Distillery workers help dementia home

Chivas staff hard at work helping out at Williamwood House.
Chivas staff hard at work helping out at Williamwood House.

Scotch whisky and premium gin producer Chivas Brothers got into the spirit of National Volunteers Week 2016 by supporting community projects across the UK.

Dozens of green-fingered employees based at the company’s site in Dalmuir near Glasgow signed up to volunteer at Williamwood House in Strathtay Avenue, Netherlee, which provides specialist resources to meet the needs of older people with dementia.

Volunteers helped to renovate the extensive grounds surrounding the centre, which opened in 1983, by helping to cut back shrubs and trees as well as planting summer bedding to brighten up the area.

Employees unable to take part in the community projects were tasked to join a two-minute litter pick with Keep Scotland Beautiful, a charity which aims to make Scotland green, clean and more sustainable.

Jamie MacKillop, Risk Specialist at Chivas Brothers, spent the day volunteering at Williamwood House.

He said: “We are extremely proud to be volunteering at Williamwood House which does so much for those living with a diagnosis of dementia. By helping to renovate the grounds at the centre, the residents will be able to enjoy a new and improved environment just in time for summer.

“It is extremely important for Chivas Brothers to give back to our communities. This year, Responsib’ALL Day will also coincide with National Volunteers Week, giving us even more motivation to show our support for a number of fantastic and worthy projects.”

Investing in local communities is just one of Chivas Brothers’ commitments, along with promoting responsible drinking, protecting the planet and empowering its people. Throughout the year employees are also encouraged to participate in Chivas Spirit of Support (Chivas SOS) – a staff-inspired community scheme that offers all employees an opportunity to volunteer in local communities.

Chivas Brothers’ 1,600 employees dedicated thousands of hours to causes by undertaking activities to support and develop their local communities. A number of events took place near the company’s sites in Scotland and London as part of the day which aims to create or renew convivial spaces for residents.