Tuesday 28th October

Newell Rubbermaid (NR) employees gathered together to make a positive global impact across the world, by improving their respective communities as part of Global Service Day via Education.

On Tuesday 28th October, Fifteen employees at Hammersmith headquarters spent the morning offering their time and services to make a difference in deprived areas.

Geoffrey Parker, great grandson, founder of Parker Pen took the opportunity and addressed employability skills to young people in unemployment.

The Employment Workshop consisted of teaching young job seekers who lack vital skills to secure employment, in today's competitive job market. The team proceeded to give guidance and support with CV writing tips, sharpen their interviews skills, an informative lively discussion and network opportunities with NR colleagues.

This workshop helped young people develop more confidence to fulfil their potential and improve career prospects.

In the afternoon thirty-four excited children from Shepherds Bush Families Project were inspired to swap junk food in exchange of fresh produce.

Newell Rubbermaid employees from the Marketing and Finance department devised fun and imaginative ways to engage children in the preparation of healthy kid-friendly snacks. The children rolled up their sleeves to get their hands messy, exploring different types of textured foods and made vegetarian wraps and smoothies with plenty of nutrients and antioxidants.

Shepherd's Bush Families Project and Children Centre (SBFPCC) aims to break the cycle of social exclusion. This charity offers to support families who are homeless, subjected to severe housing needs and experiencing social and economic deprivation.

They provide a range of stimulating educational and recreational services for infants, children and young people, which will allow them to thrive and develop both at home and school or college. Also SBFPCC works with parents to enhance their confidence and knowledge, enabling them to meet their children's wellbeing and their own, building stronger sustainable families and communities.

Alexandra Roger-Machart Brand Manager, Parker Pen said: "...As part of Global Service Day everyone around the globe is giving back to their communities....this year's theme is education. I really enjoyed interaction with the kids...brings so much dynamics and a great way for them to discover food. One day of your time makes so much of a difference".

The group of volunteers nurtured the children's curiosity, by providing a blindfold taste test challenge, which involved the kids sampling a mixture of fruits and vegetables, as a group and try to identify the taste.

Katie Sebok, Marketing professional at NR stated: …it's great for us to get involved in the community...seeing all the kids enthusiastic to learn about the nutritional side of healthy eating and interacting with them ".

Lina, a child from the children's centre said "I had fun today...We got to eat different fruits, my favourite was melon".

Tina Mayers, manager at SBFPCC thanked Newell Rubbermaid employees for their efforts and contribution to help Instil healthy eating in children.

After a fun packed day, the children were rewarded and presented with certificates for their participation in learning the importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits. They proudly shared their achievements with their parents.


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