Scotch whisky and premium gin producer Chivas Brothers is set to mark National Volunteers Week 2017 by ramping up its efforts to support community projects nationwide. The activity will form part of the seventh edition of Responsib’ALL Day, a global day of action hosted annually by its parent company, Pernod Ricard.
Chivas Brothers’ 1,600 employees will join forces to help support and develop their local communities with dedicated projects across the UK including restoring a children’s play area through to revamping shared spaces for vulnerable children and adults. The events will take place near Chivas Brothers’ sites in London and Scotland on Thursday 1st June.
Dozens of volunteers from Chivas Brothers site in Paisley will join forces with employees from Dumbarton to support Quarriers Village, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities for vulnerable children, adults and their families. The teams will be tasked with improving facilities by decorating communal spaces, developing a sensory garden for residents and building a brick BBQ.
The team in Paisley will also partner with a local food bank, where they will be encouraged to donate food items for those most in need.
Elaine Watt, who works as a CNC Team Lead at Chivas Brothers’ Paisley site, said: “We’re really proud to be volunteering with Quarriers Village. The charity does so much to support vulnerable children and adults and the more we can do to improve their surroundings the better. I hope that the gardening and decorating work creates a fun space for residents to enjoy. I’m really glad Chivas Brothers hosts Responsib’ALL Day as it gives us the opportunity to make a real difference in our community.”
Alice Harper, Quarriers Chief Executive, added: “We are delighted that Chivas Brothers has chosen to support Quarriers with this year’s Responsib’All Day. Volunteers play such a big part in the work we do at Quarriers: their hard work and dedication is invaluable in helping the people we support to get more out of life and reach their true potential. It is really commendable that the staff at Chivas Brothers volunteer with charities on such a large scale every year, and it’s a fantastic way to start Volunteers’ Week. We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone involved.”
Throughout the year, Chivas Brothers offers a volunteering programme and provides funding to encourage positive change across areas local to its sites. Employees are able to take part in a range of different community projects including Chivas Spirit of Support – a staff inspired volunteering programme – and the company’s Doubling Up scheme, where the firm will match up to £500 in fundraising per employee. On top of that, employees can vote for a Charity of the Year which is subsequently supported through fundraising initiatives.
Investing in and developing local communities is just one of Chivas Brothers business priorities along with, promoting responsible drinking, protecting the planet and empowering its people.