Local college HR teams make Time for Tea: getting to the HeaRt of the matter | Action Medical Research

Local college HR teams make Time for Tea: getting to the HeaRt of the matter

11 July 2014

Tea and sympathy transforms into tea and strategy, as Activate Learning’s Group HR Services Teams from Banbury and Bicester College, City of Oxford College and Reading College used their strategic planning meeting on 19 June to support a brand new charity initiative, the Action Cream Teas.

The leading UK children’s charity, Action Medical Research, called on the nation’s workforce to take a break and Activate Learning responded! They took delivery of their delicious traditional cream teas - in a box - to bond with colleagues over a brew whilst doing their bit for charity.

Karen Sanders, Group Director for HR and Organisational Development, says: “Activate Learning’s values are ‘Enterprise, Empowerment, Connectedness and Transformation’ and we are delighted to participate in the Action Cream Teas as a team building activity and fundraising event to support the charity and the vital research it funds. 

“Staff and learners at our colleges are involved in a wide range of activities which connect us with, and transforms, our communities and Group HR Services have nominated Action Medical Research as their charity for this academic year.”

The 2015 Action Cream Tea workplace delivery day will be announced soon. Each box this year contained: two freshly baked scones, Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream, fresh strawberries, two small jars of strawberry jam Tiptree, wrapped Yorkshire teabag, knife and serviette.

Activate Learning brings together secondary, further and higher education, along with international education, workforce training, management consultancy, commercial businesses and social enterprise.

Research is the key to saving many children from a lifetime of suffering. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. Action Medical Research is currently funding work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

More information on the Action Cream Teas here: www.action.org.uk/time4tea

The charity is also looking for local volunteers to help change the lives of sick and disabled babies, children and young people. If you can give a talk, inspire school fundraising, sell Cream Teas, organise an event or start a group then there is more information here: http://www.action.org.uk/volunteering

Watch the Action Cream Tea volunteer packing video here

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High-res pictures can be downloaded from the links below:

Karen Sanders, Activate Learning Group Director for HR and Organisational Development: http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/karen_sande...

The City of Oxford College: http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/the_city_of...


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T: 01403 327478
E: tslater@action.org.uk
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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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