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July in the community: Inspiring a sustainable future

July proved to be another busy four weeks for our Community team and the new group of volunteers stepping up to help.

As we do every month, we worked hard at Brickmakers’ Wood – made even tougher by soaring temperatures! And as part of our Cornerstone Employer commitments, we helped teach Year 6 pupils at Ipswich Academy about the 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals. We also raised more funds for our two Charities of the Year, Mind and Eden-Rose Coppice Trust, by sponging (rather than sponging off) our Leadership Team at our Summer Party!

Keep reading to find out more.

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Local students have designs on global sustainability goals

This month, four Haven Power colleagues (Lucy Cole, Nick Jarrold, Liam Mackinder, and Adele Robinson) spent two days at Ipswich Academy - one of our partner schools as a Cornerstone Employer.

Over 240 Year 6 students (aged 10-11) learned about all 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals and worked in teams to design, promote and sell their own T-shirts. These activites helped raise awareness about the climate crisis – and what charities and businesses like ours are doing to tackle the issue. The three winning groups of pupils saw their designs taken to print – as you can see.

Although all schools are off for the summer holidays now, our Cornerstone Employer commitments continue as we start planning for the next academic year.

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‘Get them in the stocks!’

Colleagues raised more money for our chosen charities this month at the same time as we celebrated our success and hard work over the year to date at our annual summer party.

As part of the celebrations, we had a rare opportunity to get our Leadership Team in the stocks (they kindly volunteered) and raised £150 by paying to throw wet sponges at them!

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Helping to make Brickmakers’ Wood more accessible

With temperatures reaching highs of 34°C, July was undoubtedly the sweatiest Brickmakers’ Volunteer Day yet!

Back in May, our team laid a path around the pond to help make the woodland as accessible as possible. Since Jo and Rob Brooks, Eden-Rose Coppice Trust’s leaders, are passionate about this, they were delighted that our 13 volunteers extended the path and made it wheelchair-friendly.

Well done, team!

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What we achieved in July

This month, we’ve raised an extra £150 for our charities and brought our yearly total to £3,150. And with July seeing another 136 volunteer hours from colleagues, we’ve now contributed 678 hours to our local community this year.

We aim to keep up the good work and will share an update next month. Watch this space!