A summer of work experience for local young people

A summer of work experience for local young people

Another academic year has whizzed on by and, during that time, we've had the privilege of working with hundreds of new young people.

With the summer holidays just around the corner, dozens of secondary school students have begun descending on our spaces for the opportunity to gain work experience with us and with our local business partners, so it's been a busy month full of new faces and lots of buzz.

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An Olympics-inspired Bug Stadium for Eurostar, by AKSHATA, 17

An Olympics-inspired Bug Stadium for Eurostar, by AKSHATA, 17

My experience of creating a bug hotel, or rather a ‘Bug Stadium’, has been an amazing one. It all started when around one year ago, I was briefed on the Eurostar project: “Come up with a design for an easy-to-maintain bug hotel and be inspired, make it your own!”. The idea my design surprisingly came to me rather quickly after I heard about the installation site’s vicinity to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Why not build a bug hotel based on the design of the Olympic stadium? And hence, the ‘Bug Stadium’ was born.

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All aboard the Eurostar work experience programme

All aboard the Eurostar work experience programme

Eurostar - one of our business partners in King’s Cross, and a key member of the local business community - is working with us again this year to offer our young people work experience focused on customer service. 

The week-long placement gives our young people a complete overview of Eurostar and includes seeing behind the scenes at St Pancras International, looking after customers, experiencing life in head office, working with sales and traveller care at Eurostar’s contact centre in Ashford, getting their hands on the Eurostar train simulator, and – always the highlight – shadowing a train driver on a Eurostar journey.

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Jan 2015: Notes from the Kitchen

Jan 2015: Notes from the Kitchen

This January saw the grand reopening of the Skip Garden Cafe!

The kitchen team have been working hard over the last few months, tearing apart the old kitchen and putting together the fantastic set-up we have now. Since the refurbishment, the kitchen is much better equipped to keep up with the volumes of tasty food to be cooked.

The Cafe may have been closed for the past few months, but our chefs have been constantly busy. We’ve had a stream of events here at the Skip Garden, from evening drinks in the yurt, to sit-down banquets in the 12m polytunnel, where diners can enjoy a candlelit feast, surrounded by beds growing rainbow chard, wild rocket and other salad crops. We hosted toddlers’ birthday parties with pizzas baked in our own wood-fired cob ovens, as well as corporate dinners and drinks, booked by companies such as Eurostar.

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2013

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2013

This was the year that a number of our long cherished dreams came to fruition, in large part through the interest and creativity of our young Generators and the generous support of our business collaborators. It was a big year for all things food related, writes Jane Riddiford

Two of the Generators Melanie and Gabrielle dreamed up the idea of having a Skip Garden cafe over a number of weekends in the Summer. With the support of a mentor from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP a business plan was drawn up and a funding pitch prepared. About the same time, Argent the King’s Cross developers offered to support us to create a food selling hatch that faced out into the public domain behind the Skip Garden which enabled us to keep the kitchen running and food selling during the week. Branding agency Karmarama worked with the Generators to create the identity and marketing materials for the cafe ... laid back and local. 

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Exploring Leadership with Eurostar

Exploring Leadership with Eurostar

Change is a slow and unpredictable thing. Lately I have been paying attention to how others are leading in Global Generation. As Donna Ladkin describes “leadership is a phenomenon, an art we can enact and explore together and support each other to do better”, writes Jane Riddiford.

As I was about to leave the Kings Cross Skip Garden I looked out of the office door, there was Silvia introducing a group of our twilight gardeners to the idea of finding silence in the heart of London.

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Skip Garden Featured in Eurostar's Metropolitan Magazine

Skip Garden Featured in Eurostar's Metropolitan Magazine

Eurostar featured the Kings Cross Skip Garden in the May edition of their magazine "Metropolitan", which is available to all Eurostar travellers.

The article, entitled 'Going up the garden path' appeared in the 'Behind the Scenes' section of the mag which features staff members' favourite locations, what their job role entails, as well as what Eurostar are doing 'behind the scenes!'

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