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JLL staff join national day celebrating power of volunteering

Bristol office of leading property consultancy JLL supports Hop, Skip and Jump

BRISTOL, May 15, 2015 – Today, over 20 staff from the Bristol office of leading property consultancy JLL are volunteering their time to help decorate a centre for people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The team of volunteers, which also includes representatives from the JLL Cardiff office, is taking part in Give & Gain Day, the only global day of employee volunteering, organised by Business in the Community.

Hop Skip and Jump provides flexible and immediate respite care for children and young adults in the South West, with one of its three centres based in Bristol.

The centres are open seven days a week, providing a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to engage and inspire children with disabilities and special educational needs.

Give & Gain Day is a global celebration of the power and potential of employee volunteering. It sees thousands of people across the globe spend a working day volunteering for good causes in their local community. Since 2008, over 110,000 people in 38 countries around the world have taken part.

Helen Jones, office manager at JLL in Bristol, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Hope, Skip and Jump, a fantastic charity, which supports children and young adults with life-limiting illness, disabilities and special needs across our region.
“Give & Gain is an excellent way of giving something back to the local area, while it also creates an important link between employers and the wider community, contributing to the personal and professional development of our staff.”

Almost 100 companies are helping 124 community organisations in the UK this year. In total, the value of time donated by volunteers across the UK on Give & Gain Day will be £1.7 million – an invaluable investment for communities.

Business volunteers are helping in schools, day centres and youth groups, doing everything from delivering employability workshops and CV training for the long term unemployed to supporting school sports days.

Stephen Howard, chief Executive of Business in the Community said Give & Gain Day is an opportunity for businesses, community organisations and schools to celebrate what can be achieved through the power of volunteers. “Employee volunteering is a win-win: the experience builds skills and motivates employees, whilst helping to meet community needs.”

Sponsored by Waitrose and in association with BT, Give & Gain Day 2015 is dedicated to getting thousands of employees out of the office, store or factory to volunteer in their local communities. By making volunteering fun, accessible and inspirational Business in the Community aims to make it something that all businesses give their staff an opportunity to do in work time.