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Work in construction?
In times of financial hardship?
The B&CE Charitable Trust is here to help
Needless to say, health and safety is a top priority for the construction industry.
As an active supporter of health and safety initiatives, the Trust is happy to consider applications for grants in this area.
The Trust supports groups with a focus on workers’ health and safety, ensuring they can live and work in a safe environment.
It works in partnership with trade unions, federations and other organisations, such as Mesothelioma UK, who deal with occupational health and safety initiatives in the building and civil engineering industries.
Next: Who we partner with
Name: Soo Brizell-Hogg, Head of Employability
“Shekinah is a charity that has been supporting vulnerable people across Plymouth and Torbay for over 20 years with recovery from homelessness, drug addiction alongside ex-offenders. We help people gain control and purpose in their lives. We offer early intervention support and services through our drop-in centre and provide support for every individual to achieve the goals they want including accommodation, training, employment, health and wellbeing.
We’re also an accredited training provider running employability programs for those we support. These consist of training, skills and volunteering opportunities through commercial contracts that we have. We want to make sure that our services really reflect the needs of the community. We’re here as a team to really help people move forward with their lives.”
The Mowlem Award is an annual scholarship given to organisations that demonstrate achievements in training or the promotion of health and safety in construction. It furthers the work of the RI Beck Trust – a charity set up in 1983 by the construction company, Mowlem. The RI Beck Trust was pleased to extend it’s scope and join with B&CE’s Charitable Trust to support their shared aims and objectives.
On winning the Award, Soo Brizell-Hogg, said: “Shekinah feels very proud to be associated with B&CE first and foremost. To be the first beneficiary of the Mowlem award is really very special for us.”
“The funding will make a huge difference and will be used to help transform people’s lives. We have a social enterprise that focuses on developing practical skills in painting and decorating and maintenance. The clients who volunteer with the enterprise benefit from practical skills development and enhanced employability skills as well as peer-led support.”
“My two first steps are to use a small amount of the money to promote what we’re doing. More publicity will bring greater access to opportunities. More work for us means more jobs for the people that we’re trying to help.
Secondly we wish to use the funds to unlock employment opportunities; to give you an example, we had a fabulous young woman who came through Shekinah. She started as a volunteer and we helped her gain NVQ Level 1 in construction skills and then a CSCS card. We were able to support her through an initial work placement at Mi-Space for four weeks and now she is self-employed working alongside one of the subcontractors for Mi-Space itself. We enabled her to sharpen her skills to a point that allowed her to work.
Currently we have a gentleman with us who is working part time, with a young family and we’d like to be able to offer him more. With this funding, we’ll be able to offer him a twelve month contract, which will make a huge difference to him and his family.”
“A breath of fresh air – really fabulous. My communication with B&CE has been friendly, supportive and energetic and reflects the B&CE Charitable trust as a whole. We’re only a small charity, so by making the process straightforward and easy to manage, B&CE has made such a difference.”
Richard’s a construction worker who by the age of 37 had lost his job, home and family.
Fast-forward one year and life started to look much more positive. Richard put his construction skills and experience to use as a training supervisor for Shekinah and has become a really valuable member of the team.
More on Richard’s story and how B&CE’s Charitable Trust makes a difference – watch our 2 minute video…