A community focused programme
Helping people and improving our local community is vitally important to us, which is why we run a diverse and hugely successful CSR programme.
We do this in many different ways:
- Working with local schools and colleges
- Co-founding community interest company, Building Futures Together
- Supporting local events and community activities
- Providing financial assistance to sports clubs
- Supporting our chosen charities
- Running G&H Apprentice Training Academy
We support three charities:
- Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association
- Prostate Cancer UK
We set an annual target of £15,000 with staff and suppliers getting involved to raise vital funds.
Activities include family walks, race nights, dragon boat races, bike rides, quiz nights, 5-a-side football, golf days, an inflatable 5k, Total Warrior and Tough Mudder challenges, tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks and the National Three Peaks as well as our Pay To Play darts, table tennis, shuffle board and domino competition held in our End of the Week bar.
The G&H Apprentice Training Academy was created to give young people the chance to gain practical, hands-on experience and learn in our purpose-built in-house centre.
We support apprentices through their four-year training, teaching new skills, taking them to site, mentoring and helping them forge fulfilling careers while complementing their academic learning at Leeds College of Building.
Each year we take on circa 20 apprentices covering M&E and traditional construction-related trade skills.
For more details please click here: Apprentice Training Academy
Community Interest Company
Building Futures Together is a community interest company that we co-founded to help youngsters who are losing their way or are unsure of what to do when leaving education aged 16. The work also helps schools communicate with pupils who are hard to engage with.
Sessions are held in schools and in our Apprentice Training Academy to give pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 the chance to try construction. Building Futures Together organises work experience and apprenticeships with a view to ultimately forging lifelong careers in the industry.
More details can be found by clicking here: Building Futures Together
Working in schools
With a long history of working in education facilities, we take the opportunity to explain to pupils the building services we install – especially sustainable technology – by holding special learning sessions so they get to see the practical side as well as the theory.
An example is explaining to youngsters of Monk Fryton C of E Primary School how ground source heat pumps warm their classrooms as they watched giant machines drill 100 metres into the earth to install the technology.
For more details please click here
A wide-range of support is given to help local community groups every year.
As well as funding, we also provide equipment, materials, time and labour.
Examples include supplying 12 state-of-the-art walkie-talkies to allow volunteers to communicate during Pudsey Carnival and fabricating fencing so we could install a defibrillator at Swinnow Lane Community Centre.
Leeds Rhinos is one of the biggest clubs in the world of Rugby League and our sponsorship allows us to provide funding that ultimately helps its charity, the Leeds Rhinos Foundation. This delivers projects in the heart of the community to make a lasting, positive impact on peoples’ lives.
Rodley Cricket Club
Rodley Cricket Club is another local sports club that promotes participation among young people that we are delighted to support. We are the shirt sponsors for the under 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15 sides helping raise vital funds for the club’s grassroots teams.
Farsley Celtic Girls Football Club
Farsley Celtic Girls Football Club is a thriving team giving girls the chance to play and improve their footballing skills. We are the long-term shirt sponsors of the girls’ under-13s team and have funded various pieces of expensive equipment for the club as it goes from strength-to-strength.