Brewin Dolphin staff embrace partnership with Wales’ National Museums

Brewin Dolphin staff embrace partnership with Wales’ National Museums

After partnering with National Museum Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru) earlier this year, Brewin Dolphin’s staff are now taking full advantage of the collaboration.

The investment management firm agreed a three year sponsorship deal with National Museum Wales, allowing employees to give some of their time through volunteering across various Museum sites.

As part of its corporate social responsibility offering, Brewin Dolphin encourages all employees to volunteer one paid work day each year to the charity or organisation of their choice.

It is an initiative which they feel brings a lot of benefit to their staff and the communities around them.

Take up of volunteering days has doubled in the last year as staff have shown a keen interest in working alongside Museum staff in the gardens of sites like the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon and the St Fagans National Museum of History.

The volunteers have turned their hands to planting, pruning, weeding and a range of other gardening jobs in recent months to help maintain and support the upkeep of museum grounds.

David Myrddin-Evans, head of Cardiff office, said: “Our three year partnership, which supports the running of Amgueddfa Cymru’s Patrons Scheme, brings the worlds of business and the arts together and fits perfectly with our company ethos.

“We value the fantastic contribution that Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales makes to Welsh life and culture and we have always been keen to make the most of our involvement for the benefit of our staff and clients.

“Amgueddfa Cymru -National Museum Wales offers a wide range of activities which enable volunteers to get involved with anything from maintaining gardens to conserving mineral collections to working with marine teams sampling rocky shore animals.

“Our staff volunteer days have reached their highest numbers ever this year and staff feedback has been excellent. A number of staff members have even signed up as regular volunteers with the Museum.”

Belinda Houghton-Jones, corporate responsibility ambassador for Brewin Dolphin Cardiff took part in a gardening day at the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon recently.

She said: “This is the first time I have taken up the offer of volunteering through work and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.

“We got to know individuals we don’t work with on a day to day basis and to work as part of a new team. Weeding and tidying the gardens required a lot of hard graft but we all felt a huge sense of achievement.

“It was great to work with the Museum staff too and to feel that we are giving something positive back.”

Richard Nicholls, development director at Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales said: “We’ve been delighted with the enthusiasm the Brewin Dolphin Wales team have shown in supporting our organisation including their volunteering efforts across our sites.

“Employee volunteering is an effective and powerful way for businesses to invest in their people and local communities and Brewin Dolphin has shown a real commitment their employee engagement programme.

“Their efforts have spurred our own team on to volunteer to do regular maintenance and upkeep of the grounds.”