As Responsible Business of the Year, National Grid played a lead role in this year’s Responsible Business Week (RBW).
Our theme for the week was ‘developing skills through service’, encouraging volunteering and networking while benefitting the community and learning new skills.
Our Community Investment and Education & Skills teams, together with CSV (our external community volunteering partner), worked hard to put together 17 fantastic activities across ten different locations, offering a mixture of skills-based sessions and community action days.
Around 130 employees, including 30 senior leaders, took part in the popular taster-sessions. Others joined in with The Big Bang, the UK young scientists and engineers fair, at the end of the week.
To give even more employees an opportunity to find out more about volunteering, a RBW roadshow also visited the Warwick, Strand, Wokingham and Hinckley offices during the week. At the roadshows, volunteers shared their experiences of volunteering and the benefits it has brought them. Employees were also encouraged to consider skills-based volunteering when planning their own personal development.
Carolyn Prior, Licence Assurance Analyst in Market Operation, helped with two workshops at the Wokingham Library (arranged with CSV) for Elevate Wokingham, an organisation that helps local people with employment and skills. She said: “Some of the participants at the workshop had additional needs. I volunteered because I am an advocate of disability issues and strongly feel that everybody should be given the best opportunities to succeed in life, regardless of age, gender or ability.
“It was also good to be able to put into practice the theories I have previously learned on the National Grid HR resourcing course. All the participants and volunteers really enjoyed the day and felt they took something useful away in terms of interview skills and experience.”
In the run-up to the RBW, all employees were encouraged to make a personal #iwill commitment to support youth social action. Here are some of the commitments you made.
For more information, videos, pictures and more, make sure you visit the Responsible Business of the Year site.