We see every project as an opportunity to impact positively on the social, economic and environmental prospects of the communities in which we are working. We aim to ensure our clients get the most from their investment and as much as possible remains within the local community.
This is achieved through a range of methods including maintaining a local supply chain, creating local employment and offering work experience opportunities, hosting on site ‘Meet the Contractor‘ events, supporting good causes and local charities, attending and supporting educational career workshops where we showcase the various opportunities within the industry and hosting environmental workshops with schools situated close to where we are working.
Borras always try to enhance the benefits that our business activities offer. Our recent Borras community initiatives include:
- With works in place at Highbury Grove and Samuel Rhodes School, Islington, London, we arranged a donation of £100 worth of food to local charity Look Ahead based at Crisis House. Staff and support receivers were very appreciative of the offering, which they said made a huge difference to the service
- Throughout the year we carry out a number of School Safety Talks to schools situated close to our live sites. We stress the importance of safety and the dangers of venturing onto building sites. This is followed by a Q&A session where children are then selected to try on our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
- We held a Bird Box making day with the local children attending the ‘Summer Holiday Club‘ at Britwell Youth & Community Project in Slough, Berkshire. The children had a great day, putting their creative skills to the test with some very bespoke results. Despite issues with funding, the organisation have done an amazing job to keep the service running, with the help of the local community.
- Whilst we had works ongoing at Icknield Primary School, Sawston, Cambridge, we hosted an Environmental Workshop, where we arranged for each class to take part in a range of activities. The day was enjoyed by all of the children and included the creation of Hedgehog Homes, Bug and Insect Hotels and Seed Planting.
Youth Talk is a confidential counselling service for young people aged between 13-25 years old who live, work or receive education in the district of St Albans and Harpenden.
Borras adopted Youth Talk as a charity partner in 2019. We have a number of events in line to raise money in support of such a well needed local charity.
You can find out more about Youth Talk on their website: http://www.youthtalk.org.uk/
Both the Contract and Site Managers were extremely approachable and professional and always kept us fully informed of both the progress of the build and any possible impact/access issues that may have occurred. Any queries or questions that we had were fully resolved and answered at the earliest opportunity and an excellent working relationship was quickly established between Borras and the Red Cross.
Lynda Dawson – Area Admin Officer
The British Red Cross, Chelmsford
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