Two not-for-profit organisations in the Eastbourne area, WayfinderWoman and Helen Owen Marketing Enterprises (HOME), are to benefit from VINCI UK Foundation financial grants and the assistance of VINCI employees for two year-long projects aimed at tackling social exclusion.
WayfinderWoman will use their grant of £10,000 to transform a disused shop into a hub for cultural and creative industries within a ward that is deprived and made up of individuals from all cultural and religious backgrounds. HOME will use their £8,000 grant to transform a café in Gildredge Park into a training and educational space for the most disadvantaged and underrepresented members of the community.
The renovation projects themselves will provide a number of disadvantaged individuals with the opportunity for training and testing for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. In addition, a number of college students will be given work experience.
Mike Rozier, Senior Project Manager from VINCI Construction UK’s Building division, is the project sponsor and has undertaken to help out on a regular basis by providing advice on the construction projects and helping to engage with individuals on the career opportunities available within the construction industry.
“My team at Eastbourne College Project 150 are delighted to be able to assist WayfinderWoman and HOME on these projects, through the VINCI UK Foundation,” said Mike Rozier. “In addition to the grant we will be seeking to add value through the provision of construction expertise, time and materials from our team and local supply chain. There are some major construction projects underway in Eastbourne and it is a great time to explore the many roles and opportunities that the industry offers.”
Laura Murphy, Chairperson of WayfinderWoman added: “We’re excited to be working in partnership with VINCI Construction UK to help improve employment opportunities through the hub. Not only when it’s finished but also hope that this scheme will encourage women to consider construction as a career.”
Sian Crossland, Director of Crossland and Dudson Training Ltd said: “This is really good news for the people of Eastbourne. We want the café to become a meeting place for everyone that is warm, welcoming and most importantly has toilet facilities! We are thrilled that the VINCI UK Foundation has recognised our cause as worthwhile and look forward to seeing the project take shape.”