25th August 2023

Making a difference through volunteering

Volunteering days allow our people to give back to their local community.

Social Value Manager, Bruce Nixon, used his four Sir Robert McAlpine volunteering days to support a local charity. He recommends this rewarding experience to everyone. 

Bruce NixonEmmaus is a homelessness charity with a difference. It doesn’t just provide shelter for the night but a home for as long as individuals need it, along with offering meaningful work and training in social enterprises. Currently, Emmaus supports 850 people across its 29 UK sites and hopes to provide a home to 1,100 people by 2025.

Having previously worked with a number of homelessness charities in London, Bruce was keen to put his set of volunteering days towards a worthwhile initiative closer to home. Thinking local, he decided to spend all four of them at Emmaus Village Carlton in Bedfordshire, where he lives.  

Over a four week period in June, Bruce was working in donations, helping to process stock, securing gift aid contributions, and even saved a few money makers for the charity that would have otherwise been missed. A photo processing unit that was set to be discarded ended up making the charity more than £200 through an online sale, raising essential funds to be put towards Emmaus’s good work!

Getting involved with a worthwhile charity is always massively personally rewarding. Even if you only use one of Sir Robert McAlpine’s four volunteering days, make sure you do, and use them wisely.

Bruce Nixon

Bruce Nixon, Social Value Manager

These volunteering days have helped Bruce to support an important cause and make a difference. It is always fantastic to see our people embrace our caring family values by using their time and skills to give back to their local communities.

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