Volunteering

Each year, the Trust provides financial support for apprentices, from our internal and external apprenticeship scheme, to undertake much needed volunteering activity in the local community.

In June 2018, another three amazing projects were successfully completed following a donation of £6,000.00 from the Trust.  Apprentices jumped into action to support three worthy projects over an intensive four day period close to the Burnaston plant.

 

Stanton Vale School

The first was Stanton Vale School in Long Eaton who cater for 83 pupils aged 2 to 19, all of whom have severe and profound learning difficulties, sensory and physical impairments. 14 Apprentices rolled up their sleeves to give their memorial garden a new lease of life.  Block paving was laid, benches and sensory items introduced and a memorial structure built, enabling pupils to remember lost friends.

Alison Brown, Stanton Vale Friends Association Secretary, said “we are overwhelmed by the fabulous improvements made by the apprentices. They showed amazing enthusiasm from start to finish and pupils have already chosen to spend their free time in this beautiful tranquil setting”.

 

Kingsmead Special School

Not too far away in Alvaston, Kingsmead Special School benefitted from the hard work of 12 Apprentices. The school provides education and support for young people with behavioral, emotional and social difficulties. The apprentices developed an outdoor area, enabling students to participate in gardening activities.  A seating area, planters and a poly tunnel were built allowing students to grow their own plants, whilst helping to develop social skills at the same time.

Brenda Flint, Senior Assistant Head, Kingsmead School, said "the apprentices were thoughtful, mature and sensitive to the needs of the students and the staff. The planning and work had to be carried out in a very short period of time and they rose to the challenge.  From the school can I offer– a very, very big thank you”.

 

CHICKs

Last, but not least, was the wonderful charity CHICKS. CHICKS provide free, week-long respite breaks for disadvantaged children aged between 8 and 15.  A fire pit, pathway and seating for up to 25 children was built at its Daleside Retreat in Ashbourne, creating an amazing outdoor area.

Mabel Duncombe, Partnerships Manager, CHICKS, commented “we are so grateful to the apprentices who worked so tirelessly to create a spectacular fire pit at our Daleside Retreat. Thank you so much to the Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust whose exceptional generosity enabled this project to happen. Hundreds of disadvantaged children will now experience their very first campfire providing some truly magical moments that they will never forget – priceless”.

 

Funded by the Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust, the volunteering projects form part of the company’s commitment to supporting the local community, whilst aiming to further develop the apprentices’ interpersonal skills in teamwork and leadership.

Jim Crosbie, Trustee of the Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust, said “it is a privilege to support our local communities in this way.  As well as equipping our apprentices with valuable life learning skills, it also provides vital support to local and much needed organisations".

Should you be aware of any local charities or organisations who may benefit from a helping hand in 2019, please contact the External Affairs Team, details of which can be found here.