GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) actively encourages staff to contribute to their local communities and give them plenty of support to do so.
They launched “Orange Day” to give their employees one paid day off each year to volunteer for a good cause. Employees across the world have supported a wide range of charities and projects including distributing food to homeless people in Malaysia, organising a careers workshop for unemployed parents in Poland and supporting a recreation camp for young girls in India.
Green Corridor was introduced to GSK by the OK-Charity, known as Oshum Karum, and an Orange Day was duly planned for over 90 employees on the 19th September 2017 at our Learning & Development Centre near Heathrow Terminal 5.
GSK employees were divided into 8 teams with our own young learners with special educational needs assigned to each group. Throughout the day teams rotated around a variety of practical activities from making bee hotels to raised bed painting, plant pot decorating to sowing seeds in our growing plots.
“The day I had with GSK was honestly one of the best days I have had at Green Corridor. I liked doing a range of tasks and I had to teach my group, the Garlic team, to sow seeds into drills that I enjoyed. They were very friendly and lovely to work with. Before they came I was nervous about meeting so many people but in the end they were fun to talk to and I would like to do it again”. A Green Corridor learner who struggles with Autism.
Feedback from GSK employee volunteers was also extremely positive:
“Firstly, thanks for organising such a great day. It was one of the best Orange days I have been part of. Such days require a lot of planning and the event was well set up and, to me, it all felt that it ran very smoothly. I really appreciated the allocation of different tasks and then rotating these. This kept me interested and enthused at the task in hand and also created good talking points with other team members”.
“The learners were great. We worked with Adam and Atlas. I learnt a lot from them and it was great to see first-hand and discuss how much the charity meant to them. Being able to grow vegetables really gave a great tangible end to the effort the learners must put in over the number of months it takes to nurture and look after the produce. I was lucky to obtain some of the produce from Green Corridor and I would hope to do so in the future to help support the programme.”
All in all it was a fantastic Orange Day and our site has never looked better and our learners truly benefitted from being part of this immersive volunteering experience. Finally, huge thanks to GSK employees from Green Corridor staff and learners for supporting our community of need and we look forward to hopefully working with you again in future.