Healthy habits start early. The decisions we make shape the course of our lives. We are influenced by our families, our communities, our education, what we read and watch and where we buy our food. Crucially, our ability to make healthy lifestyle choices is shaped by opportunity -- and not everyone has the same starting point.
At ConvaTec, we want to help give more young people the opportunity to make better choices for their long term health. We can’t change the world, but we can bring about small changes that will improve access to knowledge, support and facilities.
Through our community programme LIFE+ by ConvaTec, we focus our volunteering and charitable activities on helping disadvantaged young people to get a healthier start in life.
The key features of the programme are:
- helping young people avoid factors that could increase their chances of contracting chronic conditions later in life – typically issues such as obesity and poor nutrition, lack of exercise, or damaging addictions;
- supporting communities where some form of disadvantage creates barriers to accessing sports or recreation opportunities, a healthy diet, or relevant professional support and advice;
- working with community partners which have been identified and selected by employees and which are local to our factories, offices and other centres.
The programme was launched in 2018 with a central fund of $500,000 made available to support local initiatives. To reinforce our goal of an employee-led programme, we linked the distribution of funding to how our employees engaged in improving their own health and well-being. We achieved this through our participation in an employee wellbeing programme, the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge.
This year, 1,358 ConvaTec employees participated in the Global Challenge, not only improving their own health, but also through their efforts attracting fund allocations for their local charities.
Upon completion of a selection process, donations will be distributed to Charities all around the world, to sustain the projects that the ConvaTec employees have committed to support.
Wherever possible, LIFE+ Champions are organizing local events, inviting representatives of the charites for an informal get together, a handshake or hand-over of a symbolic cheque. Meeting with the people who work with disadvantaged kids or young adults every day, and witnessing the difference a donation can make, is a real heart-warming experience.
Here below the Charities that have received LIFE+ donations as of January 7, 2019.
|Czech Republic||Modrý klíč|
|Czech Republic||Dětský domov Dolní Počernice|
|Czech Republic||Obědy pro děti|
|Germany||GhettoKids Soziale Projekte|
|Italy||Save the Children|
|Slovakia||Spojená škola internátna|
|Slovakia||Detsky Domov Michalovce|
|Slovakia||ANIMA - DSS Michalovce|
|Slovakia||Súkromná základná škola pre autistov, Klokočov|
|Slovakia||Spojená škola Vrbove|
|Sweden||En Frisk Generation|
|Switzerland||Friend’s Association Namwala Secondary School (Zambia)|
|UK||Berkshire Youth - member of the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs of Great Britain|
|UK||Durham Association of Boys and Girls Clubs - member of the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs of Great Britain|
|UK||Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales - member of the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs of Great Britain|
|Canada||Yukon Food for Learning Association|
|USA||Out of the Garden Project (Greensboro, NC)|
|USA||Foodbank (Bridgewater, NJ)|
|USA||Cleats for Kids (Oklahoma City, OK)|
|USA||Our Kidz United (Oklahoma City, OK)|
|Australia and New Zealand||Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation|
|China||China Children and Teenagers’ Fund (CCTF) - 中国儿童少年基金会|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups|