Written by Anna Russell, Corporate Responsibility and Internal Communications Director at Bupa UK
International Volunteer Day (IVD) is marked on 5 December every year. Launched by the United Nations in 1985, IVD celebrates the power of volunteering and recognises individuals and organisations for their impact across the world.
At Bupa, making a positive contribution to society is at the heart of our strategic framework. We invest in the communities in which we operate and have dedicated Foundations in Australia, the UK and Spain to channel our investment. We also encourage our people to give their time and skills through volunteering and fundraising.
The World Volunteerism Report revealed more than one billion people volunteer globally. This is equivalent to over 109 million full-time workers. I’m really pleased that Bupa has contributed to this achievement and want to share a few recent examples of our colleagues’ work this year.
In Australia, our team organised flu vaccinations for Big Issue across the country, helping them stay well over the winter. This is the second year Bupa has teamed up with the Big Issue, with Bupa nurses delivering the service to vendors (often people who are homeless) in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.
We’ve provided over 100,000 people free preventative health workshops to people in Spain, offering free cancer and dental check-ups, and oral health workshops. In Chile, our doctors provided cataract operations to those in need.
In May, our colleagues from Bupa Global and the Bupa Cromwell Hospital in the UK supported a Maasai Mara medical camp by volunteering their time and medical expertise. Across two days volunteers assisted over 2,400 people.
Back in the UK, our Community Committee in Bupa Place, Manchester, has volunteered its time with local secondary schools offering office tours, work experience days and CV and interview workshops.
Our Bupa Dental Care UK team has chosen Dentaid as its official charity partner. Dentaid was formed in 1996 and has worked in more than 70 countries providing free dental treatment, training, equipment donations and oral health education to vulnerable people. We’re supporting Dentaid’s work with fundraising and skilled volunteering.
In August, we co-sponsored the inaugural Beach Clean with Bupa teams joining over 1,000 volunteers to clear two tonnes of rubbish from the seafront following Brighton and Hove Pride. In total, 1.5 tonnes of recyclables that were destined for landfill were successfully sorted and sent to be recycled.
Im proud of the time and energy our people give to supporting the communities in which we live and work. By focusing on areas that matter to our communities, customers and employees, together we’re making a difference in helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.