Students from Round Oak School recently visited National Grid House to sell us ‘bug hotels’ – the winning product from their annual Business Enterprise day.
A team of employee volunteers from Capital Delivery’s Business Support team supported the school with this year’s event, which provides the opportunity for students to participate in a Dragon’s Den type activity where they need to prepare and market a product. The activities also encourage the students to develop important life skills, such as managing money, communication and interaction with others.
Speaking about the event, Business Support Graduate and Community Action Day (CAD) team leader Hannah Urquhart said: “Everyone in the team enjoyed the day. The school had a lovely atmosphere and the children were really enthusiastic and happy to be involved.”
The task this year was to create ‘bug hotels’ using natural materials, learn how to price the product and then how to pitch them to a panel of judges. The students also created a range of bug-themed cards.
Each team of students was supported by our volunteers, discussing how to best make the bug hotels, what would be a suitable cost and ideas on how to pitch their products to the judges; using posters, jingles, music, dance or whatever they felt would make their product unique and the best.
The CAD was supported by Volunteering Matters, who help source high-quality opportunities on behalf of employees. Their Project Officer Val Brittin said: “The whole day was full of fun as well as learning and a valuable awareness-raising exercise for our National Grid colleagues. This has reinforced the relationship between the two organisations and further supported community relations.”
Want to improve your team-working skills and give something back to the community?
If you want to sign up for a CAD, simply complete our registration form or contact the Group Citizenship team* to find out more. We offer both environmental and skills-based team volunteering challenges.
About Round Oak School
Round Oak School is a special education school and one of our EmployAbility partner schools. It caters for students between 11 and 19 years old, with many of the older students joining our EmployAbility programme.
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