Social value

Engaging with the local community.

What is social value?

Social value is the quantification of the relative importance that people place on the changes they experience in their lives.

At Southbay, we define social value as the action we take to improve people’s wellbeing, whether that’s through the way we operate our business or the services we provide. The principles that underpin our approach – supporting the communities we work in and minimising our impact on the environment  – are also driving change across the industry.

Through our Constructionline accreditation we have obtained our Social Value Certificate of Completion. 

Newcastle to Gateshead Marathon

 

On Sunday 5th May 2024 Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd sponsored the Runthrough Newcastle to Gateshead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and Junior’s event. The route followed the Gateshead and Newcastle quayside, which included crossing the iconic Swing Bridge, finishing at the Gateshead International Stadium. As part of our commitment to improving staff wellbeing, all of our staff were encouraged to take part in the event. Thanks to all who visited us at our stand within the event village.

 

 

 

 

 

Southbay have been working in partnership with Tyne Coast College to educate students as to the opportunities offered by the industry in terms of future employment. As part of this, we have also offered a position of employment to an existing student who joined the company in an apprentice capacity, attending 1 day a week at college to study towards a Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery, whilst gaining invaluable experience working across our live projects. In addition to delivering a presentation to the students outlining the role of joinery in civil engineering, we provided a site visit to one of our live construction sites where the students were provided with the opportunity to meet with our General Foreman David Hunter, and Operations Manager Graham Taylor. We look forward to developing our relationship with the college and offering further opportunities to students in the future. Outside of this, we have recently employed an apprentice Site Engineer in Daniel Collins, and Trainee Quantity Surveyor Luca Turnbull.

Tyne Coast College - Apprenticeship Opportunities

Work Placement

Southbay were pleased to offer student Daniel Collins the opportunity to join the company for 1 week of work experience. Daniel was invited to spend time on a number of our live sites, where he was provided with the opportunity to undertake a series of project related tasks. To give Daniel an understanding of the various roles available within the industry, he also spent time with our Health and Safety Advisor.

‘I really enjoyed my work experience and found being on a construction site really interesting. It was great to learn about how things are built and the different role everyone has.’

 

Lighthouse Club

We are proud to announce that we are continuing our position as an official company supporter to the Lighthouse Club charity. The Lighthouse Club is the only charity that provides mental, physical and financial wellbeing support to the construction industry and their families. We look forward to promoting the initiatives of the charity throughout 2022.

Lighthouse Club – The Construction Industry Charity

Herring Girl

Southbay are proud to support the North Shields Fisherman’s Heritage Project, who are currently in the process of raising funds to construct a life size statuette of a Herring Girl. The statuette will recognise the role of women in the fishing industry, where many worked tirelessly to process the thousands of tons of Herring Fish that were once landed on North Shields Fish Quay. For those wishing to donate to this regionally significant project, please visit 

https://www.nsfhp.org.uk/

Christmas Foodbank

We would like to thank all of our staff and clients who contributed to our Christmas Foodbank Appeal. A total of £362 was raised in support of the Newcastle West End Foodbank in addition to a number of food parcels.

Newcastle West End Foodbank | Helping Local People in Crisis

Student Site Visit

Emphasising our commitment to the engineers of tomorrow, Southbay hosted civil engineering students from Northumbria University at our Tyne Dock Enterprise Park Quay Wall project within the Port of Tyne. The day consisted of a series of presentations to detail the project, followed by a site visit. We look forward to continuing this relationship with the university in order to promote the industry and the many exciting career opportunities that exist.

Great North Bike Ride 2021

Following the efforts of our Technical Manager Adrian Haggart and Site Foreman Steve Hancock, we are pleased to announce that over £1000 in sponsorship has been raised as a result of the Great North Bike Ride. The route covers a distance of 60 miles from Seahouses to Tynemouth, with all proceeds going to the Chris Lucas Trust, a charity which funds cancer research into Rhabdomyosarcoma.

Great North Bike Ride – 60 mile sportive in Northumberland

Childhood and Young Adults Cancer Research | The Chris Lucas Trust | England

Lighthouse Club

Southbay are proud to announce that we are now official supporters of the Lighthouse Club charity. The charity provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families. This includes a free and confidential industry helpline to provide advice across the areas of emergency financial aid, occupational health and mental wellbeing, as well as legal, tax and debt management matters. We look forward to working closely with the charity in promoting their various initiatives.
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