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New venture to help community
Team-building: Industry link with volunteers
Melton Times, October 5, 2000

Communities and industry around the borough could benefit from a new venture between Melton Volunteer Bureau and Achievement Unlimited.

The organisations aim to offer firms team-building courses so staff can not only develop their own skills but work on a project that helps the community.

Former Pedigree Masterfoods workers John Robertson and Martin Boothman, who recently set up Achievement Unlimited, say the community projects could be anything from redecorating homes or doing some gardening for the elderly to helping refurbish village halls.

John Robertson and 
Martin Boothman of Achievement Unlimited (achunltd.jpg, 10.2kB)
John Robertson and Martin Boothman
John, who was involved in team-building and training at Pedigree said: “Being part of a community project can be incredibly motivating. If people believe they are doing something worthwhile then they will go back to their workplace and think ‘is our work worthwhile and if not, how can we make it worthwhile?’ which often brings up interesting ideas.”

Martin, a former personnel manager, said: “The aim is to give people more satisfaction.”

Team-building tasks include building bridges and tackling obstacle courses, but Achievement Unlimited wants its teams to complete something the community can benefit from.

As members of the Volunteer Bureau, John and Martin started the company to help the community and because they wanted to set up a business. Achievement Unlimited covers both aims.

The idea was sparked by a team-building exercise at Pedigree which saw employees lending a helping hand with the gardening at Craven Lodge School in Melton.

John said the project was a huge hit because of the sense of achievement felt by those taking part.

Another aim is to help small and medium-sized businesses which cannot afford team-building courses – which can cost around £800 a day per person.

Achievement Unlimited says a company would benefit from higher quality of work, faster projects, reduced costs and absenteeism.

The Volunteer Bureau has asked groups and organisations to put forward any projects they have which Achievement Unlimited could help with.

•  For more details telephone
John Robertson on 01572 787410
Martin Boothman on 01664 859094
Pam Dixon at Melton Volunteer Bureau
on 01664 568555

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