My name is Sarah, and I’m the General Manager here at MS-UK. Every year, I organise four team training days for all of the staff here. The team are asked to give ideas of what they would like to do which are discussed further during staff meetings.
A lot of our roles at MS-UK are part time where staff work different days and in different departments. These team days give everyone the opportunity of getting together and getting to know each other. I try to make the team days enjoyable while working with the management team to provide training necessary for our organisation, whether it be internal training or with an external trainer.
Our latest team day involved us volunteering for another charity, Wellies On, a working farm.
The day began with a talk from Wellies On Managing Director Ellie, who explained how the 40 acre farm brings together people from all walks of life who may be able to benefit from being outside in the countryside. We had a tour of the farm, followed by Ellie’s sidekick, Angus the dog!
After meeting the lovely goats and learning about the ice cream made by the farm we divided into three groups, which gave everyone a chance to catch up with members of staff in different departments.
One group took on the challenge of clearing overgrown brambles and weeds and laying a new bark pathway. They were very happy as they managed to eat a lot of blackberries during the day!
The second group made their way to the sheep pen, dismantling an old fence and digging holes for new fence posts to be erected. The sheep didn’t seem to mind us, until we cleaned the animal water troughs and they decided to come and say hello.
The third group helped out by rubbing down plaster board walls and painting the new reception area for Wellies On.
ven though they were inside, we think they still ended up the messiest!
We had lovely weather for the day, and at about 12pm we enjoyed a pizza lunch in their fantastic yurt.
Overall we had a really fulfilling day where both our team and Wellies On were very happy with the outcome.
All of our staff had a brilliant day and we were able to support another local charity.
You can find out more about Wellies On at www.wellieson.com.