PARKERVILLE Children and Youth Care was one of 134 groups to benefit from the hard yakka of Lendlease employees.
About 20 employees rolled up their sleeves on September 12 to renovate an unused family cottage, one of four buildings used to provide shared accommodation for children who have experienced child abuse.
The workload varied from painting, gardening and a general clean-up of a home for up to four children.
Parkerville Children and Youthcare communications manager Vicky Absalom-Hornby said ongoing support from companies like Lendlease was invaluable.
“By providing manpower to aid our services, they not only support the specialist services we provide, but also help us raise awareness of child abuse in the community,” she said.
Least year, more than 4000 Lendlease employees participated in a community day across the company’s regions in Australia and the US in September, Europe in October and Asia in November, representing more than 39,688 volunteering hours.
Lendlease Group Head of Sustainability Geoff Dutaillis said the community day gave employees a chance to apply their skills where most needed outside the business.
“Employees can lead a project team or join a project in their local area or one that resonates with them personally to reinforce our strong partnerships with the community,” he said.
Since the community day started in 1996, he said the support had ranged from aiding disaster recovery efforts to renovating buildings for those struggling with homelessness or domestic violence.
Group employees also restored green spaces and assisted children with special needs.
Lendlease also runs Community 365, a program for employees to participate in skilled volunteering throughout the year.
Under the program, employees nominate a cause of their choice and through regular volunteering, build on their leadership, decision-making and problem-solving abilities.