Rio Olympics and Star Wars: our charity Make a Difference Day!

At Assurity Consulting, we take Corporate Responsibility very seriously. As well as supporting a range of local and UK wide charities, we also give each of our employees one paid day a year to volunteer at a charity of their choice. One of the most popular ways our employees like to use their 'Make a Difference Day' is a painting and gardening day at the Springboard Project in Horsham.

The Springboard Project is a charity committed to providing inclusive play facilities for children with and without disabilities. They have a lovely centre on Hurst Road in Horsham, and another in Crawley. Their buildings are fully accessible, packed full of toys and games and have a lovely safe garden space. More information about the charity can be found here.

In what has become a tradition at Assurity Consulting, each year we get a group of volunteers from the office to paint murals on the outside walls of the play area or inside the building and to garden and tidy their outside space. 2016 was no exception, and we had eight keen volunteers: Business Services Manger Ian Woodland, Consultancy Services Manager Emma Thomas, Senior Consultant Alex Wild, Consultants Emma Baxter, Jo Thomas and Sarah Cross and Marketing Coordinators Adam Curtis and Keely Bicknell. 

We had six areas to paint with murals and had chosen to paint three paralympic symbols, the two Rio Olympic mascots Tom and Vinicius, a scene across Rio and Darth Vader. We had our work cut out for us, especially as large areas of the garden were overgrown and in need of a lot of time and attention from our gardeners.

At 9am promptly, work began on the garden and murals. The weather was not on our side: the day began warm, but the dark clouds and drizzle left an ominous feeling which soon developed into a torrential downpour at lunchtime! A large tarpaulin saved our artwork from too much damage and then the weather dried up just in time for us to put the finishing touches on the paintings.

Overall, the team's progress ran like clockwork, even with the unpredictable weather. The garden looked perfectly tamed and tidy, with their maze nicely angular once again thanks to Ian Woodland's persistant hedge trimming. The murals were bold and colourful and the team were overjoyed with them! 

The Springboard Project's Service Delivery Manager Vickie Harvey was thrilled with the outcome, telling us how much the parents and children loved and anticipated the makeovers we provide each year. As an avid Star Wars fan herself, she particularly liked the Darth Vader painting we had done!

After yet another thoroughly enjoyable and successful day, we look forward to 2017 and our next challenge at this amazing organisation!