A local pet rehoming centre is the beneficiary of a donation supported by staff at East Suffolk Council.
Towards the end of last year, staff were invited to take part in a survey to express how they felt about working for the council (formerly Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils).
To encourage as many colleagues as possible to take part, the Council pledged to donate £1 for every completed survey to a local charity and, from a choice of four, Blue Cross Suffolk was chosen.
Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses arrive at their nationwide animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve. Additionally, Education and Behaviour Teams prepare future pet owners to take responsibility and look after their pets for life.
The Suffolk centre, in Wherstead, will benefit from a £317 donation from the council and two of the council’s longest serving employees – Karen Cook and Susan Smith - visited on Thursday to make the presentation to Community and Events Regional Fundraising Officer, Jennie Paige.
The survey showed that staff are very positive about working for the council, despite the changes that have taken place during the past few years. Among the questions answered, 91% of respondents agreed with the statement that “I am proud to say I work for our councils” – up from 86% in 2016.
Stephen Baker, Chief Executive of East Suffolk Council, said: “During the past few years we have experienced a huge amount of change for various reasons, however I am incredibly proud of how staff have risen to that challenge, and of the culture and values they exhibit in everything they do. As a team they have remained focused and committed to delivering the best possible services for our local communities, and to improving how we deliver those services wherever possible.”
“It is also really nice to see a local organisation receiving our support, and I hope that the donation to Blue Cross Suffolk will help to make a difference.”
Prior to the creation of the new council, staff had already been working as part of a joint workforce with Suffolk Coastal and Waveney for nearly 10 years. East Suffolk Council began operations on April 1 2019.