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BHP volunteers – doing our bit for the community

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At BHP, we’re lucky to have plenty of opportunities to get involved in charitable and community activities, and everyone is encouraged to take a paid day or half day to carry out voluntary work.

Not only does volunteering help others, but it can also improve the wellbeing of the volunteers by providing them with valuable new skills and experiences, boosting their confidence. It’s also fun and enjoyable to get out in the fresh air and work together to achieve something.

Summer events

This year, we’re organising lots of events where our people can take some time out from work to help improve the local environment, with many of the BHP Partners organising volunteering activities across Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Our first event took place at Woodhouse Washlands nature reserve in Swallownest, Sheffield. On one of the warmest days of the year so far, a large group of BHP volunteers spent the afternoon carrying out general maintenance of the paths and meadows.

Their tasks included grass raking, cutting back branches, clearing invasive plants and drainage works. The team really got stuck in and did a great job tidying the pathways around the nature reserve.

Hear from our volunteers:

One of the volunteers was our Joint CEO Lisa Leighton, who said: “Hard graft with members of the BHP team who I wouldn’t usually work with was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. Giving back to our communities is important to us all, which is why we give every team member the opportunity to take a volunteering day every year.”

Another member of the team was BHP Tax Partner Chris Humphreys. He said: “It was great to be away from the day job and to spend some time with the wider BHP team. Even better to learn all about the Woodhouse Wetlands and the work being done to maintain and manage the area. I loved the afternoon although felt it later!!”

Two further volunteering days have since taken place at Meanwood Urban Farm in Leeds and Stoney Ridge Plantation in Bradford.

Four more events are planned over the course of the summer, including cleaning shrubbery at Cromford Mills in Matlock and removing Himalayan Balsam at Moss Valley Woodlands in Sheffield.

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