The team at Edge Structures takes CSR very seriously not only in the way that we carry out our professional duties but also in the contribution we make to the community at large and to the environment. We believe that environmental considerations to make a positive impact through our work should be a given as it should for all businesses. Where we strive to make a further difference is through our link with key charitable organisations where we use our skills not just as engineers but as human beings to have a direct impact on improving the lives of others. We believe in giving our time and money to benefit others and the following are just some of the ways in which we do this.
C4WS – Camden Winter Night Shelter
Homelessness is a real problem in London and beyond and can strike people from all countries and all social backgrounds. Winter night shelters have been established across London to provide emergency shelters through the coldest months of the year. They typically operate in churches on a rolling programme so seven churches at a time will each open their doors to referred guests to provide a warm dry place to sleep, a hot meal, friendship and where possible a shower. The team at Edge Structures has volunteered since 2013 for the period leading up to Christmas staffing a venue in King’s Cross for the evening, night and morning shifts, providing and cooking the food, making the beds, talking and playing games with guests, staying overnight then serving breakfast and clearing away in the morning. This work is remarkably rewarding as we make friends with people whose lives we see changing for the better and is a great way of building a stronger team ethos within the office. To find out more about the shelter visit www.c4wshomelessproject.org or investigate similar shelters in your area.
The Oasis Girl’s Home, Guatemala
Houses girls who have been subject to physical / sexual abuse from an early age in this beautiful but impoverished country. The charity that runs the home employs teachers, psychologists, social workers, house mums and support staff in a holistic operation that seeks to rescue and heal the girls while also pursuing the abusers and reuniting families where this is possible. Our link with the home started in 2013 and in addition to providing some financial support some of our team joined a trip to work there in 2014, 2015 and 2017. We can offer our practical skills as the entire complex has been constructed by volunteers and we can also be good role models to girls whose trust needs to be rebuilt. Building relationships with the girls and staff at The Oasis has been a key objective in building this link and we are committed to supporting the project for many years to come. Please visit http://www.hopeforkids.co.uk/guatemala or http://www.kidsalive.org/around-the-world/latin-america/Guatemala
Only Connect – creative crime prevention
We first came across Only Connect when they occupied an building behind our office and sought our assistance in connection with set loadings and constructions to support their productions. OC mentors, coaches and trains young offenders and youth at risk to provide them with opportunities in the creative arts, to build community and self esteem and to give hope for a better and more constructive future. The charity has an excellent track record of reducing offending rates and building bridges between what most would have considered divided and separate communities. We are proud to have provided practical support to Only Connect and look forward to finding ways of dong more in the future.http://www.onlyconnect.london
Student Work Experience, Careers Advice & Training
Edge Structures is committed to giving opportunities for young people who wish to find out about careers in civil and structural engineering. Every year we offer work placements for school students where we work hard to give a real taste of what it is like to work on live engineering projects.
We also support engineers from our team to give talks at schools, colleges and universities to explain about their role as an engineer, how that fits within the construction industry and what paths are available to find work in similar roles.
Building on an existing relationship with a school in West London, we are now looking to create an opportunity for a school leaver to join us at 18 and continue part time studies while training as an Engineering Technician.