We hear from INTO employees who take up their volunteering opportunity

INTO Giving and INTO HR put their heads together and – voila! INTO employees now receive two paid volunteering days a year to use during the working week!

INTO Employees go volunteering!

23 Mar 2018


We’ve already had employees take up the opportunity in Manchester and Brighton. The first being Russell Scott, who volunteered at a Homeless Shelter over the Christmas period, and the second a team from the HR department who helped out at an environmental and community project at Stanmer Park near Brighton.

The experience of working outside and tilling the soil alongside local people with learning difficulties and mental health issues was both enriching and fulfilling, say these three HR employees...

Spending a day with Stanmer Community Garden Group was an enriching experience. I could see how therapeutic the community spirit and gardening activities are to the members, some of whom have been coming there for over 20 years. They could not have been friendlier, welcoming us with a cup of tea and showing us how to prepare the soil for spring planting. The day flew by, and it was rewarding to spend time getting to know not only the Community Garden Group, but my colleagues while supporting a worthwhile cause - James Reuben, Organisation Development Director.

It was so inspiring and truly humbling to help out in these community gardens that are so important to those regular volunteers with learning difficulties and mental health issues. The icing on the cake was that it allowed the global HR team to spend a few hours together in a different setting from usual, which I think strengthened relationships. I highly recommend volunteering to others at INTO, for the difference it can make to your chosen cause, and the growth it can bring you personally -  Lorraine Slattery, Chief People Officer.


This really was teambuilding at its finest! There are few things as instantly gratifying as helping others, and we experienced exactly that while volunteering at Stanmer. It was so rewarding to see the fruits of our labours at the end of the day, such as newly weeded vegetable beds, freshly clipped plants and greenery. The staff could not have been more welcoming or gracious to us during this excursion, and I hope to visit again in the future. Thank you, Stanmer Community Garden Group! - Kimberly Vargas, Human Resources Director, North America.

INTO Manchester Visa Compliance Officer Russell Scott volunteered for the Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter.

‘’It was good to transfer my skills and experience working in student support, to the role of a shift volunteer at a night shelter,” says Russell.

“Talking to the shelter’s guests, building a rapport and being non-judgemental was key. Helping them feel like the shelter was their home; over time the guests started to build up supportive friendships with each other… I would strongly recommend all IUP employees to use their two days each year, as it is a fantastic opportunity.’’

You can volunteer for community and humanitarian causes that are close to your own heart, causes you’re already supporting or you’ve long wanted to help because they’ve helped your family or friends. Have a look at the volunteering pages on INTO Giving’s website for more details.