Educating the Community
"It is our policy to maximise all aspects of community benefits wherever we are working. By bringing together experiences from other schemes, we have the ability to share information and ideas ensuring community events and initiatives are utilised to their full potential.” - Sarah Harwood, Community Initiatives Co-ordinator
We work with our clients to educate the communities in which we work, whenever we can.
On our of our initiatives involves presenting to residents about energy efficiency and the simple measures that they can take to help reduce their domestic fuel bills. This has been particularly useful with the recent hikes in energy prices.
We have also developed a unique health and safety educational programme to keep children on the right side of the site hoardings and safety barriers. Our Community Initiatives Team work closely with school head teachers, education authorities and of course the children themselves.
Our programme includes:
- Delivering safety awareness presentations to school children of all ages on the hazards associated with construction sites.
- Involving children in the safety signage process with design competitions forming part of the safety awareness presentations. Importantly all entrants receive a certificate of participation for their efforts with the winners receiving anything from book tokens to art and craft sets and seeing their signs being professionally enlarged onto site sign boards for use on our site compound hoardings.
- Part of our initiative also sees the donation of high viz vests to promote ‘walking buses’ especially during the winter months and litter picking teams to promote environmental awareness.
“The initiative has gone down very well with the children and the message of safety on building sites has been very useful especially with half term approaching.” - Mr Greenhalgh, Head Teacher, St Peter & St Pauls Primary School, Rishton
The safety and welfare of children in any area we work is always one of our main concerns.
By working together, our Health and Safety Advisors and our Community Initiatives Team follow our 'School Initiatives Strategy' ensuring we provide health and safety presentations to staff and pupils at local schools to promote safety on construction sites.
Children are invited to try on various items of protective clothing, for example helmets,masks, safety glasses, gloves and hard hats.
We undertake many energy efficiency schemes for housing associations and local authorities. These will usually involve insulation, replacing windows and external rendering.
As well as the actual contract works, we also carry out presentations to residents about what additional measures they can take themselves to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and so reduce their domestic utility bills, as well as being pro-active for the environment. Our blog posts give useful information about this and such topics as making the tank of fuel in your car go further.
You can view one of our handy energy efficiency leaflets here.