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Connecting Communities Fair sets stage for Volunteering


Community Groups and local businesses came together to share stories, network and seek out ways to do good in our Kirklees Community at the 8th annual Connecting Communities Fair held at Syngenta premises in Huddersfield.

The annual event aims to bring together local good causes and Syngenta staff, with a view to maximising use of its Syngenta Employees Community Gift scheme – a fund where staff make contributions from wages to help local community groups with their projects.

For the third year in succession, a number of local business representatives were invited to participate through a collaboration with Volunteering Kirklees. Volunteering Kirklees help to support communities to take action by bringing individuals and organisations together to make things happen, matching volunteer skills to needy causes. Carl Sykes of Syngenta said “What started 9 years ago as a casual request to meet with Syngenta staff has become our flagship volunteering event of the year. By working with Volunteering Kirklees we have widened the scope, involved a range of community groups and businesses and set the stage for volunteering partnerships to blossom.”


Pictured: Staff from Volunteering Kirklees at the event


Sharron Wilkinson of Volunteering Kirklees said “It was a really good event and had a great atmosphere with some really interested employees. The Syngenta Community Staff Team were excellent in their roles and the charities and businesses I spoke to, all thought it was a great event.”

Bridget Hughes of Community Learning Works remarked; “It was a fantastic event, with lots of new connections made. It was a great opportunity to network, make new partnerships and speak to people about volunteering”.   

Every Community Group who attended on the day received a £250 donation from the Syngenta Employees Community Gift, to show appreciation for giving up their time to attend. Groups who attended included: Community Learning Works, Age Calderdale and Kirklees, Clem’s Garden, Hollybank Trust, Support 2 Recovery Mental Health and Wellbeing, The Christmas Dinner (Huddersfield), Little Deer Wood Duke of Edinburgh, Mencap, Dial Wood Carriage Driving for the Disabled.

Thanks are also extended to like-minded businesses who attended the event in support of volunteering in the community. They were Batley Bulldogs RLFC, HTAFC, Yorkshire Building Society, Trust Ford, Lubrizol, Kirklees Active leisure, Greenhead College, Brearley's Solicitors and Fox's Biscuits.


Pictured: Songsational provided light entertainment for guests

For more information about the Syngenta Employees Community Gift Scheme, please email:  [email protected].