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KBM North News Issue 7

INSIDE

THIS ISSUE

• Kier North Tyneside complete their first community challenge

• Kier East Durham sponsor football tournament

• Kier North Tyneside donate energy saving light bulbs to tenants

• Compliment Corner

July 2011

Hero in North Tyneside Terry Latimer of Kier North Tyneside was one of the war heroes in North Tyneside that have been honoured for serving their country. An event was held on Monday 20 June as a tribute to the borough’s military veterans, and they were also presented with badges commemorating their service. It was organised by North Tyneside Council, with help from the borough’s veterans’ committee, to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June. More than 30 veterans attended the event at the council’s Quadrant headquarters in North Shields. Mayor Linda Arkley, one of those there to honour the veterans, said: “We owe these people so much, and North Tyneside Council is delighted to be able to pay tribute to those brave men and women who have served in her majesty’s armed forces. “The lapel badge and presentation ceremony is our way of showing how incredibly proud we are of our veterans and the service they have given to this country.” Retired major Bill Campbell, chairman and treasurer of the veterans’ committee, added: “Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the entire nation to support our armed forces community. “The recent conflict in Afghanistan has already claimed the lives of four people from North Tyneside, and this ceremony is the least we can do to honour those who are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.”

If you have any stories or questions relating to this newsletter please contact regional communications lead Gemma Sanderson: 0191 643 7823 Gemma.Sanderson@kier.co.uk

Terry Latimer, pictured, was presented with a badge.


Kier unveil a New Community kitchen for Wallsend Boys Club Wallsend Boys Club have opened the doors to the new community kitchen at their new site on Rheydt Avenue. Kier North Tyneside have turned a disused storage area into a Community Kitchen from which the youth club will sell teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes on match days raising valuable funds for the many activities that the Wallsend Boys club provide for the young people in local area. The challenge carried out over a weekend has have provided new kitchen cupboards, new cooker, flooring, paint, wall tiles and Kitchen equipment and volunteers from Kier North Tyneside and Wallsend Boys club staff and parents worked side by side to provide skilled and unskilled labour to help successfully complete the kitchen. Mike Furze said “We are delighted with the outcome, everyone has enjoyed working with the volunteers from the boys club and we are extremely pleased with the help from our local supply chain partners such as

Northumbrian Tiles, Tynemouth Decorators and All Floors who have all wanted to help make the transformation. We had over 30 volunteers helping out with the challenge over the weekend and Greggs provided food to keep all the helpers energised KBM North have committed to carrying out 4 community Challenges per year. three will take place in North Tyneside and one in East Durham.

Steve Dale Wallsend Boys club Chairman said: “We are thrilled with the end result and I’m very pleased that we now have a kitchen on the site, the club would have struggled to have provided these facilities without the help of Kier. Everyone has enjoyed the community spirit and working hard over the weekend and on behalf of the young people in our club I would like to thank Kier North Tyneside for all their hard work.”

Better Health at Work KBM North are taking part in the regional Better Health at Work Award scheme aimed at improving the health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce. The award is important in working towards the businesses overall Safety Health and Environment drive. As part of this scheme our health advocates are working to help address the issues that are important to you. Kier North Tyneside have been running a weekly walking club which has proved really popular and are also sending out a weekly healthy recipe and have provided healthy eating guides for all sites. Look out for things happening across North Tyneside and East Durham. If you would like more information please contact Allison Jones in North Tyneside on 0191 643 6935 or Denise Timney in East Durham on 0191 587 6184.


Kier Lights Up Tenants’ Homes Tenants in North Tyneside are set to benefit from reduced electricity bills thanks to a donation of 8,500 energy saving light bulbs by Kier North Tyneside as part of an initiative to promote energy efficiency amongst the council’s 16000 residents. Kier North Tyneside donated the bulbs while carrying out repairs and maintenance works in conjunction with the council’s better homes department. The aim of the donation was to help reduce tenants’ energy bills and offer tips on leading an environmentally friendly lifestyle to the residents of North Tyneside. Energy saving light bulbs use up to 80 per cent less electricity than a standard bulb but produce the same amount of light. In turn, using less electricity results in properties producing less carbon dioxide which is one of the main causes of climate change. According to research from the Energy Savings Trust replacing all the bulbs in a property could reduce household electricity bills by £50 per year and up to £390 over the lifetime of the bulbs. Mike Furze, said: “Energy saving light bulbs are an extremely inexpensive and easy way of helping our residents to cut their energy bills while at the same time doing their bit for the environment. We work closely with communities to promote environmentally friendly behaviours and we hope that by donating these light bulbs we can help promote energy efficiency among our customers.” In addition Kier North Tyneside donated 200 bulbs to the Salvation Army to be given away to its service users. The bulbs were donated to Kier North Tyneside

by the Monkseaton Rotary Club, one of 68 clubs in the north east of England and part of a worldwide service organisation of around 1.2 million people in more than 200 countries. The club’s aim is to give service to those in need, whether in local communities or abroad. Club President, Jim Coulthard said, "my members have been particularly impressed by the helpful attitude of Kier's management and staff and I hope that we can work together again, in future, under our Environment Improvement Programme with the distribution of free energy-saving devices".

Joe Chater hands over energy saving light bulbs to Bob White following his refurbishments.


Well Done! To the contact centre staff who raised £300 pounds for cancer research and £300 for Princess Ellie Trust for by running lots of fundraising activities at Easter. These included an Easter Bonnet competition, Easter Egg Decorating competition and a raffle.

Congratulations! To Rachel Hook who married John Sanderson on 15th July at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland on Friday 15th July. We wish them both all the best for the future!

Kier Ambassadors...

In order to fulfil our ongoing commitments to Corporate Social Responsibility we have developed a ‘Kier Ambassador’ scheme in which individuals will commit to attending a minimum of 3 events per year with schools or in the community. Our Kier Ambassadors have been given training on what to expect from schools, some presentation skills and CRB clearance where required. Kier Ambassadors will be A tenant from Fern Avenue would like to thank

Chris Downey for the excellent job he carried out at her home. Nice one Chris!

instrumental in building relationships within schools and the community and in raising the profile of Kier and the

Mr Burns would like to thank Kier for the improvements made to his home, staff named in the note were Jackie, his liaison officer and site manager Ray. Well done guys!

construction industry. The team have already attended a Careers Day at Western Primary School in Wallsend and are looking forward to future

Mr Howe of Ripley Avenue would like to thank

opportunities.

Michael White who dealt with his over flowing drain

Contact Terry Hanlon on 07875

in an efficient and professional manner and

995 309 for more information.

commented that his customer service skills were second to none. Well done Michael!

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