Norwich Union and children's charity celebrate winning Make a Difference Day award

Article date: 5 April 2004

Norwich Union and children’s charity NCH celebratedsuccess at the Community Service Volunteers (CSV) Make A DifferenceDay Awards after winning the best employee team volunteeringevent.

A team of 50 green-fingered volunteers from NorwichUnion’s Life Telebusiness area transformed a garden usingideas put forward by the young carers at the NCH Willows project inKing’s Lynn, Norfolk.

The Norwich Union volunteers created a quiet area with flowerbeds and a sea scene mural where the children and young people canrelax. They also designed and built a barbecue, a wooden play area,painted games on tarmac, built a sports pitch surrounded by murals,attached colourful paintings to the project’s buildings, putstepping-stones on the lawn and built a herb garden.

David Czerwinski, head of community at Norwich Union, said:"It’s great to have been chosen from so many wonderfulvolunteering projects as winners of this award. The employeevolunteering programme as part of our ‘Young Lives, OurFuture’ partnership with NCH is all about giving employeesthe opportunity to make a difference in their local community,which fits well with the aims of CSV’s Make a DifferenceDay."

Sarah Lock, head of company fundraising at NCH,said: "We are delighted; this really goes to show the benefit ourpartnership with Norwich Union is having to the vital work that NCHdoes with children and young people."

Norwich Union and NCH are in partnership to providesocially-excluded young people with the help they need to reachtheir potential. Norwich Union is investing £1.4 million into thepartnership over a five-year period. It forms part of a largerNorwich Union sponsorship programme aimed at investing in thefuture of our children.

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Notes to Editors

  • NCH helps the children who need it the most and is one of theUK’s leading children’s charities. NCH supports themost vulnerable children, young people and their families sothat they have the opportunity to reach their fullpotential.
  • The three main areas of activity in the programme are:
    • the Norwich Union Fund - NCH users can apply for a grant tohelp develop skills and participate in opportunities which willhelp them maximise their potential

    • developing materials to help train the project workers andfunding for one-to-ones in which young people aided by NCHproject workers tackle difficult issues and are given supportin the choices they make about their lives

    • staff volunteering - types of project might include DIYsupport, help with transport or admin, running workshops andgiving marketing advice.

About Norwich Union

  • Norwich Union is the UK’s largest insurer. It is theUK’s largest provider of life, pensions and investmentproducts and one of the leading IFA providers.
  • Norwich Union has strategic alliances with building societiesand leading UK brand names including Tesco Personal Finance andThe Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

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