A dedicated 'Parent Room’ has been created in Solihull's Bodyshop 3, with the aim of supporting new parents returning to work.
The first of its kind at Solihull, the room provides a safe, private space for expressing milk.
Paul Preece, Manager Body Technology had been approached by an employee returning to work after Maternity Leave, asking if they could have a safe private space to express milk for their new baby.
Realising there was not a dedicated space, Paul took on the challenge to support colleagues and make Solihull more inclusive. Paul reached out to Julie Rahman on Solihull's HR team, who worked with the central D&I team and Solihull Inclusion Council to make it happen.
Thanks to Paul, Julie and the team, there is now have an official Parent Room at Bodyshop 3 adjacent to the main entrance, featuring comfy seating and a new fridge to make the space practical and comfortable to use.
Lauren Price, a colleague from Body Shop 1, was pleased to hear about the facility and commented, ‘I was blown away by the change to the room. There were some lovely touches like the new fridge and comfy chair as well. I wasn’t expecting anything like this.’
Julie said, “The job of the Solihull Inclusion Council is to make fast, tangible changes to the Solihull employee experience, so we were delighted to be able to get the project implemented so quickly. Paul did a fantastic job pushing the project and he deserves a huge amount of credit for helping to support new parents here at the plant.”
Going forward, Solihull’s Inclusion Council will continue to liaise with parents returning to work to see if there are further requirements for Parent Rooms across the site.