On 5 June, 100 ARAMARK UK employees set about a complete restoration of Newham's community centre and playground area. The team got to work building flower beds, a pagoda, a BBQ and picnic area, a reading garden and painting murals.
The challenge is being run in association with local charity Community Links and US charity City Year to create a welcoming and inspiring area for local residents to share and enjoy. As well as providing the man-power for the refurbishment, ARAMARK has also funded the costs of new equipment.
This is the first leg of a nationwide initiative to renovate 25 city parks as part of ARAMARK's international campaign 'Building Community', which was first launched in the US last year. 'Building Community' works with local community centres to improve leisure facilities for residents.
Andrew Main, Chief Executive Officer of ARAMARK comments:
"The restoration of 'Arc in the Park' has been a hugely rewarding experience for everyone involved. As well as forging strong links within the community, we hope to make a positive difference to their immediate environment.
"As a company we have links to the area due to our major contract with Newham Town Hall. The local response from residents has been incredibly encouraging and we look forward to being involved in more life changing experiences in the future. 'Building Community' forms a key part of ARAMARK'S Corporate Responsibility strategy and enables employees to put something back into society."