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Barclays Recognises The Volunteer Culture That Provides Mutual Benefits


Lee learns from Barclays that helps him in his volunteering work while the latter shapes his character and strengthens his personality to perform better at corporate sector.

Dailycsr.com – 06 August 2018 – Lee Faulkner is an employee of Barclays who works at the risk management section of the company. Additionally, Faulkner also volunteers with a South Wales based organisation, namely “the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team”.
While recounting Lee’s experience with the volunteer organisation, he takes one through a typical day’s itinerary, whereby he describes his work which ranged from going out in search of “a missing person on the Brecon Beacons” to going to help and rescue walkers who get injured. He also talks, on behalf of the team, about earning recognition from Prince William.
Lee has always enjoyed the “great outdoors” adventure while being constantly aware of the “Central Beacon Mountain Rescue Team”. He harboured deep admiration from the “fantastic service” provided by the team. Inspired from this aspect of the organisation, in the year of 2013m, Lee took a decision to contact the organisation to figure out if he fitted in anywhere to be in any form of help. Talking about working with Barclays, Lee said:
“I work as an Operations Control Executive in Cardiff, south Wales, where I am responsible for ensuring that Barclays’ risk management processes are adhered to. I’ve been in this role for seven months, but I’ve been with the company for 12 years”.
Upon joining the team Lee found out that “a lot of skills” required in this task, while from his experiences at Barclays he could bring something new to the table. The dedicated team runs on volunteering basis, while the challenge lies in “dealing with time constraints and available resource”. Working within “corporate frameworks” all through the career time span, allowed Lee to join the team and bring in improvements in the processes to help ensure that the runs “as efficiently as possible”.
Now while living his inspired dream, Lee further recounted:
“I am currently working as a Water Rescue Technician, providing support to areas that could be affected by severe flooding. I’ve also had the opportunity to work in different areas of the organisation which has been brilliant. I am also a trained mountain rescue medic and I am the Deputy Fundraising Officer – I probably spend around 20 hours a week volunteering – but it affords me some amazing experiences. Being part of the mountain rescue team, where we deal with everything from rescuing mountaineers to finding lost dogs, I’ve also made some great friendships – you’re putting your life in your colleagues’ hands so you form strong bonds”.
A few years’ ago, Prince William paid a visit to the team to express his gratitude towards the hard work put in by the team. Although, Lee wasn’t present in person during the memorable visit, he still feels the honour that was bestowed upon them for the service that they provide which receive recognition from a royal family member.
Furthermore, Lee added:
“I feel my volunteer work has helped me develop my skillset at Barclays. Working in such an intense environment, where I am often treating people with serious injuries, has helped with my decision making. It’s taught me the importance of taking a step back, keeping a cool head and analysing the situation before stepping in”.
“Barclays has also nominated me for its global Citizenship Award. I certainly don’t do the work for the plaudits, but it’s great to work for an employer that takes a genuine interest and recognises their employees’ hard work”.