good job!
What we also learnt whilst setting up and planning the projects was just how much good-will there is out there. Many people had a real desire to get involved either by donating their time or donating money. So many people have helped us in many ways, but particularly Travis Perkins in Balham Hill, Travis Perkins Toolhire in Balham, FCP architects and Tony at Design Building Ltd. I also wanted to say a huge thank you to the numerous people who helped us out with the fundraising this year; it was an enormous effort across both projects.
Finally I wanted to send a message to everyone at both Vuyani and Oak Lodge to say thank you for welcoming us so openly, and for allowing us into your schools and to experience your lives; that has been the biggest learning experience of all. We’re really looking forward to continuing to work with you in the future!