Newly appointed Birmingham Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Faulkner and Director of Policy & Strategic Relationships Henrietta Brealey visited one of our Health for Life growing sites in Weoley Castle earlier this week, to find out more about the programme, our involvement and meet the team.
Health for Life is a five year programme, funded by the Mondelez International Foundation which promotes healthy lifestyles amongst communities in South Birmingham. Working with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), the site offers a range of activities for individuals and community groups. Formerly a piece of waste land attracting anti-social behaviour, the site has been transformed into a Health for Life community growing space, by local residents and by many teams of our colleagues across the last 5 years, including a very muddy LT during Global Volunteer Week 2013! Local residents of all ages and backgrounds use the site to grow produce, learn about horticulture and take part in healthy eating workshops.
Speaking about the visit, Paul said, “It was great to see behind the scenes at this hidden gem. The Health for Life programme is a live example of meaningful community partnership. The work Mondelez and TCV are doing here is delivering real benefits for local people, from nursery age right up to the elderly. From community cohesion to health education and exercise, this work is having a real positive impact. I was personally impressed with the quality of the site and the enthusiasm of the TCV and Mondelez teams.
I left feeling that the community and CSR work undertaken by Mondelez runs right through the heart of the Bournville based business. It is characteristic of their understated and genuine approach that the programme is not commercially orientated, despite them having made such a sizeable investment. I wish the Health for Life team the best of luck with their exhibition at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC this June and look forward to visiting again in warmer weather!”
Community Affairs Manager, Mondelez UK
Pictured: Chris Blythe (Health for Life in the community Programme Manager, TCV), Paul Faulkner (CEO, GBCC), Kelly Farrell (Community Affairs Manager Northern Europe, Mondelez International) and Joe Whitehouse, (Health for Life in the community Project Officer, TCV)