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Environment and community

How we add value

We care about our environment and invest in our local community.

How does B&CE add value? At B&CE we engage with our people, customers, members and our stakeholders to find innovative solutions to ensure we create long-term value and sustainable business.

Protecting the environment

Finding ways to have a positive impact on the environment is important to us. Our digital focus helps us – and our customers – reduce our reliance on paper. Amongst other things we save energy by using light sensors and we recycle waste.

Working with the community

Throughout the year we give our time and money to help local charity or community projects. From time spent creating calming environments for local people and wildlife to donating and delivering Easter eggs to children’s charities, we strive to have a positive impact on our local community.

As an organisation we benefit from the wider experiences our people gain as a result of their involvement in community projects.

Tradespeople, suppliers – our community needs your help!

Dormans community centre is much loved but well worn. It’s always been there to help those who need it most.

We want to give something back to the centre, so it can carry on being the heart of the community for years to come. And we need your help with our big renovation project between 24 July and 1 September 2017…

Giving back to our community through Dormans

At B&CE, we love giving back to our local community. And this year’s our 75th anniversary, so we wanted to do something bigger and better than ever.

We heard about Dormans community centre in Gossops Green – how much it gives to the local community and how much the building is in need of renovation.

We want to do all we can to help as a company. That’s why we’re supporting local charity Crawley Community Youth Service (CCYS) to renovate the ‘Dormans Youth Arts Centre’ (or ‘Dormans’ as it’s fondly known). Plus Heart FM are getting involved too – they’re helping raise awareness and appealing for much-needed tradespeople and materials.

There’s a long wish list to give Dormans a decent make-over, including:

  • a modernised kitchen – to help inspire young people to cook and eat healthily
  • a new false ceiling – to keep the centre clean, dry and welcoming
  • a re-modelled art room and soundproofing for the well-loved music studio – to give young people a creative space to express themselves and explore their talents
  • a new games store room
  • new tiling and sanitary ware in the washrooms
  • updated soft furnishings and equipment – and a nice, fresh coat of paint.

But we can’t do it alone – we really need the help of lots of generous tradespeople and suppliers too.

Dormans holds a special place in many people’s hearts.

The groups that meet there not only help to teach life skills to disadvantaged children and people with learning difficulties, but they also provide a safe place to go for those children who can’t always face life at home.

Dormans hopes to enhance the lives of these children and everyone else who visits the centre.

The centre is home to:

  • CCYS youth clubs – providing support for disadvantaged young people
  • 2 clubs for adults with disabilities
  • a pre-school.

Plus it’s a place where fond memories are made for everyone – being used for birthdays, christenings, wedding receptions and community get-togethers.

A new lease of life

We want to breathe some fresh life into the building, giving our children the chance to create their own memories of Dormans for years to come.

Providing a kitchen will help the youth groups teach life skills as well as creating better catering facilities for functions.

And renovating the creative spaces and facilities will allow CCYS to continue and expand the valuable support they offer to those who need it.

Here’s how you can help

If you’re…

  • a tradesperson who can spare any free time to help with the project between 24 July and 1 September 2017
  • a supplier who could help by donating equipment and materials (like kitchens, lighting, furniture, carpets or sanitary ware)

…please get in touch – no matter how much or how little you can offer, we’d love to hear from you.

Simply fill out our registration form on Heart FM’s website. And we’ll contact you directly to arrange everything.

In return, if you want to raise the profile of your company – we’ll feature your logo and a link to your website on this webpage, as well as giving you a special thanks in our project video.

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Heart FM appeal – what we need

You might have heard our radio appeal on Heart FM – they’re keen to help out with this special project too.

They’re helping us to raise awareness of what Dormans needs to bring it back to life, and appealing for much-needed donations – of time from tradespeople and materials from suppliers.

Here’s a list of the tradespeople and materials that are needed…

  • Kitchen fitters
  • Carpet fitters
  • CCTV fitters
  • Electricians
  • Builders (to help with all sorts including removing plasterboard wall in kitchen)
  • Roofers (to inspect and report on the roof condition)
  • Tilers (for the kitchen and toilets)
  • Plumbers
  • Joiners (to make a guitar rack for the music room, box-in lots of pipes, fit shelves, help with external and internal woodwork repairs, etc)
  • Professional decorators (to work with B&CE staff volunteers)
  • External landscapers (to inject some life into the smaller grass areas around the perimeter and carry out a few maintenance tasks)
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen appliances (including a range oven that works for all different levels of cooking – and 3 under-counter fridges plus an under-counter freezer)
  • Kitchen flooring
  • Sanitary ware (including toilets and sinks)
  • Tiles for the kitchen and toilets
  • Ceiling tiles and 2 x bulkheads
  • Partition wall
  • Fire Doors (to go with partition wall to make a store room for games equipment)
  • Shelving
  • LED lights (needed throughout the building)
  • Carpet
  • Soft furniture (commercial rather than domestic as needs to be hard-wearing)
  • Meeting room furniture (including table and chairs)
  • Coloured blinds
  • Soundproofing for the music studio rooms
  • Signage (also looking for donations of external interchangeable sign boards – preferably glass-fronted)
  • CCTV equipment (ideally a CCTV expert to review old equipment and possibly provide some new cameras/recording equipment)
  • Printer(s) for the computer room

Please do get in touch if you think you can help with any of these.

Follow the project

The big community renovation project will take place from 24 July to 1 September 2017.

We’ll be posting photos and updates here as the renovation happens – so watch this space…

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