GIY are really proud of our employee wellbeing programmes. We want to use them to inspire food empathy, a deeper understanding of food and health that comes from growing. Food empathy can act as a platform to a happier, healthier, more sustainable life for everyone. We have seen the difference a food growing workshop, programme or competition can make in a workplace. We can inspire and support workforces of any size to really connect with their food, their health and the health of the planet.
GIY@Work programmes range from simple workshops and canteen wellness events , season-long food-growing programmes, competitions and challenges. The main programme types are:
Supports available from GIY include starter packs, raised beds, seeds and tools, planting plans, growing guides.
GIY collaborates with some of Ireland's best workplaces on wellbeing programmes;
Diageo have created a beautiful GIY Garden at the iconic St James’ Gate site in Dublin.
Energia ran an internal workplace wellbeing competition “Get Energia Growing” as a boost to workplace morale in its offices and call centres, leading to some of the funniest team names in GIY folklore.
Heineken ran a “Star Growers” competition at its Dublin and Cork sites amongst employees, even the ones on the road grew in coffee cups in their cars.
"Very positive feedback, our staff really enjoyed the workshop and lots of people sowed some seeds on the day. We still have the pots on our desks, it's been good fun competing with each other for the best looking peas and cress! I would encourage any company to host a GIY workshop. It was a great opportunity for some fun for the team while also being informative and genuinely interesting."
- Sinead Casey at The Journal.ie
“The success of our company relies on having a healthy, happy workforce. Staff are really motivated and happy to be involved in the GIY programme. It’s a fun, engaging programme, that is bringing people together across departments and helping them to develop a deeper understanding of where their food comes from."
- Des Whelan, Owner at WLR FM
“Diageo is committed to maintaining a productive and happy work environment. We are delighted to see the St. James’s Gate GIY Garden take shape. This is an important initiative for us in terms of empowering our employees to improve their health.”
- Angela Smith, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Diageo