Volunteer wins award for her game

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A SHEFFIELD woman has been presented with the ‘Cares volunteer of the year’ award for creating an innovative way of raising positive awareness of cultural diversity among school children.

Eileen Lewis created the Capita Chocolate Challenge, which she used with 225 children in five Sheffield schools.

It uses different chocolates to represent diversity and teaches children that it is important not to make assumptions about people based on appearances.

Deputy regional director of Business in the Community, Jo Crossley said: “Around 69 per cent of students mentioned either that the activity was the one they enjoyed the most or that they had learned how to respect people.”

Ms Lewis works within Capita’s local government partnership with Sheffield Council.

The Cares awards event, which was hosted by ITV Yorkshire news presenter Gaynor Barnes, celebrated the positive impact of volunteers and businesses on their communities.

Cares is the Business in the Community’s national campaign to engage employees in their communities through volunteering.