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Corporate volunteering at our Llandudno Centre

Published on 12 Feb 2024

We were delighted to welcome staff from RWE Renewables UK Community Investment Team to the Llandudno Centre of Wellbeing to undertake a volunteering day as a team building activity.

The visit was facilitated through Community and Voluntary Support Conwy (CVSC), who suggested Blind Veterans UK as a local charity who would benefit from RWEs Employer Supported Volunteering and was co-ordinated for RWE by Community Investment Manager – Social Value, Hilary Igoe.

The four members of staff, included representatives who are responsible for engagement with communities adjacent to the Gwynt Y Mor wind farm located 13 kilometres off the North Wales coast. Commissioned in June 2015, the wind farm comprises 160 wind turbines of 150 metres (490 ft) tip height which lies 16 kilometres from the Llandudno Centre. The wind farm produces enough clean energy a year to power 467,000 households in the UK.

During their visit RWE staff spent time with blind veterans and learnt about the charity and the Llandudno Centre of Wellbeing. The Centre’s Community Engagement Lead, Rosina Hearn and Multi-Disciplinary Lead, Lee Evans co-ordinated the day and a programme of activities that included a tour of the centre, overview of the rehabilitation and wellbeing activities and sight loss conditions. The visitors spent time with blind veterans in the Creative Studio and participated in an air rifle shooting activity.

Rob sits at a table behind a wooden model of a wind turbine
Blind Veteran Rob with a model wind turbine made in the Creative Studio
People sitting in a group talking
Blind veterans discuss renewable energy with Katy from RWE Renewables UK
Two ladies and two members of Blind Veterans UK staff at the air rifle range
RWE staff try their hand at air rifle shooting during their volunteering day

During the visit, Katy Woodington, Team Lead - Community Investment (UK & Ireland) gave a talk to a group of blind veterans about the work of RWE and their projects in North Wales and the UK. A small group of blind veterans had a very keen interest in this area, and during a very insightful talk they asked a myriad of questions and shared their own interests and perspectives on renewable energy and engineering.

Like Blind Veterans UK, RWE is signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and in 2020, the company was awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Employers Recognition Silver Award for its continued work to attract and retain ex-armed forces personnel into its growing renewables business.

RWE hugely values the unique skills and disciplines that ex-armed forces personnel can bring to our business, and so fosters an environment of support and engagement throughout our culture. 

RWE have a commitment to supporting the communities neighbouring their renewable energy projects through their community benefits packages that includes corporate volunteering support and staff at the Llandudno Centre look forward to welcoming more staff from RWE to the centre in the future.