Southerly go back to school to inspire children to read

Staff from Battersea company Southerly went back to school on Friday to create an exciting reading corner at Falconbrook Primary School.

The creative content agency volunteered to transform a part of the school library into a castle complete with fairy lights and cushions, to encourage children at the school to read. They see volunteering as an ideal way to spend time together as a team – and give something back to their local community. 

Shelley Hoppe, CEO of Southerly, said: “We could have had a whip round in the office and contributed money to charity. But we wanted to use our creative skills to bond as a team, have fun and do something to make a big impact somewhere nearby that really needed it.”

Our chief executive Helen Walker joined the volunteers to help create the reading corner and take part in a film that Southerly are making about what the day achieved for local children.

What a transformation - the finished reading cornerLocal branches of Homebase and B&Q in Wandsworth very generously donated materials for the volunteers to use on the day. And as you can see from the photos, the finished result looks great!

We love organising employee volunteering challenges for companies that want to make a difference in the communities where they live and work. It was a real pleasure to work with Southerly as they are a great team of very creative and generous people. They really cared about making the best reading corner they could, and all this effort showed in the fantstic quality of the finished reading corner.