Team Building that Keeps on Giving

We have recently completed an annual event, which is one that always likes to ‘test our creativeness !’. A few years ago one of our clients raised the question of finding a solution for team building but wanted an activity that also that gave something back. Indeed a good question and quite a tough one with an audience size of 350 !

The client in question has a great ‘role your sleeves up’ work ethic and it is fair to say that ‘helping is in their DNA’ ! Previous charity team activities have included assisting a council run park in clearing overgrown areas and restoring fishing pontoons to make them suitable for wheelchairs users – the work we completed in one day would have taken the Parks Team a year;  building 35 children’s bikes made for a special needs school who had had their bikes stolen and the following year constructing and painting 30 children’s beds for foster children in Newcastle last year.

What to do in 2018 was the big question ! With the centenary of Armistice Day the following week our thoughts turned to the Armed Forces and how we could make a difference.  The answer was awesome !

With the assistance of Peter and his team from o3e our delegates pulled together and after much hard work we had built 30 wheelchairs for veterans. The recipients of these wheelchairs were selected by SSAFA, Walking with the Wounded, BEWSA and Help for Heroes.

The chance of helping to change someone’s life was always forefront in everyone’s mind and it gives a real sense of purpose to our delegates. They completed the task and of course had lots of fun along the way !

I guess the point is that…. yes, Team Building is essential, but sometimes isn’t it great to do it with an end game that keeps on giving ?

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