Telefonica volunteers, Tenants and friends

Telefonica volunteers, Tenants and friends


Telefonica Volunteering Day –Our trip to Sli Eile

Friday 4th October was the Telefonica annual Employee Volunteering Day. Telefonica is a multinational communications organisation, whose brand in Ireland is O2. Employees across the globe get involved in a wide array of volunteering opportunities for the Think Big programme, ProNino and local community initiatives.

A series of volunteering activities are organised each yearin Ireland, ensuring lots of ways for employees to get involved. Activities for 2013 included but were not limited to; donating good old clothes, toys and household items for Enable Ireland, and helping to clear and cultivate land on the Sli Eile farm in Charleville.

 This year a group of Telefonica O2Ireland employees travelled to the Sli Eile Community Farm  which provides a supportive living environment of structure, routine and respect to help people who are experiencing or who have experienced mental health difficulties in regaining control of their lives. Promotion of positive mental health is something which O2 in partnership with Headstrong are hugely supportive with our Think Big Programme.

 There was great excitement amongst the group in anticipation of our day trip to Sli Eile. On arrival at the farm the sense of community and warmth is immediately apparent. We were welcomed as friends of the community and treated to the most delicious scones and cakes baked on the farm by residents and co-workers. We spent time talking to those who are part of the community and it was it a great sense of purpose that we set about our tasks for the day.

 The organiser of the activities on the day, Jim Cronin with his delightfully happy disposition set about splitting us in to groups to tackle different activities task.  Each group was assigned a group leader and we worked with the community members to complete our assigned tasks.

 I can honestly say that the momentum and motivation did not falter, even when we comprehended the mammoth task that laid ahead, everybody worked hard and took one step at a time never doubting that we would complete what we had set out to do. Sheds and barns for housing livestock during the winter were cleared, yards swept and hosed down; hay was sorted and recycled for compost purposes.

 The community and what they are working to achieve was inspiring. We had a wonderful day and everybody felt a great sense of achievement, something which is definitely to be repeated.

 A Big thanks to Sli Eile for giving us the opportunity to experience and be part, however brief in their wonderful community.