Staff from City Index will bring Christmas cheer to care home residents in Bethnal Green by taking on some volunteer work through national charity Timebank.

Volunteers from City Index will visit Anchor’s Silk Court care home on Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th December as an alternative to the traditional office Christmas party, to help decorate the home for Christmas and spread the festive spirit.

Silk Court’s manager Marcia Forsythe said: “It will be fantastic to have some support from the City Index volunteers, and a great opportunity for them to become part of our little community. Although looking at the big picture is important in providing the best care, it’s the small things that can mean the world, so it’s wonderful when people take the time to just come and have a chat with our residents.”

Martine Skinner, Global Head of HR for City Index, said: ''Christmas is a time for giving, and we wanted to give something back to people in Bethnal Green. By spending time at Silk Court, we can kick off the holiday season in a way that’s really fun, sociable and rewarding for everyone involved.''

The idea of Christmas party volunteering has been developed by TimeBank, the national volunteering charity. It encourages companies to get their employees volunteering in their community, as a way of celebrating Christmas.

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of TimeBank, said: “Lots of companies are finding Christmas party budgets won’t go very far, while their teams are looking to do something alternative, unusual, affordable and much more fun than the average office do – so we came up with the idea of getting together with your workmates for a few hours volunteering in the local community. It’s lovely to head home for the holidays knowing you’ve made a real difference to people’s lives.”

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