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Let's focus on you - Make Yourself at Home week 1

Let's focus on you

 
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In 2020 we launched Make Yourself at Home to support you through the first wave of the pandemic. Now the series is back, we want to hear from you. Tell us your needs, and we'll use your feedback to design support for colleagues in the coming weeks.

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Georgia’s on top

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The recent 2020 Student Accommodation Awards saw Student Living by Sodexo's Georgia Hastie receive Highly Commended for this year’s Unsung Hero Award. Based at Northumbria University, Georgia plays a pivotal part in Student Living’s success on site and as a Hidden Hero has helped the team go from strength to strength.

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Around the world in 80 days

Around the world in…77 days?

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In September, Sodexo’s Integrator Property Management team set off on a virtual adventure to exercise their way around the world in 80 days and raising money for Stop Hunger and two colleague nominated charities. The team made good time completing the 23,184 miles on 23 November with just three days to spare!

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FareShare van with Sodexo livery

Individual actions make a big difference

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Sodexo colleagues' Stop Hunger support has seen the Foundation able to make a donation of £84,000 to FareShare, helping the charity's doubling demand this winter. As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to affect the most vulnerable, we’re asking everyone in Sodexo to carry on supporting the Foundation where they can.

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A spook-tacular success

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The BIG Sodexo Quiz returned to haunted mansions across the region last Thursday (29 October), raising money for Stop Hunger and its charity partners in a Halloween-inspired event. For the third time in 2020, more than 250 Sodexo colleagues dialled into the online quiz, raising a garishly ghoulish £1,100 on the night to support good causes.

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Sodexo shines a bright light

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For the third consecutive year, Sodexo colleagues supported Focus Ireland's annual Shine a Light Night to help raise awareness of homelessness, and some much-needed funds to support the charity's services

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Make Yourself at Home

What to do if you just can’t Make Yourself at Home

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Even before Coronavirus (Covid-19), more than nine million people in the UK - almost a fifth of the population - said they were “always or often lonely”, but according to the British Red Cross, nearly two-thirds felt uncomfortable admitting it. With a possible further stretch of employees working from home for six months or more ahead, it pays to know how to take action.

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Make Yourself at Home

Have you made yourself at home?

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With the UK Government once again issuing guidance to work from home where possible, it looks as though home working is here to stay for some of us for at least the rest of 2020. Take this opportunity to re-cap the practical advice given by Sodexo’s in-house experts over the past six months.

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Let's get back together

Make yourself (back) at home

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Last week, we heard that people should, once again, start to work from home where possible. It’s the news nobody wanted to hear, but will hopefully help us pave the way to a world without Coronavirus (Covid-19). Following the UK Government's announcement last week we take the time to get up to speed with the latest guidance for Sodexo’s (usually) office-based employees.

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Let's get back together

Location, location, location

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Working in a split-team, spending some of your time in the office and some at home, may feel like the hokey cokey, but it doesn’t have to make you dizzy. This week, we’re offering tips for our teams on maintaining a balance, both from an emotional wellbeing and a team working perspective.

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Let's get back together

The even newer new normal

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Now some of our central offices are re-open ready for colleagues to return to, our daily / weekly routine is changing once again after spending the last five months adjusting to working from home. From remembering your ID pass to preparing food for the day ahead, we asked ten colleagues who've used our central offices since 1 September to share their experience.

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Let's get back together

Let's get back together - sharing our survey results

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In our recent survey, we asked you to share your thoughts and feelings about returning to using our central office spaces. 636 Sodexo colleagues came forward with valuable information about how you see yourselves using the office, and what support you need. Discover what your colleagues had to say.

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Let's get back together

A shared space is a shared responsibility

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As we re-open some central offices on 1 September 2020, the behaviour of our peers and leaders holds one of the top spots on the list of things that will help colleagues feel safe when returning to work - find out what you can do to play your part

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We're splitting up... for the right reasons

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On 1 September 2020, some of our central offices will re-open. In this edition of Let's get back together, we share an overview of split-team working with guidance so that you can get used to the changes.

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Let's get back together

It's time to open up

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With some of our central Sodexo offices due to re-open from 1 September 2020 for colleagues who were based there pre-Coronavirus (Covid-19), we take a behind-the-scenes look at what our Property teams have been doing to ensure Sodexo colleagues feel safe.

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The Techsplorer

Release your inner tech guru

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Do you think O365 is the next bus to Ormskirk? Does cloud computing leave you in the rain? Never fear, The Techsplorer is here! This week, in the final chapter of our Make Yourself at Home mini-series, we're offering up hi-tech hints and tips on some online tools to help you every day.

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The Security Sleuth

Your home security is not mission impossible

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In this penultimate episode of our Make Yourself at Home mini-series, where we seek the advice of our subject matter expert colleagues, we introduce you to the home Security Sleuth. Their version of ‘lockdown’ is an elaborate seven-step procedure applied every time they leave the house. Windows closed? Alarm set? Infra-red laser beam system enabled? Check...

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The Titchmarsh

Get your gardening gloves on

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In chapter four of our mini-series on hobbies and habits from around the home, we get our hands dirty with The Titchmarsh. We have headed out into the garden to brave the great British weather in search of this green fingered guru.

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The Tinkerer

Have you been a lockdown tinkerer?

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In the latest chapter of our Make Yourself at Home mini-series - focusing on the habits and hobbies that have emerged through lockdown - we turn to The Tinkerer. Are you a pro with plaster or a DIY disaster? With our in-house experts, we have you covered.

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The Clean Machine

Are you a clean machine?

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In our new series of Make Yourself at Home, we focus on the habits and hobbies that have emerged through lockdown. With the help of our in-house experts, we’ll provide top tips on matters that affect us all through the eyes of six characters. This week it’s the turn of The Clean Machine. Struggling to keep the home tidy whilst you’re spending so much time in it? This one’s for you!

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The Savvy Saver

Which Make Yourself at Home-r are you?

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In a new series of Make Yourself at Home, we focus on the habits and hobbies that have emerged through lockdown. With the help of our in-house experts, we’ll provide top tips on matters that affect us all through the eyes of six characters. The first is the Savvy Saver. Dabbling with deals and discounts, they’re sure to get the most out of every penny and cent.

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Keep connected with your team

Keep connected with your team

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In the first chapter of our Make Yourself at Home series, we shared tips and tricks for making the most of technology to work flexibly. Three months on, we recognise that maintaining inter-team connections has become more challenging, as we try to make sure that working relationships are still effective, and that no-one feels isolated.

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Redefining community

Tackling loneliness and isolation

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Coming to terms with isolation and loneliness featured in the top three challenges faced by homeworkers in our recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) employee survey. It’s a challenge shared by many, and it’s rooted in our basic needs, so what can we do to overcome it?

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#TheBigCareShare

Join #TheBigCareShare

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Many people are taking on more challenges and responsibilities as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), including caring for loved ones. In this week's edition of our Make Yourself at Home campaign, we speak to Raj Jones, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, to discuss how conversation can strengthen Sodexo's support for you as a working parent, carer or parent-to-be.

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How are we doing?

How are we doing?

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) employee survey. The survey highlighted three main challenges those currently working from home are experiencing, so in this instalment of our Make Yourself at Home series, we explain what we will be doing over the coming weeks and also give you the opportunity to review the resources already available to you.

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Let's get social

Let's get social

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With many of us still physically distanced from our colleagues and loved ones, how do we truly stay social and keep connected to the groups and communities that matter to us most? In this edition of our Make Yourself at Home campaign, we explore the online world of social media and how, when used safely, it can help bridge the social gaps we are all currently facing in one form or another. 

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In the kitchen with David Mulcahy

In the kitchen with David Mulcahy

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With more people than ever reportedly cooking their meals from scratch, David Mulcahy, Culinary Ambassador for Sodexo UK & Ireland, wants to help colleagues with their food frustrations.

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Breaking the silence on IDAHOBIT

Breaking the silence on IDAHOBIT

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This year we're celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 20 May 2020 with a day of activity, including wearing purple to show solidarity and a Sodexo webinar featuring region chair, Sean Haley and Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Margot Slattery.

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Being kinder to yourself

Being kinder to yourself

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With temporary home-working looking to extend into the not-so temporary for thousands of Sodexo colleagues, the novelty may now be starting to wear-off. While plans are underway to help our clients become ready to rise again, our own reality may remain the same for some time.

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The BIG Sodexo Quiz

Raising BIG money for Stop Hunger

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On 6 May 2020, over 500 Sodexo colleagues dialled into ‘The BIG Sodexo Quiz’ raising more than £3,000 for Stop Hunger, supporting charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust.

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Take a break

Take a break with Matt Dawson

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Many people think that finding time for a break is easy, but when working from home, we can struggle to find time for ourselves that benefits both our bodies and minds. In this week's instalment of Make Yourself at Home, we explore how you can plan to get the most out of your valuable break time, including some tips from Sodexo Ambassador Matt Dawson.

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Dress for your day

Dress for your day

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What you decide to wear at home when working can have a massive impact on the way you think, how you process information, and definitely the way you feel. In this week's chapter of our series of tips for home-workers, we explore some of the ways you can positively adjust tomorrow's working from home #OOTD (Outfit of the Day).

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Keep learning

Keep learning

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At a time when all of our working lives are changing in one way or another, now is the perfect time to engage in Sodexo's learning opportunities, increasing self-confidence, your mental wellbeing and ensuring that we are ready to go when the (Coronavirus) Covid-19 crisis ends.

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Keeping compliant at home

Keeping compliant at home

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Make Yourself at Home is our series aimed at supporting our colleagues who are currently working from home. This week, we look at ways in which you can continue to work in a compliant way, maintaining our high standards of personal data protection and information security.

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Make a space

Make a space

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Makeshift offices are now becoming something of the norm as many people are adapting to working from home. Challenges like sharing home office space and learning to work in a new environment can be difficult to overcome, which is why we are sharing some quick and easy ideas you can put in place to improve your daily working experience.

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Ask for help

Ask for help

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Make Yourself at Home is our series focusing on colleagues who are now finding themselves working from home for the first time. If you're working from home for the first time, remember to ask for help when you need it.

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Let's get connected

Let's get connected

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Where able, colleagues across the UK and Ireland are working from home – on either a part or full-time basis. While some people are used to working from home, others are logging on away from the office for the first time. See how you can stay connected.

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Your Lucky Number

Mel wins big with Your Lucky Number!

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On 2 March Mel Hart, administrator at Queen's Hospital in Romford, was announced as the winner of a one-off, increased Your Lucky Number top prize of £2,020 to welcome the new year.

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Well done to our WasteLESS warriors

Well done to our WasteLESS warriors

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Congratulations to the Sodexo team at Microsoft as they are crowned winners of WasteLESS Week 2019 who worked hard to fight waste with their client to across their Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) locations.

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Change is coming to Northern Ireland

Change is coming to Northern Ireland

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Recently it was announced that same sex marriage will become legally recognised in Northern Ireland – Sodexo’s Julie-Ann Agnew tells us how this will change her future.

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Disability and Quality of Life survey

Living with autism - Grant's story

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Until Wednesday 2 October, Sodexo is hosting a Disability and Quality of Life survey in partnership with PurpleSpace. This week we share the story of Grant, a commercial analyst at an IT company. He has autism.

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A story of achievement through adversity - Jamie's story

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As part of our public survey, open to everyone in the UK with lived experience of disability, in September 2019 we are sharing personal stories from members of the PurpleSpace network - an organisation of disability inclusion experts.

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A life changing disability - Simon's story

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Throughout September 2019, Sodexo is hosting a Disability and Quality of Life survey in partnership with PurpleSpace - an organisation of disability inclusion experts. This interview shares the experience of Simon, a business analyst at a British financial institution.

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A story of invisible disability - Lorna's experience

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Throughout September 2019, Sodexo is hosting a Disability and Quality of Life survey in partnership with PurpleSpace - an organisation of disability inclusion experts. In the first of a series of interviews with members of the PurpleSpace network, we chat to Lorna.

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Chinese New Year 2019 - Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year 2019 - Year of the Pig

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In February 2019, millions of people across the world will be celebrating one of the biggest festivities of the year - Chinese New Year. Discover more about this Chinese tradition and see how it is celebrated across the world.

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2018 Stop Hunger Global Activity Report

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RED, the Stop Hunger Global Activity Report 2018, pays tribute to several of Stop Hunger's inspiring and sustainable initiatives.

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Celebrating Navratri

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Hindus around the world have been celebrating the sacred Navratri festival, which ran from 10 to 18 October 2018.

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Celebrating Black History Month

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In celebration of Black History Month 2018 in October several of Sodexo’s key locations came together to create a menu for a lunch to remember, combining decorative displays, mouth-watering food and toe-tapping music to fantastic effect during pop-up theme days.

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STOP THAT TROLLEY!

Stop that trolley!

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A trolley full of sweet treats made its way around Sodexo’s contract at Coty in Bournemouth during Stop Hunger Day 2018, raising over £90 for the cause.

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When Steve Henry decided he wanted to raise money for two charities close to his heart, he could have easily baked a few cakes or ran a half marathon.

Husky ride helps hospice

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When Steve Henry decided he wanted to raise money for two charities close to his heart in 2018, he could have easily baked a few cakes or ran a half marathon...

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Don't skate on thin ice

Over the festive period, did you check your mulled wine wasn’t too hot to drink? Or take a trolley to pick up the big Christmas food shop, instead of straining to carry a heavy basket? These are simple risk assessments we all make in everyday life to keep ourselves and others safe. Yet we sometimes forget to apply the same at work and keep up-to-date with crucial HSEQ changes.

 
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Mental ‘elf’ comes first

In December 2020, we encouraged everyone to put their mental ‘elf’ front and centre by taking part in Festive 5 – our regional festive Stop Hunger fundraiser. With your support, the activity collectively raised more than £2,700 that will go towards helping those most vulnerable within our local communities.

 
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Start the New Year as we mean to go on

Back to work but feeling a bit out of sorts? It can take a while to get back into a work routine after a break, but be sure not to let safety take a back seat and help us to avoid the January 'bruise'.

 
A thank you from Stop Hunger
 

A big thank you from Stop Hunger

Over the past year, the kindness of you and your Sodexo colleagues was seen once again in the many donations, fundraising activities and volunteering hours contributed to Stop Hunger's charity partners, enabling them to support those most in need through the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. To bring your impact to life, watch a special thank you video from the Foundation's charity partners.

 
New Reward Hub coming soon
 

New Reward Hub coming soon

We recognise that everyone is unique and have designed our rewards package and wellbeing, community and recognition programmes to better support your quality of life.  From January 2021, you’ll be able to see all your Sodexo Rewards in one central place – the new Sodexo Reward Hub, built for you – with easy login.

 
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Getting to know your new EAP

On 1 December, Sodexo launched its new wellbeing offer to colleagues, Talk. Central to this host of tools and services is a new employee assistance programme (EAP), provided by Vita Health Group.

 
Making a difference to young people YMCA
 

Making a difference to young people

New volunteering opportunities are now available on the Stop Hunger Goodness Platform, including a virtual Christmas messaging service supporting YMCA. With more than 9,000 residents supported by YMCA over the festive period, the anonymous messaging service lets vulnerable young people know that there are people that truly care.

 
MasterChef Paul Hood
 

Paul’s (literally) a MasterChef!

It has been revealed that Paul Hood, a development chef for Sodexo's Heritage Portfolio has been selected as one of 32 contestants for the new series of MasterChef The Professionals. The 34 year old can't reveal too much about his time on the famous show, but hopes he brought the company's food values to the silver screen.

 
10 top tips to fight fatigue this winter
 

10 top tips to fight fatigue this winter

Are you struggling to get going in the morning, or are you hitting a wall of fatigue in the afternoon? As shorter days and cold, winter nights start to draw in, we take a look at how what and when you eat impacts your energy levels - for better and for worse - with these top tips from David Mulcahy, our Sodexo Culinary Ambassador.

 
 
Shout it out!

Shout it Out!

With 36,000 colleagues in the Sodexo UK & Ireland region, we know there are lots of you out there doing great things. And, we’d love to share your successes across the business.

Share your good news - this could be a contract win, client or customer praise, service innovations, or just great people doing great things!

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