Seasalt Volunteering in 2019

In 2018 we introduced Seasalt Volunteering. Last year we rolled it out across the business and held our first ever Volunteering Awards. By allowing each one of us the chance to give back to the communities where we live and work with an additional day’s paid leave, 555 of us gave our time and skills to support causes close to our hearts.

“Giving back to the community is extremely important to a business like ours. At this scale, with over 1000 employees up and down the country, we have the opportunity to give back to every community we touch.” Paul Hayes, CEO Seasalt

In total across the year, our teams in the UK and Ireland gave up over 3000 hours of their time to support 129 local charities – equal to around 395 days of volunteering!

From May this year our store teams joined the charge, meaning that every employee is now involved. They embraced volunteering wholeheartedly and got stuck in helping an amazing 17 different charities in their first 2 months!

Across the company, we have supported all sorts of activities including conservation, community and regeneration projects, creative workshops, animal welfare, litter picking and serving food to the homeless. We’re more than happy to get our hands dirty and will take on all sorts, no matter how big or small!

Here is what a few of our wonderful volunteers and the charities we have helped said about their experiences of Seasalt Volunteering:

“It was great to be able to take time away from my normal duties to volunteer with colleagues and help at a local branch of the Salvation Army. Getting involved was a humbling and fulfilling experience – not to mention enormous fun!” Lucy Morgan, Seasalt

“Volunteers are a vital part of our day centre to help and support the work we do. There was no funding available or people with expertise to do this [renovate the day room] so when Seasalt offered to help this was a huge support to us. The volunteers were kind and caring and worked in a respectful way. They interacted with everyone and we really enjoyed their company. A huge thank you to everyone.” Lucy Downing, Age UK Falmouth

“Now that Seasalt is one of the biggest employers in the county, I feel we have a responsibility to help our local community – volunteering with Seasalt is an easy way for everyone to get involved and give something back to the people and places around us. Volunteering reduces stress, brings a sense of belonging, gets you out of the office, builds team moral, all whilst representing Seasalt positively in the community.” Sara Bassett, Seasalt

“The team did a fantastic job in helping to turn this project around. We are now hoping that our helping hub will be operational by the end of January 2020, which will be such a great space to help many vulnerable people in our local community.” David, Trussell Trust Food Bank

We’re so proud of what all of the teams have achieved so far, and this is just the beginning… we’re hoping to give even more time in 2020.

Seasalt Volunteering Awards

In 2019 we wanted to recognise and celebrate a few of our colleagues who went above and beyond, inspiring staff and customers to make our incredible volunteering achievements possible. Here are the five awards, celebrating employees from across the business:

Winners of the Seasalt Volunteering Awards celebrate at the Princess Pavilions Gardens, Falmouth

Hannah from our Sustainability Team (left) celebrates with our 2019 Volunteering Award winners

Seasalt Guardian of the year, Sarah Bryce

Guardian of the Year – Sarah Bryce, Area Guardian for the North (and from our Northallerton Shop)

Across the business we have a network of Guardians who not only oversee and manage the charity selection and volunteering application process, but engage, inspire, and motivate. Sarah guided our 14 shop teams across the North to complete a whopping 436 hours, the highest engagement across the whole business.

 

Our Leeds team at the Hollybush Conservation Centre

Story of the Year – Leeds team and their work with Hollybush

Our Leeds shop team all decided to support the Hollybush Conservation Centre in 2019. Returning five times over the course of the year to work on an allocated space of waste ground, the team transformed it into a community allotment to be used by those with mental health conditions, helping them to learn and grow in a safe and meaningful space.

 

Head office teams volunteers at the Trussell Trust

Head Office Volunteering Event of the Year – Trussel Trust organised by Charlotte Mansell, from our Digital Development Team

Participants from five different teams sorted and delivered over 70 Christmas gifts and over 75 Christmas food hampers to the local community, as well as cleaning, clearing and painting a new community hub for the charity. Charlotte even took an extra day’s holiday to assist in the delivery of the food parcels in time for Christmas!

 

DC Volunteers with the National Trust at Lanhydrock

Distribution Centre Volunteering Event of the Year – National Trust organised by Jenny Brett-Knowles, our Operations Manager

Our teams based at our Distribution Centre joined forces to help with conservation efforts across Cornwall with the National Trust. They removed vast amounts of encroaching scrub and invasive Rhododendron to increase biodiversity in heathland habitats, and cleared a section of land to place fencing for safe animal management. Together the teams have helped safeguard natural spaces for visitors and land users for years to come.

 

The team from our Lichfield shop

Store of the Year – Lichfield Shop team 

Outstandingly, every member of the Lichfield Shop team spent a full day volunteering in their local area. Store Champion Alison Gough said “the volunteering left the team feeling thankful for the opportunity to make a difference not just to the charities, but to their own perspectives on life,” giving us heart-warming stories to share with our colleagues and customers.

 

How you can help us give back

For every pair of single socks we sell, 20p is donated to charity.  The money we raise goes to a variety of causes and projects throughout the year.*

*The 20p donation applies to both full price and sale styles, but excludes our multipacks of socks, House Socks, Fair Isle Socks, Welly Socks & tights.

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