Last week a team of Lexy volunteers visited Southfield Academy as part of Business in the Community’s Give and Gain Day, the UK’s only national day dedicated to employee volunteering, to share some of their cooking skills and knowledge.
The aim was to encourage students who had recently emigrated to the UK to think about where their food comes from and learn about healthy food options, whilst getting creative in the kitchen. We used food as a communication tool to help new starters at the school, whose mother tongue wasn’t English, to gain a little more confidence.
The day kicked off with a spider-web icebreaker; the activity encouraged the new students to introduce themselves confidently to their peers, our chefs and other team members. The students then had to create a cup-cake each to reflect their own and British culture. The Lexy team shared foodie ideas and knowledge whilst learning first hand from the students about their cultures, traditional foods and favourite dishes.
Rhiannon Heseltine, General Manager and Team leader said “Working alongside the school’s coordinator was brilliant for the team; we learnt from her and her students about their culture, family and experiences in the UK. To top off the day all thirty students thanked us in their own language which everyone loved! It was a fab day and one we’ll remember for a long time.”
Maria Fearon, Mentor Coordinator at Southfields Academy said, “It was an inspirational day of learning for us. A big thank you goes to the Lexington Catering team for sharing their time and skills with our community.”