Employees from pallet, landscaping and production firm, The P&A Group volunteered within the community on Friday 16th May, to give something back as part of Business In The Community’s Give & Gain Day 2014.

Team members from across the company helped pupils from Wrexham schools to enjoy a vast range of sporting activities. The day focused on the Commonwealth Games and gave children the chance to try out a range of sports, from badminton and judo to squash and running. The P&A Panda led a special parade, which gave the children chance to show off the flags they had made for the occasion.

Give & Gain Day 2014 is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering and is coordinated by Business In The Community – the business-led charity that stands for responsible business. Give & Gain Day is a celebration of the power and potential of employee volunteering. Held on 16th May this year, Give & Gain Day saw over 1,000 volunteers from companies across Wales working on projects that can make a real difference to people’s lives.

By getting unprecedented numbers of people out volunteering on one day, BITC is helping businesses across Wales to champion the talent, skill, energy and passion of Welsh employees and the role they can play in helping communities prosper.

The P&A Group regularly and actively supports a range of community and charitable initiatives throughout the year. Steve Morgan, Managing Director of The P&A Group Of Companies, provides mentoring support for the Caia Park Partnership in Wrexham. With the help of its customers, suppliers and supporters, the company raised in excess of £18,500 during 2013 for Alder Hey Children’s Charity. The company has recently announced a fundraising drive for Alzheimer’s Society in 2014.

Business In The Community in Wales has worked with a variety of charities and community organisations, including Sport Inspired and the Cardiff Blues Foundation, to research and arrange projects in a range of settings, including schools, youth groups, rugby clubs and community centres.

Speaking about The P&A Group’s involvement, Steve Morgan said, “I’m delighted The P&A Group supported Give & Gain Day again this year. As a business that values our links with the local community, it is great to be giving something back in this way. Getting out of our normal work environment and working as a team will be a great way for our employees to learn new skills that they can take back to our workplace. Give & Gain Day is a fantastic opportunity and I’d encourage everyone to get involved next year!”

Commenting, Rosie Sweetman, Director of Business in the Community in Wales, said, “Over 1,000 employee volunteers signed-up and volunteered this year, which was an amazing achievement and a real demonstration that business in Wales is a force for good in communities across the country. It is encouraging to see that in the current economic climate, with growth slowly rebuilding and unemployment dropping, employees and companies across Wales recognise the value of volunteering. Give & Gain Day is not a working day lost; instead it is an invaluable opportunity to help shape a more productive workforce for the future. Staff learn new skills, develop as a team as well as thoroughly enjoy getting out of their normal work environment.”

Give & Gain Day 2014 was coordinated by Business in the Community, the business-led charity that stands for responsible business. Give & Gain Day is sponsored nationally by Lloyds Banking Group, Society and Waitrose, in association with BT and ITV. In Wales Give & Gain Day is supported by the Welsh Government, RCT Homes and their supply chain partners, Quicksons, M. DeLacey & Sons and Jasonic.