Groupama Insurance’s employees volunteer at primary school

Groupama Insurance’s employees have taken part in a national campaign to educate children about healthy eating.

As part of Groupama’s Business in the Community pledge, 16 volunteers visited Cardwell Primary School in Woolwich to promote healthy eating among 120 pupils.

Throughout the day, Groupama employees and pupils planted a vegetable and herb garden, made fruit kebabs, participated in games and painted a mural of a hungry caterpillar.

Paul Cann, HR director at Groupama Insurances said, “This is a fantastic initiative, and our visit to Cardwell School was greatly appreciated by the children and teachers. Some children do not have access to a garden at home and for some this was the first time they had ever planted a seed.

“But as well as giving something back to the community, it was also a very effective team-building event.

“This was really evident in the hugely positive feedback from those involved. The 16 Groupama volunteers felt the day offered a new experience that would be recognised as a source of skills development, and that it had challenged them to adapt to an unfamiliar environment, allowing for creativity as well as invoking a real sense of achievement.

“I would strongly encourage other managers to consider a Business in the Community initiative such as ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ for their teams.

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“It pushes people outside their comfort zones and fosters teamwork and creativity. Volunteering work of this nature is great for personal and team morale.”

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