GSK Green Dragon Primary School volunteering programme

Spark! partner company GSK is committed to supporting the communities where its staff live and work.  At GSK House in Brentford the company supports a number of initiatives that contribute to the well-being of people living locally in the Borough of Hounslow, for example through their Orange Day volunteer partnerships, whereby employees give up one day of their time to volunteer in the locally community.

GSK has a long-standing relationship with Spark! whose role is to facilitate effective relationships between employers and schools to raise the achievement of young people and help prepare them for adult life.

GSK’s relationship with Green Dragon Primary School began in late summer in 2003, when Spark! recommended the school to GSK as a partner for their primary school business volunteering scheme.  The school is located in a local pocket of deprivation and is just a 5 minute cycle or drive from GSK House – and a 15 minute walk.

Employees from a wide range of professional backgrounds at GSK House offer their time and services to help small groups of pupils and individuals with their classwork during school time.    The employee volunteers visit on a regular weekly basis leading to strong relationships being formed with pupils and teachers.

GSK volunteers receive comprehensive training and support from the school’s community liaison teacher before they begin their visits and CRB checks are facilitated by the school.

“GSK [is] committed to supporting the communities in which we work.  …[we] encourage and empower all employees to play their part in local volunteering efforts .

“Our support for the London Borough of Hounslow remains undiminished. Through our partnership with Spark! (co-founders of the Green Dragon School volunteer programme) we are working to create opportunities for young people in Hounslow.”

Sir Andrew Witty, CEO, GlaxoSmithKline Plc

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