Paint brushes, bunting, sandwiches and typical early Summer weather. Yes, Collage Connect broke new ground with its first official corporate social responsibility event … painting garden sheds for the New Addington Good Samaritans pop-in centre.
This team-building session saw the lovely staff from Croydon’s Oakam organisation give up their valuable time to help brighten up their local community.
With pre-site visits and planning all done — and with the games and scrummy M&S sarnies safely packed – we all headed off to the site.
Once there, the Good Samaritan volunteers and staff made us all very welcome and kindly provided us with ‘on-tap’ teas and coffees. The centre, which offers a community space for the elderly, was apparently quiet since many were on a day-trip to the seaside. Nevertheless there was still plenty going on what with an exercise class, lunch, a committee meeting and a darts match.
The team from Oakam showed us their superb managerial skills by quickly organising themselves into two teams. And in minutes the race to paint two sheds was on! They proved a competitive and competent bunch and had soon excelled themselves by also painting another two sheds, as well as rubbing down metal railings.
We then stopped for lunch and had a couple of team-building games. Amidst much laughter, it would be fair to say these helped staff members learn a great deal more about each other (in the nicest possible sense, of course!)
The day flew by and, after some good natured banter, the winning team was judged. Big thanks to all involved — especially Sujata, our volunteer who brought all the parties together.
Comments from the Oakam staff who attended and photos to be added shortly!