More than 100 staff from PwC's Newcastle office went out into the local community for the firm's annual volunteering day, One Firm One Day.
One team from the office volunteered with Changing Lives, a charity which provides specialist support services for thousands of vulnerable people and their families.
The charity works with people experiencing homelessness, addiction and a range of other problems by supporting local communities and providing employment opportunities.
The team helped with gardening, painting and cooking in the emergency care shelter in Newcastle. They also supported the Oaktrees abstinence project in Blyth.
PwC in Newcastle has worked with Changing Lives for several years, raising money and awareness of the valuable work they do. The firm also donated furniture when the office moved to new offices in February.
Another team of volunteers from PwC spent the day at the Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, one of the world’s largest wetland conservation organisations.
The trust works globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people in the region.
PwC’s team of volunteers spent the day helping to create a duck hospital as well as doing maintenance work around the wetlands.
PwC’s senior office partner in Newcastle, Bill MacLeod, who volunteered at the Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust said: “As a firm we talk about how important it is to do the right thing in the community and One Firm One Day allows us to dothis.
“While we are a global brand, we pride ourselves in being active in the local North East community, and it was great to see so many people from the office getting involved in the initiative and volunteering with these local charities.
“Having worked with both the Wetlands Trust and Changing Lives for a number of years, we know first-hand the real difference they make to the community we work and live in.”
PwC’s Newcastle office was one of 25 PwC offices across the UK involved in the volunteering day.
This is a key part of PwC’s corporate sustainability programme that focuses on promoting social inclusion within its local communities by supporting creative and active partnerships which focus on employability, education and the environment.
Last year, across the UK, staff spent more than 16,000 hours volunteering with 166 social enterprises.