The Foundation is supported by Actemium UK, part of the VINCI Energies UK group; Actemium employees will volunteer their time to help with work on the project.
Miss Macaroon applied for funding from the VINCI UK Foundation to enable an expansion in their training provision, through the purchase of new fixtures, fittings and furniture. Miss Macaroon makes and sells premium gluten free French macaroons and use the profits to fund a Macaroons that Make A Difference (MacsMAD) training programme for unemployed 18-35 year olds in the West Midlands. This programme provides training and jobs for long term unemployed young people, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds and face many barriers to employment.
The VINCI UK Foundation, funded by VINCI businesses across the UK, supports groups and charities which work to tackle exclusion, foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing. Launched in early 2016, the Foundation is unique in its support for good causes due to its specific focus and provision of skilled volunteers.
Since first hearing about Miss Macaroon, I have been very impressed with its work. In seeking to tackle social exclusion and help people start their careers, it is exactly the kind of charity the VINCI UK Foundation was created to support. I am therefore delighted that the Foundation has chosen Miss Macaroon as one of its charities to support this year.
I founded Miss Macaroon because I wanted to provide opportunities for young people seeking a career and to build confidence in themselves. We provide pastry chef training, work experience, and on-going mentoring for the young people enrolled on our courses, and have helped dozens of young people take their first career steps. VINCI UK Foundation’s support is extremely helpful in funding much-needed new furniture, fittings, crockery, cutlery and serveware. I am also grateful to VINCI’s expertise in construction and fit out works, and in providing interview training to our young people. Without support like this, our work would be much more difficult.
Founder, Miss Macaroon
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 Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Concessions, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, VINCI Construction Grands Projects, Nuvia and Freyssinet.
More details can be found at www.vinci-uk-foundation.co.uk.
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About the VINCI UK Foundation
Full details on the projects receiving support are available on request. For further information and to get involved, please visit the VINCI UK Foundation website: http://www.vinci-uk-foundation.co.uk/
VINCI companies in the UK are committed to supporting the communities in which they work. The VINCI UK Foundation is part of that commitment.
The Foundation will be sponsoring 24 charities’ projects for a total of £207,000. Individual grants range from £3,000 to nearly £18,000.
The original VINCI Foundation was established in France in May 2002 and since then has supported more than 2,500 projects, each receiving an average grant of £10,000 and the support of up to four employees. The Foundation distributes over £3.3 million globally to good causes every year.
Businesses supporting the Foundation include VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, Freyssinet, VINCI Concessions and Nuvia.
Like the original VINCI Foundation, the VINCI UK Foundation will enable our employees to become personally involved in initiatives by using their experience and skills to benefit the local community. The goal is to provide fresh opportunities for people suffering social exclusion by fostering community integration and strengthening social cohesion. This will be achieved thanks to employees’ involvement and the financial help granted by the VINCI UK Foundation.
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About Miss Macaroon
Miss Macaroon is a social enterprise business based in Birmingham. Founded by Rosie Ginday, it combined her passion for premium quality food and for providing opportunities for young people seeking to build a career. Miss Macaroon makes and sells the most modern, premium macaroons on the market, using the revenue generated to fund training for young people on Miss Macaroon’s courses, who benefit from pastry chef training, work experience and on-going mentoring.