Blackpool, once called THE seaside resort on the Irish coast and known for its Pleasure Beach, amusement park, and Illuminations but now more commonly referred to as the seaside resort without a sea, and the home to relentless hen parties.

Picture the scene on a random Thursday afternoon at Blackpool North Train Station… which of your Capgemini colleagues would you expect to run into? Not our Chairman Christine Hodgson I presume!

So as you can imagine, I was slightly surprised to meet Christine on my way home from my client.  I felt the need to make sure it actually was her and went up saying “I am Gesine from Capgemini” as though Capgemini stood for one of those sororities called Delta Gamma, Kappa Sigma, etc. She remembered me –we’d met at a Networking Event a couple of weeks earlier– and explained that she had visited a school in Blackpool. The rattling sound of the Blackpool trains impeded the exchange of further relevant information but I realised it must have to do with Christine’s commitment to a number of educational social projects.

My assumption proved to be correct and the riddle was entirely solved the next day when I discovered this article. The more I read, the more I was impressed with the work Capgemini and Christine are doing. This particular initiative (Primary Futures) focuses on schools in marginalised coastal areas who are struggling for their primary pupils not to become demoralised by high unemployment rates later in life. We support them by sending role models like Christine to speak about the importance of success in school to professional success later in life. This is invaluable social work hopefully inspiring others to get involved as well. Not necessarily up in hen-party heaven aka. Blackpool, but I am sure there are many other ways to get involved and to go the “extra mile” not only for our clients, but also for people in need.

In fact, I might just sign up to get involved in some social work now! 

Author: Gesine Ludke is the author of this blog and works as Consultant at Capgemini Consulting UK in the team of Operational Excellence (Performance Improvement). Besides currently working on a project with a client based in Blackpool, Lancashire, she enjoys engaging in volunteering work in her spare time. The last social project that Gesine got involved in dates back to spring 2015, when she helped a refugee settling in his new home country by teaching him German (this was in Germany) – Hence, it’s about time for Gesine to get involved in volunteering work again she reckons. Find Gesine on Linkedin.