A team of volunteers from energy company E.ON has spent a day painting and gardening as part of an upgrade of facilities at a day centre run by Alzheimer’s Society in Barras Green, Coventry.
Alzheimer’s Society has been E.ON’s official charity since 2016, and the partnership was recently extended to run until at least December 2020. As part of its work together, E.ON has committed to offer all of its 9,400 UK employees – around 1,000 of whom work in Coventry – the opportunity to attend an information session and become a Dementia Friend. This Alzheimer’s Society programme helps people to learn more about dementia and the small ways they can help others living with the condition.
E.ON’s adoption of the Dementia Friends initiative for its own employees follows its funding of research into how energy companies can help people with dementia and their carers. The ‘Switch on to Dementia’ research, available here, was funded by E.ON and conducted by Alzheimer’s Society. One of its recommendations was around ensuring that staff working with vulnerable customers have undergone appropriate training.
Veronica Davies, who works in energy policy development for E.ON, took part in the volunteering at Barras Green. She said: “With our company-wide commitment to fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society and developing colleagues as Dementia Friends, it made sense to head to one of the charity’s projects in Coventry when we were looking for an opportunity to volunteer as a team in the community.
“The service provided at Barras Green is really valued by the many local people who use it. It offers regular group meetings as well as access to Dementia Support Workers. Spending a day there painting walls and garden furniture as well as weeding and planting was a great bonding activity for our team, and we’re proud to have made our small contribution to keeping this facility up and running.”
Tracy Stanley, who runs the Alzheimer’s Society centre in Barras Green, said: “Given the relationship now established between E.ON and Alzheimer’s Society, and with E.ON’s head office based in Coventry, we’ve welcomed a few groups of volunteers from the company to Barras Green and we’re always pleased to see them.
“The money fundraised by E.ON employees and donated by the company to Alzheimer’s Society all goes to pay for our Dementia Support Workers, so it’s been interesting for this group of colleagues to see how they work in the community, including here at Barras Green.”
Visit eonenergy.com/charity for more information about E.ON’s partnership with Alzheimer’s Society.
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Photos show the E.ON team of volunteers at Alzheimer’s Society’s day centre in Barras Green, Coventry.
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