A team from Lloyds Bank’s Mortgage Direct department in Barnwood gave Barnardo’s Noah’s Ark Children’s Centre in Tewkesbury a makeover today. Tasks include removing weeds from the play area and painting the front railings.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Centre is based in Chance Street and includes an indoor and outdoor play area, kitchens, offices and meeting rooms. Staff and volunteers provide a wide range of services for parents and carers of under-5s, including parenting programmes, first aid, baby massage, cookery courses and healthy eating, as well as help with employment, education and training.

Steve Harris of Involve Gloucestershire who found the project for the Lloyds staff said “It’s great to see staff rolling up their sleeves to help Barnardo’s. They’ve done a great job of sprucing up the Noah’s Ark Children’s Centre. Not only have they had great fun doing it, they’ve worked as a team to make a difference. It’s a great example of Employer Supported Volunteering. We’re seeing more and more companies looking to put back into local communities this way and applaud Lloyds for giving their staff time off to volunteer. We’re helping more and more companies and charities to work together.

Barnardo’s children’s services manager Claire Hodgkins said: “We are sincerely grateful for the support of Involve Gloucestershire and the Lloyds Bank Mortgage Direct team. “We aim to give local children the best possible start in life and we’re sure they’ll all be delighted when they see what’s been achieved today.”

Rebecca Batson-Jones a team manager from Mortgage Direct said Lloyds Banking Group launched the volunteering programme in 2010 which enables all employees to spend at least one day a year, during work time to volunteer in our communities. It’s really important to be able to give something back to the community and we used this day to do just that. It was great to see the team working together to make to make a difference to Noah’s Ark Children’s centre. I would also like to thank Charles Bentley & Son who kindly donated the paint brushes and garden materials which made this job possible.