19 May 2015

Principality employees help Newport pupils start a pukka food revolution

Employees from Principality Building Society helped pupils start a pukka food revolution when they volunteered at a school in Newport.

St Michael’s RC Primary School had some culinary help from Wales’ largest building society as part of Food Revolution Day, run by Business in the Community (BITC). 

For the event the volunteers and pupils took part in an online cookery lesson with chef Jamie Oliver with the aim of getting young people to learn more about food and healthy eating.

One of the volunteers from Principality Building Society, John Simpson, said: “As a business that values our links with the local community, it is great to be part of the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering. Getting out of our normal work environment and working as a team was a great way for our employees to learn new skills, like team working, communication and leadership, that they can take back to our workplace. 

“Food Revolution Day was a brilliant way to teach children about food in a fun and engaging way. The pupils were fantastic and created some amazing healthy sandwiches, which I’m sure Jamie Oliver would be proud of!”

Jill Manship, head teacher at St Michael’s RC Primary School said: “We were delighted with the support from the employees at Principality, who helped our pupils to prepare for the cooking lesson, supported them with an extra pair of hands during the lesson and an extra pair of eyes to supervise.

“We want to ensure that our pupils know the benefits of eating healthily for them and their families and with the help of Principality and BITC hopefully we did just that.”

Food Revolution Day coincided with BITC’s Give & Gain Day 2015, which is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering and is coordinated by BITC – the business-led charity that stands for responsible business. 

By getting unprecedented numbers of people out volunteering on one day, BITC Cymru are helping businesses across Wales to champion the talent, skill, energy and passion of Welsh employees and the role they can play in helping communities prosper.

Commenting, Rosie Sweetman, Director of BITC Cymru, said: “Give & Gain Day is a unique opportunity to bring together employee volunteers with community groups to share ideas, collaborate and learn from each other’s experiences and backgrounds. Volunteering experience also helps to build skills and motivation amongst employees, benefits that go straight back into the business.

“We can see that at the heart of employee volunteering is mutual benefit – because when volunteers give, Welsh businesses and communities gain.”

Principality Building Society also took part in a range of other activities across Wales in support of Give & Gain Day 2015 including a return visit to the Brecon Beacons to help repair upland pathways, supporting a Cardiff Blues tag rugby festival and smartening up Groundwork North Wales’ education centre and nature reserve.

Published: 19/05/2015