Just one day of volunteering can boost children's reading

Last Friday I got to work with a fantastic group of employee volunteers from the property investment company, Picton Capital. Working with an enthusiastic and generous group of volunteers reminds me why I’m very privileged to have such a great job.

The team of 11 designed and built a reading corner at Harry Gosling primary school in Tower Hamlets. The volunteers transformed an ordinary library space into a mythological wonderland full of legends and mystery to inspire the pupils to enjoy reading.

The Picton volunteers arrived ready for action in the morning fully prepared to get creative and to get stuck into some hard labour! No time was wasted and they went straight to their set tasks like champions. Even a mid-morning fire drill interruption didn’t phase them - the volunteers powered through to ensure they delivered everything they promised, and more.

It was great to see a group of volunteers work so well as a team. Each volunteer had their own tasks but they all supported each other to make sure the reading corner was finished to an excellent standard. They listened to each other and shared their opinions, although they had a good sense of fun so there was plenty of banter!

This was a great example of how a group of employees can come together to truly give something back in their local community. Yes they spent just a day at the school, but they created an inspiring reading corner that the pupils can enjoy for the rest of the school year. Not only this but they had carefully thought about their designs and plans and they made considerable effort to ensure that the pupils would enjoy what they had created. They kept that focus from beginning to end, and it showed in the brilliant result. The Assistant Head teacher was very pleased, saying: “It was far more than I could have expected.”