Carillion Construction builds a difference in the community
“Making tomorrow a better place” is the strap line of Carillion plc, an integrated support services company with an annual revenue of £4.4 billion and employing 40,000 people globally.
The major part of their work is construction and having seen the work of the Windmills Foundation’s Smile £10 challenge they thought it would be a great idea to use this model as part of Carillion’s community liaison work in the North East of England.
Making tomorrow a better place
Carillion prioritises its community liaison and CSR responsibilities.
As major construction projects take place e.g. “Building Schools for the Future” they take the opportunity to build closer community links as part of their CSR agenda and bringing their values to life in order to “make tomorrow a better place”.
Jane Braybrook, Community Liaison Manager, Carillion Construction UK thought it would be a great idea to liaise with the Windmills Foundation (click here to find out more about the Windmills Foundation) to explore how the model of the Smile £10 Challenge (click here to understand more about the Smile £10 Challenge) could be utilised as part of Carillion’s community liaison with schools in the North East of England.
Jane was invited by the Windmills Foundation to shadow the work they were doing within Sefton as part of bringing their values (click here to find out more about Windmills values) of “giving” to life and working with schools in the borough to implement the challenge.
Jane got involved in the capacity building days for the teachers, taking part in a challenge herself and began to explore how Carillion could take this model back to the schools in the North East.
Windmills developed a tool-kit of resources (click here to find out more) for use by organisations and schools who wanted to use the Smile £10 challenge model and Jane became their first guinea-pig, trying the tool-kit out as it was developed.
Supported by the Foundation, Jane used the tool-kit with fifty pupils from Harton Primary, South Tyneside and Tilery Primary, Stockton on Tees. These pupils were further supported and mentored by their local secondary schools (Harton Technology College and North Shore Academy) with some fantastic results.
Harton Primary had a variety of projects which included: holding a tea party for local elderly people in sheltered accommodation, producing a booklet for dementia sufferers of old photos of the area, making 10 bird boxes erected in the local area (cut by apprentices from Carillion Training Services Sunderland) and holding a raffle which raised £120 for the mothers and toddlers group who were in desperate need of art materials.
Tilery Primary held a bake sale to raise extra money and have produced collage pictures for the local nursing home, pot plants to be donated to elderly people in the area, plant tubs for outside their school and boxes containing toys and art materials to be donated to the local children’s ward and children’s home.
Jane said “the project has been a resounding success, the children have loved doing their bit for the community and have realised that a little money can go a long way. They have honed their entrepreneurial skills and learned a great deal about the needs of their local community”
She went on to say that Carillion had benefitted too as the following priorities proved the business case for this type of involvement:
- Supporting education
- Engaging with the workforce of the future
- Engaging with young people to develop social reasonability
- Strengthening client relationships
- Raising the profile of Carillion within the local communities
Jane has shared her experience of the Smile £10 challenge with other community colleagues with a view to extend this further within Carillion.
Get in touch if you would like to find out more about how your organisation can utilise the Smile £10 Challenge. (Link to email contact)
(Click here to also see a short film of the Windmills Foundation Smile £10 challenge in Sefton)