Thursday, 5th October 2017: HEINEKEN Ireland has brought its national community initiative to Inchicore; creating urban growing spaces that have a positive impact – socially, environmentally and economically. Entitled ‘Growing with Our Communities’, this initiative is “rooted” internally with HEINEKEN Ireland employees and in collaboration with GIY (Grow it Yourself), through a bespoke GIY@Work programme called #StarGrowers. The latest ‘Star Garden’ project to be announced by HEINEKEN Ireland is St. Michael’s Community Centre, Inchicore.
St. Michael’s Community Centre, Inchicore is the sixth of ten community groups around the country which will be given access to their own GIY@Work programme, some “seed” funding, growing and landscaping expertise and HEINEKEN Ireland people power. Today, over 50 people including HEINEKEN Ireland volunteers, GIY and St Michael’s community volunteers are coming together to create the infrastructure for a welcoming community garden.
Announcing the initiative, Sandy Boundy, Communications & CSR Manager of HEINEKEN Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with St. Michael’s Community Centre and Dublin City Council in Inchicore today, an area that is very close to our own offices in Kilmainham Square. Volunteering in HEINEKEN Ireland is part of who we are and our GIY@Work partnership provides a great platform for our employees to get involved. The partnership with St. Michael’s builds on HEINEKEN’s strong sustainability credentials outlined in our “Brewing a Better World” sustainability strategy. To make great products, you need great ingredients and that’s why our environment is so important.”
Karen O’ Donohoe, Head of Community Development, GIY added“Our GIY@Work programme brings food growing into the workplace in a fun but meaningful way. It, along with volunteering is a key element of employee wellbeing and CSR activities. The Star Garden at St. Michael’s will be a really inclusive space for all the various groups that use the centre and the fantastic volunteers that manage it. Volunteering is an integral part of community development and ‘Growing with our Communities’ is a great example of how one group of volunteers can support another.”