‘From Credit Management to Mucking out’ - Apex in the Community
In mid March staff from Apex Credit Management rolled up their sleeves and left their desks behind for a day of countryside labour at Mary Arden’s Farm as part of the business’s supporting the local community programme.
The Shakespearean House, once home to Shakespeare’s mother was due to re-open to the public on March 22 following substantial restoration work to the buildings and surrounding site. Teams from Apex added the finishing touches to the farm and grounds in preparation for the re-launch as part of a new charity initiative.
30 members of staff from Apex, including Juliet Telford, CFO and James Edwards, Head of IT, volunteered their time at Mary Arden’s Farm over three days on the 17th, 18th and 19th March. They undertook a variety of tasks from hedge-cutting, path clearing and mucking out farm animals, to tidying up the Tudor living quarters. The hardy volunteers generally prepared the farm in advance of the newest Tudor residents (including some 40 Trust volunteers) who will be moving back into the house ready for this year’s visitors.
The new charitable initiative, led by Apex CEO, Neil Clyne, will bring staff together throughout the course of 2010 to work with local charities who will benefit from their additional help. Instead of going to work on one day this year, members of staff will be paid to spend their normal working day helping in the community. Neil comments: “We spoke to all of our colleagues to find out what charities were close to their hearts, the kind of activities they would like to be involved in, and if anyone knew of anything that we could help with.
Working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a great partnership, as many of our employees and their families live in the Stratford area and benefit from the tourism associated with their work in keeping the Shakespeare experience alive.” He added “As you can imagine, this is something quite different from their day to day work in our offices in Arden Street. The Apex volunteers came back brimming with enthusiasm, having had a great day working as a team to give something back to the local community. We would like to thank the organisers for giving us the opportunity! ”
Mary Arden’s Farm had been closed during the winter months in order to carry out essential repairs to Palmer’s Farm and the surrounding site.
Diana Owen, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said, “We very welcomed the Apex volunteers to Mary Arden’s Farm. Due to the amount of restoration work on site throughout the winter months, we are extremely grateful for the additional help in preparing the farm for our visitors when we re-opened”