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3M managers get digging for the community

9 May 2014

Senior managers from 3M sites throughout the country came together for a day’s hard labour to help with community projects in Bracknell.

Some 80 managers from the diversified technology company, who were taking part in a leadership conference, arrived a day early to join the working party programme.

It was the start of the company’s 1,000 hours community challenge to be completed by senior managers during 2014.

They split into four teams with one spending the day at Garth Hill College, where they worked on preparing the ground for the college’s garden project.  Among their tasks was building a polytunnel, erecting a shed and moving several tons of topsoil.

Peter Rayman, the college’s Inclusion Support officer, explained: “The garden is going to be an area set aside for the students to cultivate and grow flowers and produce.

“It will give the students experience and build their confidence in their abilities – but first we needed help in doing the heavy work in preparing the area. The 3M team did a magnificent job in getting it done for us.”

Other teams were out preparing a wildflower meadow at Jealotts Hill Community Landshare in Bracknell; sanding, painting and varnishing outdoor benches and tables for the Ravenswood Village centre for people with learning disabilities at Crowthorne; and repairing pathways at Snelsmore Common Country Park in Newbury.

3M managing director Paul Keel was among those rolling up their sleeves and getting digging at Garth Hill College.  He commented: “It’s been a really good day.  Our 1,000 hours community challenge gives 3M the opportunity to strengthen the community in which we operate and we’re delighted we’ve been able to make a real difference.”

Keith Grainger, college principal, said,  “We are all so grateful to 3M and team of volunteers.  They did a fantastic job and transformed our garden.  Sincere thanks to all the 3M team on behalf of everyone at Garth Hill.”

As well as this year’s 1,000 hours community challenge for managers, the company also runs a 3M 4Good volunteering scheme in which every employee gets the opportunity to do a day’s work for the community on company time.

A video of the day can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyPTUiJWqyE&feature=youtu.be

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