It’s been a real privilege to support charities and good causes across the UK and Ireland over the last year, and I’ve enjoyed hearing about the incredible work these organisations and the partnerships our employees are forging.
The goal of the VINCI UK Foundation is to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in communities all across the country. It does this by supporting groups which foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing.
The best thing about coordinating the Foundation is working with other companies in the VINCI group. It’s a nice feeling to know that we all want the same goals.
I think it’s important to highlight some of the brilliant projects we’re supporting this year, all of which are playing a crucial role in strengthening their communities.
One project we’re supporting this year is the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC). The centre acts as a vital safe space for refugees coming to the UK and a place where they can receive support in integrating and settling in the community.
The Foundation is providing CRMC with £5,000 to help refurbish their new site. As part of the support, volunteers from our nearby business unit will help CRMC to source and use the most cost-effective and environmentally sustainable materials and equipment throughout the project.
Solihull Children’s Special Needs Association (SCSNA) is another charity we’ll be working with this year. VINCI Energies is helping deliver upgrades to a specialist play centre for disabled children, providing them with a safe and stimulating environment. We’ve awarded £10,000 to SCSNA to help bring the project to fruition.
We’re also supporting ARC Healthy Living Centre, providing £10,000 of funding to help transform the catering facilities and electricity network at their community centre. I’m really looking forward to seeing the great work being done at ARC and how our assistance and volunteers can help to address health inequalities and boost community integration in the area.
With the VINCI Foundation, our employees are empowered to spend time working with projects that are important to them by using their experience and skills to benefit the local community.
Over the last year, I’ve found it incredibly rewarding to work with Coventry Cyrenians, a charity which offers temporary housing, support and training to people who lost their homes mainly through bad debt and other social difficulties.
I particularly liked the time when a number of us went to the Cyrenians near to Christmas and we all packed boxes for homeless people in the city. It was a wonderful experience to do such a rewarding thing as part of a team. It was a real feel good factor for me, and it really helped to build a sense of community for the people using the service.
At the VINCI UK Foundation, we understand how damaging social exclusion can be to communities around the UK. That’s why we are donating over £190,000 in grants to a total of 24 projects across the UK and supporting people across our network in giving their time to partner with projects close to them.
Ruth Ottley is the VINCI UK Foundation Coordinator and also a Company Pension & Secretary Administrator at VINCI Energies UK & ROI.
You can find out more about the projects being supported by the VINCI UK Foundation here