Bibby Offshore, the Aberdeen-based subsea construction specialist, first made contact with Cornerstone towards the end of 2009 to identify volunteering projects that its staff could become involved in. The company, which very much shares the philanthropic nature of its parent company, Bibby Line Group, wanted to establish a means of volunteering which would benefit its local community, allow employees an opportunity to work as a team out with their normal working environment and promote community health and wellbeing in line with the its Healthy Working Lives scheme.
During a very cold day in December 2009, Bibby Offshore’s risk and business continuity (R&BC) department, along with chairman Howard Woodcock, undertook the first of the company’s volunteering projects. The team of 11 braved the elements to revamp a garden and refresh the interior paint work of one of Cornerstone’s properties in Aberdeen, resulting in improved access to the garden area and a fresh look to the interior, both of which benefited the residents tremendously. The company noted that their R&BC team had found the day particularly rewarding and the partnership between Cornerstone and Bibby Offshore has continued to grow as a result.
In the summer of this year a team of 14 from the company’s commercial department undertook a similar gardening and painting project at another of Cornerstone’s Aberdeen properties. This particular project gave a combination of individuals who depend on their team mates on a daily basis and those individuals who do not necessarily work very closely with one another, the opportunity to get to know their colleagues out with their working environment, strengthening the dynamic of the department.
Further to this, employees from the company’s asset management group and finance department are due to volunteer at Cornerstone’s Christmas party, something which these particular volunteers were keen to become involved in given the spirit of the occasion.
“We are really delighted to have developed a close working relationship with Cornerstone. Since we established our business in Aberdeen in 2003, the City has provided Bibby Offshore with a home, a large proportion of our workforce and many of our key suppliers. We have always been very keen, therefore, to give back to the local community whenever we can. Volunteering for Cornerstone not only allows us to do this, but also provides us with a means of building and strengthening teams. I know that those teams that have been involved in the projects we have undertaken thus far have found the work to be extremely satisfying. We very much look forward to continuing this relationship in 2011.”
Howard Woodcock, chairman, Bibby Offshore