‘Hour Pledge’ for the Alzheimer’s Society
15 September 2016
The Costain Industrial Services team based in Immingham have been helping out a local ‘Memory Café’ for the Alzheimer’s Society as part of the company’s ‘Hour Pledge’ campaign.
The ‘Memory Café’ in Immingham is run by the Alzheimer’s Society, the UK's leading dementia support and research charity. Every fortnight the team help out in various sessions, encouraging those living with varying degrees of memory loss to participate in activities including crafts, painting and gardening.
Employee volunteering is one of Costain’s community focused sustainability priorities for 2016, as outlined in the Company’s Sustainability Strategy. Costain’s ‘Hour Pledge’ campaign asks staff to donate 10,000 hours of their working time to good causes in 2016.
The ‘Hour Pledge’ focuses on supporting local communities using the energy and passion of Costain’s employees, who are entitled to take two paid days of volunteering leave per year to support good causes.
“Earlier this year representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society’s Grimsby branch visited Costain’s Immingham office to explain various ways in which the Company could offer its support. Our workforce was asked to nominate a charity to receive one of the weekly donations, and we unanimously agreed to support the Alzheimer’s Society. It is a charity that is close to the hearts of a number of staff who have family members who are affected by dementia,” said Stewart Prentice, General Manager for Costain Industrial Services.
Recently, the team participated in the presentation of a cheque to the Alzheimer’s Society for £5,357, in a ceremony at Total Lindsey Oil Refinery attended by Sally Flippance, the local Dementia Support Manager, and Chris Smith, Total T&I Manager.
The money was donated by Total Lindsey Oil Refinery, which made a donation to a local charity for each week the site was able to stay free of recordable injuries during a partial shutdown for routine maintenance work in June and July.
Costain Industrial Services employed over 80 people on site during this period, and the shutdown itself had no recordable lost time injuries during the 358,165 man hours worked.
Stewart said: “We are very grateful to Total for their support. Our safety performance is a credit to all involved. Having an incentive to ‘keep safe’ linked to a benefit to the local community is a great way to maintain vigilance and a focus on safety.”
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Costain Communications Department