4th September 2014
South Hook LNG Volunteers in the Community - our Third Community Day
Previous Community Days have been so successful in inspiring our staff that many have gone on to continue volunteering with different community organisations in their own time. The Community Days provide all of us an opportunity to experience the invaluable work that is carried out in Pembrokeshire’s voluntary sector.
Bloomfield Community Centre - Narberth
The Community Centre is a registered charity and is supported by volunteers. The Centre caters for a diverse range of community groups and associations, including playgroups, sports activities, after school clubs, as well as groups with learning disabilities. Ghislaine Davies, one of our Administrators who volunteered at the Centre, was impressed with the facility and enjoyed the experience, saying, “These community days provide an excellent opportunity for people from all areas of the business to work together and give something back to the community.” Tasks included cutting back brambles, weeding, litter picking, as well as washing down signs and facia.
Pembroke 21C Community Interest Company
Woodland management skills and conservation training are key areas of development that Pembroke 21C Community Interest Company offers, including coppicing, charcoal making and managing and improving biodiversity and habitats.
South Hook LNG volunteers supported the community organisation in the establishment of a community garden in Pembroke. “I believe the Community Day to be a huge success in building on great relationships with the local community”, said Karl - part of the Ops Team at the Terminal.
Pembrokeshire FRAME provides a supportive working environment for individuals with disabilities, including mental ill health, learning difficulties and those that are socially disadvantaged and / or excluded. The community group also encourages and promotes the use of sound environmental practices by extending the useful life of furniture and other household items which are then sold in the onsite FRAME showroom. The team of volunteers from South Hook LNG spent some time ‘upcycling’ – renovating pieces of furniture, ready for selling.
FRAME also runs a project at the local Civic Amenity and Recycling Centre, where a number of our volunteers got involved in dismantling larger pieces of furniture for recycling.
Glan-y-Mor Community Farm (supported by Green Links, a Community Interest Company)
Sitting behind Pembroke School, the Glan-y-Mor Community Farm is hidden from view and many of the South Hook LNG volunteers that arrived to help out here were surprised to see the scope of the project at the farm. The farm offers vocational training to anyone wanting to get involved, but also offers a supportive environment to youths by offering them the opportunity to develop important skills, including working in teams.
The volunteers assisted some of their young volunteers and mentors to clean out and feed the animals, as well as cleaning out the stables and putting the horses out to graze. Later in the day, the volunteers rolled up their sleeves and, working with one of the groups of young people who attended the farm, cemented in and secured the fence around the chicken enclosure.
The Community Farm plays an important part in the development of many local young people in offering them an opportunity to develop skills they wouldn’t otherwise have.
The Community Farm plays an important part in the development of many local youngsters in offering them an opportunity to develop skills they wouldn’t otherwise have.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA)
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast and is internationally important for its rare habitats and species. The Park Authority are charged with keeping the Park special.
The South Hook LNG team of six from across the company were tasked with building a new barbed wire fence and assembling a gate to help keep the cattle in the fields and away from the coastal path.
Kelly, who works in our Warehouse at the Terminal said, “I was amazed at the dedication the rangers have for keeping our coastal paths clean and accessible for all, and the work that goes on behind the scenes to keep Pembrokeshire a beautiful place for all to enjoy. It was a very enjoyable day for all and we all came away feeling like we had contributed to keeping the Pembrokeshire coastal paths beautiful.”