Our main contractors have signed up to the national Considerate Constructors Scheme and have also been encouraged to sign up to Cambridge City Council’s Considerate Contractor Scheme. They understand the importance of working well in the community and being a good neighbour.
As part of their work, many of our contractors have also carried our engagement activities within the local community, working with schools, charities and organisations on a range of initiatives, offering workshops, careers and employability training, assistance and direct fundraising. You can view their company profiles from the links to the side and read about the various groups within the communities who they have engaged.
Collaboration amongst the Contractors
Having many contractors working on this project offers a great opportunity for collaborative working. Various initiatives with the community have been undertaken through this approach.
Working with Wintercomfort
Under CRASH, the construction industry’s charity that is helping projects related to homelessness, the contractors worked with Cambridge Wintercomfort - a local charity that supports those with experience of homelessness by offering essential welfare services and social, learning and work opportunities to enable them to achieve their potential. Our contractors have helped to meet immediate objectives and BAM with their team assisted with remedial works to the roof and electrical repairs. The team also worked with the charity for the feasibility of an extension to their building that will enable them to increase their social enterprise capacity.
CRASH Chief Executive Francesca Roberts said:
“As the industry charity, CRASH encourages companies to get directly involved in helping homelessness projects like Wintercomfort that ask us for assistance. This project is a perfect example of what the construction industry can do and shows it at its very best.”
Read more about the initiative here.
Get Into Construction with the Prince’s Trust
Through funding from BAM to the Prince’s Trust, we are delighted to be hosting the first GET INTO CONSTRUCTION initiative in Cambridge. This opportunity provided a five-week placement for young people who are not in education, employment or training with related qualifications, employability skills and a two-week placement as work experience with one of our contractors to start them into a career in construction. Six local participants completed the course and a further five individiuals completed qualifications which enabled them to take up employment with agencies and elsewhere.
Form the Future
Our contractors are working with Form the Future, an organisation that helps students prepare for their future careers. In January, representatives from Wates, BAM, Skanska and Farrans participated together in a Signpost 2 Skills event to promote the construction industry at Anglia Ruskin University which saw hundreds of local school children visiting the different stands for various industries. Further collaborative work is expected to run for school children in the near future.
Supporting Cambridge Children's Charity Week - 6 June 2016
The contactors of the North West Cambridge Development fundraised for a new local initiative, Cambridge Children's Charity Week, which took place in the week of 6 June 2016. The fundraising week was organised by local charity leaders and the Business in the Community Liaison Manager. The purpose of the money raised is to help local children's charities in Cambridge, providing grants for overheads; overheads are necessary costs for these charities but so few donors will support this with a preference for other tangible or identifiable projects or items. This initiative is to encourage businesses to fundraise for a pot of money which is then collected and distributed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. This is the first year that the initiative has run and the organisers hope it will be the first of many. To support the initiative, the contractors will be participating in an inter-lot five-a-side football tournament for their colleagues to watch and donate towards.