We are committed to improving the communities we live and work in.
We work closely with our clients to understand how we can support them in achieving their social value goals.
Just recently we were one of four companies to sponsor a Pop Up Business School held in Sittingbourne, Kent. Led by business experts, the two week event provided free workshops and advice for people looking to set up their own businesses.
On our major new build and refurbishment schemes, we engage with the local schools, providing information about our projects and the importance of staying safe around construction sites. We invite the local school children to participate in 'Ivor Goodsite's' hoarding poster competition (the Considerate Constructor's safety Mascot.) We are delighted that children's designs on our hoardings have been runners up in this national competition on a number of projects. We're still looking to achieve the top prize!
We have provided the resources to carry out many neighbourhood improvement projects, such as refurbishments to community centre kitchens, communal lounge areas, storage units and even a carnival float! Our teams have created gardens at sheltered homes, community vegetable patches and a school’s insect hotel.
On the back of our planned maintenance programmes, we encourage residents to make the most of their newly refurbished rooms through our decorating workshops. Our teams teach the basic DIY skills required to undertake simple tasks in their homes and we provide the equipment to take away and put to use. These events have been very well attended and received. We also attend Resident Fun Days and have supplied children's entertainment in the form of carousels. soft play areas and inflatable disco domes!
Apprentices are an important part of DCB’s company make-up. We work with our clients to ensure we are reaching their communities and join with other building contractors to take part in apprenticeship recruitment days.
We work with TrAC (Training and Apprenticeship Schemes in Construction), to provide training and work experience as part of a shared apprenticeship scheme in partnership with the CITB. We have a Site Technician working with us through TrAC, who is being mentored by our Senior Contracts Manager.
All of our apprentices receive on-site experience, working with our directly employed workforce across multiple trades as well as their own chosen trades so that a wider spectrum of knowledge and familiarity with all aspects of building works is gained.
Demelza House is a charity close to the company’s heart – we have raised nearly £50,000 over the last 9 years through charity bike rides, the official scrapping of surplus metal, participation in the Charity’s fun days and through individual fund raising initiatives. We have also recently started a new fundraising opportunity to support the charity. We are sponsoring a new music venture for Steve White and his band - The Family Silver. A percentage of profit from the new album sales will be donated to the charity. Take a look at the band and their work at www.thefamilysilver.co.uk
"DCB have supported Demelza for over 6 years and their loyalty is invaluable. The staff are really engaged in our fundraising and have supported many of our events over the years, including our 5km run and go-karting events as well as organising their own activities. We are very proud of our relationship with DCB and look forward to continuing our partnership." Donna Wells, Corporate Partnerships Manager, Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
We have won two awards and received another nomination for our on-going support: