At Strike we love to work with charities and organisations who are doing good things and improving others’ lives. And we like to take the opportunity when we can to get involved and experience first-hand what they do.
A favourite local charity that Strike has supported for many years is Community of Purpose, whose purpose is to transform the lives and futures of young people in Bristol with the greatest need.
Strike’s junior account executive, Mateo, spent a couple of days out of the office this summer to volunteer on Break Free – the charity’s holiday activity programme that targets holiday hunger by providing high quality activities and free food for young people aged 8–13.
“I joined the Community of Purpose team at West Country Water Park to help them deliver some inflatable fun. The day was filled with fresh air, sunshine, and joyful mayhem. It offered a safe and exciting place for kids to express themselves by playing, shouting, and using creativity to find different routes across the inflatables.
I discovered that many of the Break Free young people go straight from primary to secondary school without meeting new young people over summer or doing any fun activities. This programme gives them the chance to try new things, which boosts their confidence and means they have something exciting to talk about when they get to secondary school. It’s also a space where they can be looked after and encouraged, feel proud of themselves for trying something out, and get to know new people including the CoP team and volunteers. A positive experience like this boosts their mental health and self-esteem, which is important in helping them view themselves positively.
Businesses can help in the most obvious and much-needed way through financial support and sponsorship, but other organisations, particularly smaller ones who don’t have access to big budgets, can also contribute meaningfully by donating their time. Without the support of volunteers, CoP would struggle to run all these activities and support the number of young people they do – and these activity days are really ‘all hands on deck’.
Volunteers also benefit from fun and rewarding days with a friendly team of people who care about helping others.
I really enjoyed volunteering – it was a really positive experience and lovely to meet the children and young people and help them have a great time, try something new and make friends.”
Find out more about Community of Purpose here.