After introducing the charity Start Again and its clients to the agency in late 2016, the volunteering got off to a great start in 2017. Several stretches of weekly volunteering opportunities were filled by the colleagues in the Zurich office. The summer saw a big volleyball tournament with a team from the agency to work closely with the clients. To date 17 people out of the office of 50 have volunteered and donated 14 working days. During the summer this includes outdoor sports and during the winter it is indoor activities.
Said Tsedi Gyalzur from Dentsu Aegis Network Switzerland, the driving force behind the Start Again partnership: “It is a pleasure for all of us to get to know the clients of Start Again and to help them connect with peers on a friendship level. It may not seem like much to us, but this time is valuable to the clients we work with: interacting as friends, as normal, and having an opportunity to talk about other things than all their concerns and worries.”
And here’s the view from the charity. Anita Platzer, Bereichsleitung start again said: “Over a period of several weeks employees of Dentsu Aegis accompanied our clients to their sports and exercise program. Their openness, flexibility and creativity enabled the participants of our addiction program to spend some time outside of the immediate in-patient setting of the therapy, characterized by physical action and power. In the meantime, our staff was able to use the additional capacity to take care of important administrative and organizational tasks. Furthermore, the cooperation actively promoted the exchange between private sector companies and social institutions. An enriching experience for all parties involved.”