48 Community Groups around the world have benefitted from support by Saint-Gobain in 2018 – on average receiving £34,000 each according to Saint-Gobain’s Social Foundation Annual Report.
The Foundation focusses on helping people who are at risk, unemployed or have poor access to quality housing.
Mike Chaldecott, CEO of Saint-Gobain in the UK & Ireland said: “We’re delighted to support projects around the world including here in the UK & Ireland. Projects that are supported by our Foundation are focused on one of two important areas. Firstly, those that help with the construction or refurbishment of healthy, attractive and eco-responsible homes for deprived and socially excluded people. And, secondly, projects that train and provide leadership for young adults in challenging circumstances with the aim of teaching them a trade and helping them into the world of work.”
“One of the most important aspects of the Foundation”, continued Mike, “is the fact that all projects submitted have to be supported by a current or former employee of Saint-Gobain. This condition encourages our colleagues to get involved in and support local community charities”
The Foundation has supported four recent projects in the UK & Ireland.
2019: £29,000 to Play and Recycling Centre [PARC] in Derby to provide materials? for the refurbishments of their community hub which serves the needs of marginalized people in Derbyshire.
2016/2017: £43,000 to Barnardo’s for the development of Building Hope House in Crystal Palace to provide accommodation and development for young people leaving the care system.
2015/16: £99,400 for the Princes’ Trust to construct The Wolfson Centre in Glasgow to help support, develop and train young people.
2014/15: €100,000 for the Peter McVerry trust to refurbish six apartments to provide a home for homeless people in Dublin.
The support given to projects by the Saint-Gobain Foundation support is in addition to Saint-Gobain’s partnership with Barnardo’s to support young care leavers.
The full latest Annual Foundation Report is available through the link below.