Volunteers Have a Heart for The Haven

It was brushes and rollers at the ready as staff gave up their time to help redecorate rooms at a refuge in Wolverhampton.

A Wolverhampton-based charity which helps women and children who are fleeing domestic violence and abuse has become the latest to receive volunteer support from the West Brom.

Eight colleagues from the building society’s head office and the Wolverhampton and Sedgley branches took time out from their normal routine to help redecorate rooms at one of the refuges of The Haven.

Brandishing their brushes were Poonam Patel, Denise Vaughan, Elsie Law, Phil Cavell, Sarah Ferrier, Mike Keig, Suzie Rawlings and Kate Curran. The West Brom was so engaged with the project that they plan to return and help complete redecorating other areas of the building over the next few months.

Suzie Rawlings, the Society’s Customer Analysis Manager, said: “We are proud of the links we have with organisations and charities in our local community and endeavour to provide support where we can.

“It was extremely rewarding to help first-hand with the project at The Haven and learn more about the important services it offers to those in need. 

“To know that our efforts will help make a positive difference there is really satisfying.”

The support to The Haven forms part of the West Brom’s corporate volunteering policy which encourages all staff members to spend two business days per year undertaking voluntary work.

Marta Rios, Lead for Volunteer Services at The Haven, said: “Having such a fun bunch of volunteers helping out in the refuge made it a great day and the rooms are now looking really fresh.

“The staff and residents are all so grateful for the help the team has offered us and we look forward to welcoming them back.”

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