On many projects of this nature, we put in place a Community Benefits Champion. Their role will include;
- Identifying community projects, schools, voluntarily organisations etc. from within the area that we are currently working in.
- Invite applications from those organisations for our assistance. It could cover a wide range of assistance from us providing some labour to clear community areas, providing a skip to assist in the clearing of an area, putting in a kitchen in the local community centre or upgrading facilities
- Approach our supply chain for them to donate any required materials.
Examples of the Community Benefits we provide:
R&M Williams Ltd works within the client’s requirements and provides the following, focusing on promoting opportunities for most deprived areas, young people and the long term unemployed;
Contributions to Education
- We work with local schools and colleges and provide work placements for children and students, aiming to encourage careers in construction and building maintenance to young people. We target the most deprived areas of the local project area, in an aim to boost the local economy
- We volunteer at local school events
- We carry out visits with primary schools to engage with younger children. Our Health & Safety managers regularly carry out H&S talks with local school children, to remind them of the dangers of playing on or near building sites or active work areas.
- We also provide services to local schools in terms of refurbishments or landscaping to improve facilities
- Landscaping and building services support to general communal areas
- Support for local youth groups and other community groups – we provide refurbishment services or even provision of materials and goods that would benefit the groups
- We also create community newsletters to inform local people about the works that we are undertaking but also letting them know about the improvements we are making in terms of local employment and community benefits
Previous examples of where we have engaged with the local communities include:
- Full Refurbishment of the Externals to St Phillips Community Centre, Swansea – R&M Williams supplied all the paint and labour free of charge – the value of these works came to £6,000 – we have received many thank you cards and well wishes from the community committee and its users and the works have made a real bene-fit to the group
- Within every Sheltered Housing Scheme that we have worked on, we have supplied and fitted the communal kitchen area free of charge
- We have also carried out refurbishments to toilets at a local community hall for Mawr Community Council
- Sponsorship of Birchgrove Rugby Club 2017/2018 Season
- Donation of Roofing Materials to CREST (Cwmbwrla Day Centre)
- Donations of paint and materials to many organisations including local school, shel-tered accommodation, nursing homes
- Performing of free redecoration and supply of paint for the Latch charity at the Childrens Hospital for Wales
We also provided building materials for Swansea Fire Brigade – as well as waste building materials including hardcore rubble which they used to produce a rubble pile for the Urban Search and Rescue team to train in demolition and explosion environments. We have recently worked with Coleg Morgannwg, a local college in RCT. We worked jointly with the college to hold a training day. Students were demonstrated painting and decorating techniques and were provided with opportunities to participate. The day was held to educate students on various trades, and to encourage their entry into the construction industry.
For Newydd Housing Association, we held a stall at their ‘tenants Open Day’. We supplied all residents with information about R&M Williams, and also held a raffle. Some of the prizes were donated by our suppliers, and we also donated vouchers and prizes. The client’s aim of the day was to ask tenants to complete a profiling questionnaire. We incorporated this into our raffle and gave a free raffle ticket to each resident who completed a questionnaire. The client expressed that they had the largest response in years to this kind of event and the information they had collected would be of great benefit.
At Fairview Court for Bron Afon Community Housing, we recently completed the refurbishment of a 12 storey tower block where upon completion of a new sky lounge, we donated computers and printers to an area within the sky lounge that was established as an ‘Internet Cafe’ for local residents. For those, that did not take part in this form of recreation, at ground floor we provided tools and equipment for the residents newly formed gardening club. This now allows them to improve their environment and reduces Bron Afon’s maintenance costs.
On Penarth Pier, during the Enabling Works, we provided 19 x 2 week placements for Apprentice Carpenters from Cardiff & Vale College who received on-the-job training. They also made memorial crosses from the maple floor for Charity SAMA 82 ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War. We also provided:
- 4 x 4 week work placements for students from Cardiff & Vale College.
- 1 x 13 week work placement for local bricklayer.
- Over 4356 trainee hours during 46 week period.
Additional community engagements during the Penarth Pier contract included:
- We worked with Vision 21, who are a company who provide training and work opportu-nities for people with learning needs. We provided opportunities of work on site, col-lecting maple from the old dance floor and reworking the timber to be used within the building.
- Supporting Penarth Sea and Angling Club by sponsoring their annual angling competi-tion.
- Open Days held during the works – where general public could view the ongoing works. During these events, funds raised for Vision 21, Welsh Guards Walk Around Wales, RAF 617 ‘Dambuster’ squadron, Macmillan Cancer and the RNLI.