Saving furniture from landfill
EVERYTHING, INCLUDING THE KITCHEN SINK
A Reading-based tech company did not compromise on their sustainability values in their office move. With a complete overhaul of their new office in process, the company found themselves with a lot of redundant furniture in need of a home. Enter Connect Reading and their network of local organisations. Armed with sticky labels and a room full of furniture, six Connect Reading non-profit members were given the opportunity to lay claim to items that would be beneficial to their organisation. Desks, tables, chairs and much more found residency in their new homes and the giving did not stop there. After a quick word with the landlord, the tech company defied the age-old idiom by donating everything, including the kitchen sink, which, alongside the rest of the kitchen went to a local charity!
Local Hotel Team CHallenge
BATTLING ISOLATION IN THE COMMUNITY
A Reading hotel embarked on an alternative style of challenge to help battle over 50s isolation. Having been provided with a shortlist of potential Team Challenge opportunities, the hotel decided upon a local community centre as a rewarding experience for their employees and the community. The community centre’s over 50’s Club provides a caring and compassionate environment for local older people who struggle with or are facing isolation in the community. Visitors can spend their lunch at the centre or engage in fun and sociable activities and gatherings. The hotel employees joined the club’s attendees for an afternoon of tea, biscuits and bingo. The team chatted with the visitors before presenting an industrial sized fish pie for lunch, which had amusing difficulties fitting in the club’s oven! After lunch, games were played and the bingo began. Competition was fierce as the visitors played for a meal for four, kindly donated by the hotel as a prize.