Council bosses volunteer for a day’s hard labour

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Top public sector bosses got out from behind their desks and spent a day labouring in the grounds a specialist pre-school.

Chief executive of Bucks County Council (BCC), Chris Williams, and his senior management team colleagues, rolled up their sleeves to take part in a volunteering day on Friday, helping to refurbish the grounds of the Puzzle Centre in Middle Claydon.

The team of directors helped out with much-needed grounds and garden work – painting fences, cutting back trees and improving the outdoor play area at the specialist education centre.

They were assisted by BCC’s highway management partner Ringway Jacobs and Guy Lachlan of Aylesbury hardware supplier Jones & Cocks, which supplied extra manpower, tools and materials for the refurbishment.

Mr Williams said: “The day was hard work but it’s been great fun getting stuck in as a team with fence painting, gardening and gravel laying.

“It has also been very rewarding to be able to help the Puzzle Centre, who give a unique type of education and support to young children with autism and their families.”

The Puzzle Centre charity promotes and delivers early intervention for very young children with autism and similar communication difficulties, and provides training and outreach to families and practitioners throughout the UK.

Its mission is to ensure that every pre-school-aged child with autism or similar communication needs is offered prompt, appropriate and high-quality education, therapy and support.

Principal Alex Stanyer said: “We are delighted that Chris Williams and his team of directors have taken the time to visit us, see the work we do and muck in.

“Volunteering is vital for charities and even more so when you are supporting your local charity.”`

The county council runs an employer-supported volunteering scheme which offers all BCC employees one day of volunteering per year, based on the individual’s normal working day. This can be taken either individually or as a group.