Nuclear engineering contractor Nuvia, part of the VINCI group, has announced new partnerships with two local charities to help people suffering from social exclusion.
As well as providing financial donations via the VINCI UK Foundation, employees will give up their time and expertise to support good causes in their area.
The VINCI UK Foundation, funded by VINCI businesses across the UK and Ireland, supports groups and charities which work to tackle exclusion, foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing. Launched in early 2016, the Foundation is unique in its support for good causes due to its specific focus and provision of skilled volunteers.
Grants awarded help charities to purchase or upgrade assets such as tools and equipment or ICT and facilities refurbishment, which in turn benefits some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Near its Cheshire headquarters Nuvia is partnering with Blue Apple Veterans, a Warrington-based charity supporting military veterans. The charity will receive c. £18,000 from the Foundation to purchase a new vehicle and sponsors from Nuvia will support the project using their marketing and project management expertise.
Mark Smith, Founder of Blue Apple Veterans, stated: Many veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder struggle to be around people or in busy environments, which can contribute to them being socially excluded. That’s why we’re delighted to receive this grant from the VINCI UK Foundation which will improve our transport offering and allow us to reach more veterans. We’re also looking forward to accessing Nuvia expertise to help with our marketing drive to raise awareness of the charity.
Elsewhere, Maryport Amateur Boxing Club (ABC), close to Nuvia’s Westlakes office in Cumbria, will benefit from technical expertise from Nuvia’s project managers along with a grant of £10,000 to kit-out new changing facilities as part of their gym extension programme.
Darren Martin, Chairman of Maryport ABC, said: The support from Nuvia and the VINCI Foundation is fantastic news and will ensure our project can be completed successfully. This facility will not only benefit members of the Boxing Club but will also massively improve opportunities for the local community to take up regular training and improve their fitness within a deprived area with no sporting facilities.
Partnerships commenced in September 2017 and will last for an initial period of 12 months.
Keith Collect, Nuvia CEO, commented: Nuvia is delighted to be part of the VINCI UK Foundation, making a real difference in communities across Britain and Ireland. I’m confident the support provided by Nuvia’s staff, combined with the generous funding grants from the VINCI UK Foundation, will hugely benefit Blue Apple Veterans and Maryport ABC and we look forwarding to developing our partnerships throughout the course of the year.