Challenge 2016 is in full swing!  Zurich employee volunteers across the UK are rolling up their sleeves to support local charities across the UK.  Including this team of eight from Birmingham who created a sensory garden for Umberslade Nurseries, an enterprise run by Queen Alexandra College, a national college and charity for people with disabilities.

Challenge is Zurich’s biggest annual team volunteer event, bringing together employee teams from Zurich, Endsleigh, Capita and Openwork to complete a one off project which benefits a local voluntary organisation.  Brokered by Zurich Community Trust, ‘Challenge’ is now in its 27th year and enables employees to work on a broad range of community projects following requests from local organisations and schools in need of assistance.

This year to date an amazing total of over 200  ‘challenges’ have already been brokered with charities and taken up by Zurich employees across numerous Zurich offices including Fareham, Farnborough, Birmingham, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Leeds, Glasgow, London and Swindon.  The challenges themselves fall into five categories – gardening, decorating and DIY, parties and entertainment, days out and offering a helping hand at events. 

For a 'behind the scenes' look at the range of Challenge projects taking place this year please visit our on-line brochure >>

"The key to our 'Challenge' programme is putting the beneficiary organisations themselves in the driving seat, says Steve Grimmett, Employee Engagement Manager, Zurich Community Trust. "They are the ones to select projects that are going to be of real value both to those they support and to the organisations themselves. Another important factor is undertaking projects where our volunteers can engage directly with the charities’ beneficiaries.  Last year, 70% of projects achieved this and we're looking to build on that this year."

Challenge in action!

This year, we have asked Zurich Challenge teams to post up their pics and short movies on our Facebook page and on Twitter. For a flavour of Challenge as it happens across the UK please visit our Facebook page or Twitter at @ZCTrust #lovezct.

To see a fantastic example of Challenge in action, why not watch this short movie clip? Featuring a team of over 90 Zurich volunteers from Marketing, here's why Path Hill Outdoors in Hampshire loves Challenge!


Want to know more?

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