Flintshire County Council’s contractors delivering significant benefits for local communities
Kier’s development of the Adult Day Centre in Queensferry has not only provided Flintshire residents with a high quality Learning Disability day care and opportunity hub, but through their ethos of corporate social responsibility, Kier has also generated wider social value benefits for the local community, economy and environment.
A recent report submitted to Flintshire County Council stated that over a 2 year period, constructing a £4.1 million project had enabled the creation of an additional £3.5 million of social impact, economic and environmental benefits. This includes 13 over 16 year olds benefitting from work experience, 6 new starter apprenticeships and 5 adult opportunities created, 600 pupils benefitting from schools and college visits and 25 training days held. In addition Kier Construction organised an event at Coleg Cambria to provide practical employment support for ex-forces personnel and attended the annual Careers Fair at Elfed High School to offer pupils an insight into a career in the construction industry.
Peter Commins of Kier Regional Building North West, said:
“At Kier, we commit to creating wider value for people and communities in everything we do. We work hard to have a positive social impact and are thrilled we have been able to leave a lasting legacy for the people of Flintshire during the delivery of the Adult Day Centre in Queensferry.”
These achievements of Kier are welcomed by Flintshire County Council which is encouraging the contractors that it works to adopt a ‘social value’ approach, in order to generate a positive impact on the County’s residents, communities and Flintshire’s economy.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Assets with responsibility for Social Value, Councillor Billy Mullin, said:
“We applaud the positive contributions that Kier has made alongside the construction of a top class care centre for Flintshire residents. The Council is committed to working with our contractors to support them in their efforts to deliver well-being social benefits. This is highlighted by our recent appointment of a dedicated Social Value Officer who will be supporting Flintshire staff and contractors to maximise the opportunities to generate social value and community benefits.”
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, said:
“This new facility reaffirms the Council’s commitment to quality services, investing money in critical services, despite the current financial difficulties being faced by all local authorities. I am proud that Flintshire County Council continues to support our most vulnerable residents.”
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