Building Better Futures
We work at the heart of local communities around the world and have a responsibility to ensure that our work improves the quality of people’s lives.
We support local communities through our role as a major employer, by taking part in and supporting organisations and activities that aim to improve social cohesion and inclusion and through contributing to charitable causes.
Balfour Beatty’s Charitable Trust, part of its Building Better Futures community engagement programme, has donated £2 million to help over 20,000 young people suffering from disadvantage across the UK, since its inception in 2009.
Building Better Futures is focussed on three themes:
- Young people’s employability and employment
- Helping the most disadvantaged young people in society
- Health, sport and wellbeing.
A major part of Building Better Futures’ funding is generated by the energy and creativity of our employees, who undertake many and varied fundraising activities in support of the trust. For every £1 they raise, Balfour Beatty matches it with another.
The Prince's Trust
Through Building Better Futures we have funded the Prince’s Trust in a number of ways
- Over 750 Prince’s Trust Development Awards
- Community Cash Awards, enabling over 1,000 disadvantaged young people to enhance their confidence levels providing training courses to help people gain employment in the construction sector.
Building Better Futures has also supported the adoption of over 300 hard-to-place children and funded creative therapy for more than 50 young people with challenging learning problems through the UK’s first children’s charity, Coram.
In 2013, we extended our partner network to include Barnardo’s. We are providing funds to support four of their Training, Skills and Employment Centres which help young people on the margin of the education system to find a way forward in their lives.
Other charitable initiatives include Our Parklife which provides training and work experience to disadvantaged young people in the five London Olympic Boroughs, in association with our long-term contract to manage the Olympic Park.
We have also worked with Action for Children since 2007 using the money raised to fund accessible play equipment in 14 disability projects, enabling disabled children to enjoy the opportunity for recreation and learning through play. We have also funded days out for over 5,000 young carers and bought over 500 items to help young people leaving care to furnish their homes.