South Hook LNG Volunteers in the Community
We take our responsibilities as a good neighbour very seriously and the relationship that we have with our local community is very important to us. Our Community Days are a great opportunity for our staff to volunteer during working hours and spend some valuable time supporting some of the wonderful community groups in the county. For this, our second Community Day, five teams of volunteers spent another productive Community Day carrying out tasks such as woodland management, giving buildings a lick of paint, gardening and restoring furniture.
Peter Rees, South Hook LNG Day Supervisor said, “Getting involved on a personal level to help these organisations is always very humbling. The majority of the organisations we help are sustained through volunteers and they are always so appreciative of our contribution of time. We always come away feeling rewarded and look forward to the next time”.
Bloomfield Community Centre
For thirty years Narberth and District Community and Sports Association have provided social welfare, sport and leisure facilities for the local community at Bloomfield House Community Centre in Narberth. The organisation is a registered charity and the centre is totally managed by volunteers.
“As a charity the Centre receives no funding so were grateful for the man-hours which we could give through the South Hook LNG Community Day”, said Adrian Cook, HR Officer at the Terminal.
Pembroke 21C Community Interest Company
Pembroke 21C works closely with the whole community, providing environmental and economically sustainable activities that are available to everyone to encourage pride and community spirit in the area.
The day’s achievements included successful production of local charcoal and helping to control Himalayan Balsam (a non-native invasive species) and in doing so, improving a local habitat and helping protect our biodiversity.
South Hook LNG, HSSEQ (Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Quality) Administrator, Hazel Taylor confirmed, “Everyone in the group enjoyed the day and we all felt that we had contributed to a very worthwhile project, although by the end of the day everyone in the team was very tired!”
FRAME collects and delivers a wide range of household items across the county, from furniture to clothing and bric-a-brac and collections are free.
The organisation is environmentally focused, restoring and, where possible, recycling the items collected by giving them a new lease of life. You can find many of these items for sale in their onsite shop which is really worth a visit!
The local charity also provides a supportive working environment for individuals with disabilities, including mental ill health, learning difficulties and those socially disadvantaged and / or excluded.
South Hook LNG volunteer Rhiannon Mortimer-Thomas, Maintenance Planning Assistant, spent the day at the local Civic Amenity and Recycling Centre dismantling furniture with volunteers from FRAME. Rhiannon said, “This was a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what the charity actually does for our community. I had no idea how big the charity was and how many volunteers they rely on to keep it functioning day-to-day.”
MIND Pembrokeshire is a local organisation, based in Havefordwest. Their Mission is to ‘work for a better life for everyone with direct or indirect experience of mental health problems. We promote a positive attitude to mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. All of MIND Pembrokeshire’s projects, workshops, courses and training are designed to improve quality of life, build confidence, self-esteem and resilience. In addition, our work helps to prevent admission to hospital.’
The team of volunteers from South Hook LNG arrived at the offices in Haverfordwest with paint brushes at the ready to add a bit of colour and liven up the entrance to the offices and the bathroom facilities. Frank Squire, IT Business Analyst, one of the South Hook LNG team, reflected afterwards “The re-furbished facilities are brighter and more cheerful now. Our painting was just a small contribution towards helping MIND achieve its overall goal, but a worthwhile one never-the-less’.