Tempo’s 2019 Volunteering Round-Up!

Happy New Year!

2019 was yet another busy year for us at Tempo, with volunteering activities continuing in strength across our thriving networks.

Over the course of the year Tempo team members also sought to volunteer in their respective regions, both individually and as part of a team.

Take a look at some of our volunteering ventures in 2019…

World Mental Health Day

On 10th October, the South Wales Tempo team made their way to one of our spend partners, Pembrey Country Park near Llanelli to spend the morning picking up litter and helping keep the area tidy and waste-free to mark World Mental Health Day.

Pickers at the ready!

The rain stayed away long enough so that the team could scour the beautiful park with bags and pickers in hand whilst also enjoying the stunning scenery on offer.

A hot drink and tasty lunch was enjoyed by all in the newly-refurbished cafe afterwards too!

Honourary staff member, Charlie, also came along to lend a paw!


The Redbox Project

Roisin, a London-based Partnership Manager at Tempo, chose to dedicate her time to volunteering with the Redbox Project in 2019. The charity aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free sanitary products to local schools.

Students excited to see The Red Box Project kick off at their school

More than a quarter of menstruating people have missed school or work because they couldn’t afford period products. As part of the time she volunteers Roisin collects donation of sanitary products and monetary donations before delivering them to schools local to Tempo’s London office in Bethnal Green.

The monetary donations are used to buy products such as underwear and tights that are also provided to schools to aid any pupil caught short during the day.

Roisin also attended events during the year to boost the profile of the Redbox Project, and raise awareness of period poverty.


Sustainability in Volunteering

Tempo’s Evaluation Manager, Roxanne, dedicates her time in her local community in Pembrokeshire as a Director of Social Enterprise. 2019 was a busy and successful year as they managed to obtain funding for 2 valuable projects – to build a community-owned wind turbine and to develop a Local Energy Action Force, recruiting volunteers to develop sustainable energy ideas for their communities in Pembrokeshire.

Rox also became a Town Councillor for Laugharne in the summer, and chairs the Laugharne Festival Committee, a group responsible for the local park and playing field and hosts local events. Phew!


Back to school!

Tempo’s Central Support Team spent part of their summer team day painting fences at Riverbank School in Canton, Cardiff.

With the sun shining it was hard not to be in good spirits, especially with the knowledge that the children would return to a refreshed playground in the new school year.

The team hard at work!

What an absolute amazing bunch of people where nothing was too much hassle. Thank you for helping us offer our pupils a much better deal – Aaron Ellis, Deputy Head of Riverbank School


The Breakfast Club

A member of Tempo’s Central Support Team spent some time volunteering with a Breakfast Club based in Splott, Cardiff in the latter half of the year. The club runs thrice weekly and acts as both a place to get together and eat breakfast with other members of the community, but also as a food bank. Food donations are made by local supermarkets and businesses such as Lidl, Tesco, and Greggs.

Ffion’s volunteering role varied from helping collect donations, serving breakfast and washing up.

The heart of their community, club organisers Angela and Fred have grown the club over the years since its inception in 2009 and it still proves popular with local residents. Fred and Angela recently joined Tempo for a chat about their experiences which you can listen to here to find out more about the Breakfast Club.


Christmas Donations

To end the year Tempo staff collected food and other Christmas goodies to donate to Christmas hampers put together by ACE Working Families, an organisation that is also a part of the Tempo network. ACE are a community-developed charity that work to regenerate their local community.


Staff donated a range of treats from Christmas puddings to toys, soups to biscuits, which were then added to festive hampers and delivered by ACE staff to families on Christmas Eve. Time Credits were also donated by Time Credit members and included in the hampers so that local families could use them to do something a bit different in the new year at one of our spend venues.

The hampers are just one of the amazing things that ACE does for their community and Tempo staff were eager to help ACE spread some festive cheer.


In our 2019 Impact Report, 80% of members who completed our annual survey reported an improvement in their quality of life as a result of volunteering and earning Time Credits. Tempo staff can only agree that volunteering helps boost confidence, productivity and general well-being.

We’re looking forward to continue giving time in 2020 and being active parts of the valuable volunteering efforts that take place across the country as part of Tempo’s earning network.

How did you volunteer and earn Time Credits in 2019? Does your group have any volunteering opportunities or tasks that you’d like Tempo to get involved in this year? Let us know!

Best Wishes for 2020.