Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Bangor firm create secret bird garden for school children

How the garden looked after its dramatic makeover

An educational ‘secret’ bird garden tucked into the grounds of Clandeboye Primary School has been opened in Bangor.

The scheme was a partnership between pupils at the school and staff at Bangor call centre, Teleperformance.

The partnership came about as a result of the contact centre’s support for Business in the Community’s Give and Gain Day, a nationwide employee volunteering event.

The principal and staff at Clandeboye Primary School identified an unused plot of land at the school which was in disarray and that they felt could be transformed into an exciting and educationally important outdoor ‘eco-classroom’.

The children briefed the team from Teleperformance on what they would like to see and kept a careful check on work as it progressed. And it was up to the call centre staff to make sure their children’s vision was delivered.

The employees, led by project manager, Michael Rooney, launched into the raising just over £3,600 for the project with dressdown days, collecting and selling old mobile phones and a massive tray bake sale.

School Principal Paul McKenna said: “We are delighted to have benefited from Teleperformance’s investment of their employee time and funds raised to create this beautiful bird garden, replacing a part of the school which was, to be honest, never the prettiest.”

Teleperformance employs 2,000 people at its contact centres in Bangor and Newry.

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