1 March 2018

From painting a community hall and raising funds for the elderly to helping a food bank collection and clearing a river– Sheffield employees working for council contractor, Amey, are making their mark in more ways than one, in communities across the city.

Throughout the UK, Amey encourages its staff to use one paid day per year to support a community initiative of their choice – one that generates environmental, educational or employment benefits.

Random Act of Kindness Day is a national initiative taking place throughout February, but in Sheffield, over the past year, Amey employees have rolled up their sleeves to engage in a number of projects including:

  • Heeley City Farm – painting a community hall, renovating a tractor and improving disabled access;
  • Burncross Action Team – helping to clear debris and plant greenery;
  • River Stewardship Company – removing invasive Himalayan balsam, litter, debris and silt from the River Don;
  • Rotherham and Sheffield Wildlife Trust – helping to clear scrub on heathland at Wyming Brook Nature Reserve;
  • AgeUK Sheffield – Raising money through a raffle, cake sale and quiz for Amey’s local Charity of the Year.
  • Trussell Trust food bank collections – collecting food donations for residents in the Burngreave area;

Working in Sheffield at the heart of the £2.2bn 25-year Streets Ahead programme to resurface roads and pavements, repair bridges and replace street lighting on behalf of the city council – Amey workers will continue their volunteering over the next year.

Cabinet member for Environment and Street Scene at Sheffield City Council, Councillor Bryan Lodge said: “It’s fantastic to see Amey employees dedicating their time to supporting local communities.

“There’s lots of charitable work going on in Sheffield and we’re proud that our contractors are taking an active role in various projects, using the skills and expertise that they require for their day jobs.

“A little can go a long way and, in some cases, projects that previously didn’t have the resource, have now been completed to a high standard, thanks to Amey’s dedication.”

Tom Venn, Amey HR Business Partner, said: “We encourage our employees to participate in charity and community projects and provide each with one paid day per year to support an initiative of their choice.

“It is part of our ultimate aim of creating sustainable communities and working with our customers, partners and suppliers to maximise long-term benefits for the wider community.

“In Sheffield, the sterling efforts of our employees are making a difference for a range of community organisations.”

In November, a team of employees painted a community hall at Heeley City Farm. The room is used for a range of activities such as cooking and baking, drumming for adults with disabilities and a communal area for local children.

Julie Blacker from Heeley City Farm said Amey workers had done “such a great job. The space looks so much cleaner and brighter. It’s amazing and I can’t thank you all enough for all of your hard work.”

Brenda Hind, Chair of Burncross Action Team also thanked the Amey team for arranging a community work day, saying: “It’s been just brilliant and made our most difficult task a breeze.”

With 19,000 employees across the country and 608 based in Sheffield, the company’s community engagement adds up to more than 160,000 hours of community volunteering for the benefits of UK charities and other not-for-profit organisations.

To find out more about the Streets Ahead highway improvement programme visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead