£207K FUNDING FOR LOCAL CHARITIES AWARDED TO HELP TACKLE SOCIAL EXCLUSION

VINCI businesses across the UK will collaborate with local charities to help people suffering from social exclusion by fostering community integration and strengthening social cohesion.

As well as providing £207,000 in grants, employees of VINCI businesses will dedicate some of their time to support vital charities in their local areas.

The VINCI UK Foundation, funded by VINCI businesses across the UK, supports groups and charities, which work to tackle social exclusion, foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing. The foundation launched in early 2016, with the aim of supporting social cohesion and providing skilled volunteers.

Grants awarded help charities to purchase or upgrade much needed resources such as tools, equipment or transport and refurbish their facilities, which in turn improves the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society. The grants will also support charities to provide a range of employment training and skills development opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities in catering, hospitality and conference centre management.

I’m happy to announce that this year the VINCI UK Foundation will provide much needed grants and support to a number of local charities. These charities were chosen because of their outstanding work to improve the lives of communities across the UK. I’m very pleased that in addition to our financial support, employees from across VINCI’s businesses will also dedicate their time to support these local charities, in their efforts to alleviate social exclusion.

Ruth Ottley Head Coordinator of the VINCI UK Foundation

For a third year, the Foundation will make a real difference to the lives of the most excluded in society and help to strengthen communities across the UK.

Projects receiving support include:

  • St George’s Knights Powerchair FC – Staffordshire-based charity will receive £9,000 for the purchase of two powerchairs to enable people with physical disabilities to participate in powerchair football; project sponsors from VINCI will help the organisation with budgeting and reporting financial information.
  • The Cathie Stankevitch Foundation – Cheshire-based charity which delivers community projects and initiatives to alleviate the disadvantages and remove the barriers for social inclusion – received a minibus worth £17,490; the VINCI project sponsor will help the charity to deliver on their educational based project.
  • People First Independent Advocacy (PFIA) – a not-for-profit independent advocacy organisation based in Cumbria will receive £10,000 to help build and fit a ‘Hospitality Staff Breakaway Room’; project sponsors from VINCI will provide project management assistance to PFIA.
  • Ty Hafan Hospice – Wales-based charity helping life-limited children and their families enjoy the best quality of life possible and make the best of the precious time they have together- will receive £10,000 towards the installation of LED lights and adaptations to their Memorial Garden. VINCI Sponsors will bring their project management skills to support these projects
  • KidsOut – Bedfordshire-based children’s charity working to bring happiness to vulnerable and disadvantaged children awarded £12,000 toward the purchase of a second hand minivan; project sponsors from VINCI will help the charity with their telecommunication.
  • Pimlico Opera – A charity that aims to use music and drama to advance personal development is running a yearly theatrical production project based in a prison. The charity will receive £5,000 to cover the costs of seating, security and to help build the theatre set; project sponsors from VINCI will assist with building the set and offer skills training and mentoring to the project participants.

Through the Foundation, all VINCI’s employees, from apprentices to senior management, can use their experience and skills to benefit their local communities.

Businesses supporting the Foundation include VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, Freyssinet, VINCI Concessions and Nuvia.

More details can be found at www.vinci-uk-foundation.co.uk.

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