Volunteers from Swindon finance company spruce up community centre

By Barrie Hudson - 10 October 2023

  • Volunteers hard at work

    Volunteers hard at work

Team members from finance firm OneFamily helped the Mechanics’ Institution Trust by sprucing up a community centre in Swindon’s historic Railway Village.

  • Volunteer team members

    Volunteer team members

Four members of the sales team at OneFamily spent a day giving the Central Community Centre a lick of paint and a fresh new look inside. 

The building was formerly the Great Western Medical Fund hospital, a blueprint for the NHS, and is looked after by the Mechanics’ Institution Trust. Their mission is to preserve Swindon’s heritage buildings including the grade II* listed Mechanics’ Institute building in Emlyn Square. 

OneFamily colleagues are given the opportunity to use three workdays a year to volunteer for a cause they care about and support the local community. This is part of the organisation’s Inspiring Better Futures vision which focuses on making a difference in society. 

OneFamily is working with charities that focus on financial wellbeing, access to education and training, and improving life chances.

Kathryn Grobler, Outbound Sales Manager at OneFamily, said: “We had a great time painting the community centre and learning more about the important work the Mechanics’ Institution Trust does to preserve Swindon’s heritage. 

“The volunteering days offered to OneFamily employees create a real sense of purpose by giving back to the community and are great projects for the team to get stuck into.”

Dan Fishlock, Community Engagement Officer at the Mechanics’ Institute, said, “We owe a huge thank you to the OneFamily team for helping our community. 

"They were all an absolute pleasure to have around and did a brilliant job transforming our community centre hall.

“We are always grateful for volunteers who donate their time to help with the work we do in the community, and this particular project will breathe new life into Swindon’s Railway Village.” 

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