Connecting Communities at Syngenta in Huddersfield
Fifteen Community Groups and Eight local businesses came together to share stories, network and seek out ways to do good in our Kirklees Community at the 6th 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.
This year, for the first time, a number of business representatives were invited to participate through a collaboration with Volunteering Kirklees. Carl Sykes of Syngenta said “These events have always been well received and by working with Volunteering Kirklees, we saw an opportunity to widen the scope and make the connections even better, by inviting along other like-minded businesses.”
North Huddersfield Trust School Choir provided choral entertainment whilst The 'Greedy Little Pig' caterers served up a fine hot roast sandwich for all visitors. Thanks are also extended to Social Progress for handling social media activity for the event through their “Big Screen Social” service.
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.”
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One Community Group reported "Please pass on our sincere thanks to everyone involved with the event yesterday, we had such an important time linking with staff and interested parties. The event gave us some great leads for improving our partnerships with others as well as so many staff who were seemingly interested in our activities, either for signposting family and friends to be users, or for volunteering themselves. Your hospitality was excellent and so appreciated."
Jenny Jones of Yorkshire Air Ambulance explains the service to staff
Another stall holder said "I would just like to thank you and your team for the event you created today - what a wonderful opportunity to meet key members of your staff, so that smaller organisations such as our own can make connections and raise our profile. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning, thank you.”
Every Community Group who attended on the day received a £250 donation from the Syngenta Employees Community Gift Fund, to show appreciation for giving up their time to attend. For more information about the Syngenta Employees Community Gift Scheme, please email: [email protected]