In 2017 more than 200 RSA employees in the UK donated 1,500+ hours supporting local causes during Volunteers’ Week

Helping people find sustainable employment

Colleagues from London, Sunderland and Manchester spent 180 hours running employability workshops to help 100 people gain skills and confidence to find sustainable employment. This is part of RSA’s Ready, Set, Achieve programme which employees have run in schools, colleges and community centres across the UK.

Colleagues from our London office ran an employability workshop for ex-offenders at Hope Family Trust. The charity’s manager said “the workshop surpassed my expectations. My boys gave high praise which, believe me when I say so, is not common!”

Supporting community projects

In Chelmsford, colleagues revitalised the gardens at Farleigh Hospice, a charity they support throughout the year with fundraising. Patients now have a fabulous green space to enjoy all year round.

In London, volunteers spent a day serving lunch and hosting games at the Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation. Further teams constructed flowerbeds and mucked out at Stepney City Farm and helped Core Landscapes community garden move to a new location.

Volunteers from our Peterborough office helped out at Nene Valley Railway, Thorpe Hall Hospice and the Railworld Wildlife Haven. At the Green Backyard, a community garden created from a derelict allotment site, green-fingered RSA and Nationwide colleagues worked together to return the greenspace to life.

Volunteering is a year-round commitment

Our big-hearted colleagues support local community projects every day throughout the year; not just during Volunteers’ Week. RSA gives all employees two days, in addition to their annual leave allowance, to volunteer for causes close to their hearts. In 2017, they donated over 7,500 hours of time.