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Employees from Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) are continuing their drive to give back to the community as they support local good causes with the gift of time as part of a new 1,000 hours initiative, an ongoing scheme which sees employees trading a day to give something back to the local community.

More than 145 bdht employees will swap one day or 7.5 hours on the job to pledge their time to support local community initiatives throughout 2022.

To launch the campaign, volunteers visited some of bdht’s Independent Living Schemes to speak to customers over a cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits for their combatting loneliness push. Throughout the upcoming months, there will be many efforts towards the campaign including fundraising and aiding the Primrose fete and helping out at the Dodford Children’s Farm to name a few.

Sam Powell, HR Officer at bdht, said: “As a not-for-profit organisation, everything we do is about best serving our residents. The 1,000 Hours campaign is designed to empower our staff to make time to make a difference in their community and give back to local organisations which play such a vital role in the area. We’ve been overwhelmed by their enthusiasm to take part.”

The loneliness project is just the start, as bdht colleagues will gift their time throughout 2022 to support a wide variety of local charitable causes including youth groups, renovation projects and community fun days.

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