Employer launches staff charity scheme

Around 167 Belzona employees will be volunteering with the Harrogate Homeless Project and HELP. (S)

Around 167 Belzona employees will be volunteering with the Harrogate Homeless Project and HELP. (S)

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A Harrogate company has kicked off the countdown to its 65th year in business by launching a new scheme enabling its employees to volunteer for community projects during work hours.

Industrial coatings manufacturer Belzona Polymerics, which was founded in 1952, is to allow staff based at its Harrogate head office to use 1 per cent of their annual working time to support local charities. This equates to around three days, or 19.5 hours a year for full-time employees.

As part of the new scheme, around 167 employees will be volunteering with the Harrogate Homeless Project and HELP (Harrogate Easier Living Project), which helps vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes.

Corporate development manager Laura Smith said “This is an excellent opportunity for all of the Belzona staff to help a little more within the local area. Now, more than ever, the idea of community is essential; not only on a local scale but globally. By building upon fundraising efforts and community events from previous years, the 1% Club endeavours to create a stronger relationship with our two chosen charities. Overall, Belzona aim to develop a lasting connection that will hopefully continue onwards from 2016.”