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Michelle Mahmood, Crédit Agricole CIB London winner of the 2017 Helping Hand

| 06.08.2018 | Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Following the previous interviews of the 2017 Helping Hand, discover our interview of Michelle Mahmood,Crédit Agricole CIB collaborator in London and supports The Food Chain, a charity that ensures people living with HIV in London can access the nutrition they need to get well.

1- What is the purpose of the charity you presented?
The Food Chain exists to provide emergency food and nutrition support services to enable people living with HIV to get well, stay well and lead independent and healthy lives.
2- What is the nature of your involvement in the charity?
I began supporting The Food Chain about 8 years ago when the service was about delivering hot, nutritious meals into the households of people living with HIV.  My role was to deliver the meals – a very rewarding part of the chain!  Nowadays, our service users require a slightly different type of support and so we host twice-weekly “Eating Together” sessions where a dietician gives a talk on a particular nutrition topic, we all eat a healthy lunch together, and our service users have a safe environment in which to network and find support with each other. Once a month, I go along to such a session to play “host”, which means I mainly make cups of tea and chat!
3-  What the Solidaires money will be used for?
As an example, the cost of purchasing the ingredients to provide a nutritious, two-course lunch for an Eating Together session works out to be £4 per person.  It means that the money received from the Helping Hand initiative has helped feed 1000 people!
4- What have you learned from your participation?
Although I was aware of the Solidaires programme, I had underestimated the value of the contribution and CA-CIB’s real willingness to support their employees with their chosen charities.  What I like most about the work that The Food Chain does is that it brings people together, some of whom can feel quite isolated, and so we all get that sense of community and involvement in real lives. Attending the Helping Hand presentations made me very proud both as an employee of an organization which recognizes the importance of such community spirit, but also to work amongst a number of fabulously dedicated people who donate their time and effort to some wonderful causes.   
Crédit Agricole CIB launched the “Solidaires By Crédit Agricole CIB” program in 2013 to encourage public interest activities undertaken by its employees. Through “Helping Hands” (Coups de Pouce Solidaires), the program provides financial support to the NGO and charity projects in which employees are involved. Find out more here.