Social Value and its impact on communities, social housing and the economy was brought to life in a film produced by students at Barking & Dagenham College (BDC) and premiered at GLA City Hall that showcased VINCI Facilities’ Social Value Project to refurbish an outdoor activity centre for under privileged children.
VINCI Facilities, Barking & Dagenham College, Wide Horizons and GLA member Jennette Arnold jointly hosted a reception at GLA City Hall to promote Social Value and provide a venue for the first screening of the film by two BDC students, 19 year old Ahmed Maqsood and 26 year old Pavel Burmistrov. The short film follows the project team led by VINCI but comprising students from BDC and VINCI’s supply chain as they completed the Social Value Project.
VINCI Facilities is a supporter of the Social Value Act (Introduced in January 2013) and the project run with BDC to refurbish Wide Horizons Outdoor Activity Centre in Kent is an excellent example of its commitment. The aim of the Act is to transform the way money is spent on local public services and hence transform lives of the local people receiving those services. Fourteen electrical, plumbing and painting and decorating students from the College took part in the renovations as part of the company’s commitment to work with young people looking to get into the construction industry as well as support social ventures that help local communities.
The principle is that people in charge of putting in place public services (commissioners) are required to think about more than just how to design services and who will provide them. VINCI Facilities works as partners with public service commissioners (its customers) to establish the best way to reach out to local communities.
Supporting the students at BDC and project managing the refurbishment of the Wide Horizons Outdoor Activity Centre is one project and others include creating a centre for ex-offenders in Sandwell, Birmingham and fundraising for pioneering palliative care centre in London.
Tony Raikes, managing director of VINCI Facilities said: “The Wide Horizons film captures exactly what we aspire to in VINCI Facilities – congratulations to everyone involved. We always strive to put the end users of our services first and that means our people make a direct connection with the communities affected by our work on almost all of our contracts. We encourage and empower all of our teams to go the extra mile and the result is some inspiring projects with local people, young, old, the less able and often disadvantage that we hope transforms lives and creates opportunities for everyone. I would also like to thank Josephine O’Connor for her leadership and dedication on this project.”