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Avison Young’s Leeds office will participate in a full day of volunteering tomorrow

Avison Young’s Leeds office will participate in a full day of volunteering activities, giving their time to three local charities and good causes.

Ten team members will be visiting Daniel Yorath House, part of the Disabilities Trust; a dedicated facility supporting those with acquired brain injuries and complex needs. Avison Young colleagues will be helping the Trust with DIY, gardening and building projects at the Garforth-based facility.

A further 20 members of the team will be taking to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, working with the Canal & River Trust to create a nature park at the white bridge located behind Whitehall Road car park. The project will involve a general clean-up of the area as well as the installation of new public benches and the planting of trees and shrubs.

The remaining 11 Avison Young colleagues will be volunteering with the Parks and Countryside Service at Meanwood Valley, where they will be contributing to wildlife conservation and woodland management.

The initiative is part of the firm’s sixth annual global Day of Giving which will see thousands of employees in approximately 100 Avison Young offices volunteering at more than 80 community organisations in Europe, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

Claire Paraskeva, principal and regional managing director at Avison Young, Leeds, said: “Although this is a global initiative, the charities and causes that we are supporting from the Leeds office have come directly from the team. It was important to us that we get the buy-in from a local level and select projects that we’re passionate about and our skill sets lend themselves well to too.

“We are looking forward to getting stuck into projects that will have a positive impact on our local communities and environments on a day where colleagues across the world will also be doing their bit and giving back.”

This year, many new members of the Avison Young family will participate in the global Day of Giving for the first time. The increases stem from the acquisition of GVA in February 2019 and other acquisitions, new office openings and hires completed during the past year, making this the largest and most far-reaching global Day of Giving so far.

Jason Sibthorpe, principal and president UK at Avison Young, said: “We will be proudly representing Avison Young in our local communities on this day, showing how our professionalism extends beyond our client work and back into the communities we help build.

“Supporting our local communities is not only important; it is a key pillar of our business strategy and part of our company culture. Led by members of our Emerging Leaders programme, the Day of Giving allows all of us to feel the wellness, camaraderie and gratitude that result from giving back.

In the UK, Avison Young is involved in a host of Corporate Responsibility activities and partnerships, including:

  • A National Charity Committee which collaborates closely with community groups and charities, empowering our people to use their time and talent to address societal and development challenge
  • The Avison Young Employee Community Fund, launched in 2019, which supports local projects across the UK, from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, volunteering and hosting community events
  • A corporate partnership with the Woodland Trust, whereby every kg of CO2 from the energy used in our offices is mitigated by planting new trees, helping to provide homes for a variety of wildlife and places for recreation
  • Two ambitious graduate projects, which regenerated playground areas for Special Educational Needs (SEN) students at two schools. Both projects required Avison Young graduates to plan, design, fundraise and deliver from start to finish, working in partnership with the schools and supported by Groundwork charity

 

 

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