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SES aids three key charities


Three key charities which support the wider local community in the York area, recently received a helping hand by teams of volunteers from leading national engineering specialist, SES Engineering Services (SES), as part of the business’ nationwide ‘Reshaping Tomorrow’ week. York Carers Centre, The Conservation Volunteers and Restore were all chosen by staff from SES to benefit from the initiative.

Making a return visit to York Carers Centre, which provides support for carers throughout York, across three key categories – adult, young adult (16yrs-25yrs) and young carers (8yrs-18yrs) – SES’ volunteers converted and renovated an under-used office to create a quiet space for staff to work and carers to deliver one-to-one sessions with their clients.

Working with The Conservation Volunteers, an organisation which supports the local council and charities with conservation activities, over 25 SES employees braved inclement weather to dig out paths, lay foundation matting and barrow more than 55 tonnes of limestone gravel to create a beautiful woodland walk, on a stretch of the River Foss, close to Monks Cross Shopping Centre.

Staying with an outdoor theme, working on behalf of Restore, a charity set up to provide homes and support for people in York who would otherwise be homeless, the volunteers transformed a resident’s garden to create a useable outdoor space and a place to relax.![]

Commenting on SES’ valuable contribution and its return visit, York Carers Centre’s office co-ordinator, Sarah Lewis, said: “SES employees have offered their services once again to the Centre during their annual ‘Reshaping Tomorrow’ week, they have extended on their hard work of last year and given an underused room a new lease of life, increasing the Centre’s capacity to provide confidential one-to-one support for carers and added flexibility to the staff for quiet working. This transformation adds significant benefit to increasing the number of carers supported by the Centre, and also provides a further extension to the professional image SES helped us to achieve when they worked for us last year. We are extremely thankful for this continued support.”

The importance of the initiative was clearly demonstrated when the Group’s Chief Executive, Andrew Davies visited both the York Carers Centre and The Conservation Volunteers project.

These volunteer projects form part of ‘Reshaping Tomorrow’ week, a national programme that coincided with National Volunteers Week. Throughout the week the business’ employees donated their time to help local good causes.

Speaking about the volunteer’s desire to help, SES’ Business Director North, Steve Joyce added: “Once more, our employees have shown their willingness to support a number of very worthy organisations. People underestimate the value of outdoor spaces and the important part the environment plays in everyone’s wellbeing. I’m delighted that so many SES employees respond each year with such eagerness and a strong desire to support community projects of this type”.

‘Reshaping Tomorrow’ is the Group’s framework for sustainability and centres around five core commitments; to support people, communities, buildings, footprint and behaviours.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Leigh Chelton .

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