On Wednesday 28th June, Wave held a social and sustainability day in Manchester, alongside the Canal and River Trust.
As part of Wave’s employee benefits, I was able to use my volunteering day and take part in the activities. It was great to be able to meet face-to-face with customers from Manchester City Council, Lancashire County Council, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and Stockport Council.
We got together at a nearby Starbucks for some introductions and an opening talk from our Director of Public Sector and Industrial Customers, Tony March. This was followed by Chris Bird, Volunteer Team Leader at Canal and River Trust, who let us know what we’d be doing for the day and some health and safety advice before we headed to the Rochdale Canal.
The team split into three smaller groups, each given a task. The tasks included litter picking, painting and maintenance work on planters which needed fixing to the safety railings and some new plants. These were by no means easy tasks, especially painting in the rain!
Although we could only cover a small area of the canal, it was really rewarding to see the difference that we made in just one day. Our customers enjoyed the opportunity too, as Lancashire County Council said: “the day was well organised, great to meet people from other public sector organisations and make a difference.”
Doing our bit
Wave is focussed on making positive changes, not just in the water industry, but in the wider communities too. We’re committed to a more sustainable tomorrow, so we’ve a number of corporate volunteering days planned across the country this year.
Not only does it make a great impact on the environment, it’s also a brilliant opportunity to network, build relationships and boost wellbeing.
To find out more about the work we’re doing to achieve our Social and Sustainability Promise, you can read our 2022/2023 Social and Sustainability Report. Or to get involved and join us at one of our future events, please speak to your account manager.