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Sage volunteers at Jarrow Hall

300 volunteers in one day

Posted on 18 April 2017

Groundwork joined forces with one of the North East's largest employers to escape the office for a day of community volunteering.

The site of Jarrow Hall, Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village & Bede Museum in South Tyneside was bustling with over 300 volunteers from Sage, who were set to clean, repair and restore some of the historic site’s renowned exhibits – despite the cold and damp weather.

Groundwork took over the operation of Jarrow Hall in October and is set to showcase the site’s refurbishments at their upcoming relaunch in April 2017.

Andrew Watts, Chief Executive of Groundwork in South Tyneside and Newcastle, said: “We are delighted to be working and engaging with big corporations such as Sage.

“It’s great to see the community come together to work towards developing such a historic site that brings so much culture to South Tyneside.

“To showcase Sage’s fantastic work we were joined by South Tyneside’s Mayor and Mayoress.”

“We look forward to continuing to work with leading corporations such as Sage, to work towards one of our 2020 goals that 15,000 people will be engaged in positive action to improve their local communities.”

Sage is one of the North East's largest employers that values volunteering from its staff. As part of the Sage Foundation, Sage staff have the opportunity to take part in up to five days volunteering per year.

Chris Gallon, Sage Foundation Coordinator for Northern Europe, said: “Corporate volunteering has been something that Sage has been involved in for years, so even before the Sage Foundation was put in place CSR and volunteering has always been massively important to us.

“We are a North East based company that is now worldwide and we want to work together to impact local areas where our different offices are based.

“Our main aim is to work with and give back to local communities.”

The action packed five-hour day gave Sage volunteers the chance to create a pontoon in a pond, paint fences, refurbish the Anglo-Saxon Village Amphitheatre, clear pathways, create new fencing, plant bulbs and tidy throughout the site.

Volunteers also had the opportunity to work with the Historical Combat Society to repair a damaged wall using the traditional method of wattle and daub, in which woven strips of wood called wattle are daubed with sticky material such as soil.

Lily Adams, Historical Combat Society group member, said: “Today we have made excellent progress on the condition of the Hall as it is now weather proof and our initial aim was to get the condition of the to a point whereby it only needs regular checks and maintenance.

“We are also excited to share the technique of wattle and daub with the Groundwork and Sage team as it shows how historical skills can bring us all together.”

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