Case Study 009

ENGIE: Leeds City Council

ENGIE are committed to delivering Social Value in communities where we are contractually working. As part of the ongoing works, ENGIE have been taking part in local community initiatives and providing employment and training opportunities for local people.

Partners: Leeds City Council
Location: North Leeds
Date: March 2019

Overview

In October 2018, ENGIE signed up to the Care Leavers Covenant (CLC) which the Department of Education commissioned Spectra First to roll this out. The Care Leaver Covenant (CLC) is part of the government’s keep on caring strategy to support people leaving care to become independent.

  • Apprenticeships
  • Work experience
  • Free or discounted goods and services

All support given through CLC will help care leavers to make a transition to independence. This ranges from CV training to accommodation for care leavers in higher education.

As well as offering work placements, mentoring, and apprenticeship roles, ENGIE recognised the need to offer some sort of practical support. We are leading on a pilot with Leeds City Council with regards to engaging with Care Leavers and through volunteering support to care leavers properties and are running 12 to 15 projects over 2019.

We completed our first (DIY SOS) project in March 2019 for a care leaver called “Katie”. Katie is 18 years old and was matched with a Leeds City Council property in North Leeds. This was a one bedroomed flat.

The project was total redecoration of this property so we sent our qualified painter across to the property and he completely re- decorated the flat by paint we had also donated. As such, the flat was ready for Katie to get new carpets fitted throughout some two weeks earlier than she had planned. We are delighted to say that Katie has moved into this newly refurbished flat and is absolutely delighted and enjoying living there.

Key features

  • To engage and inspire
  • Promote the construction industry
  • To provide advice and support

Outcomes

This pilot was recognised by The DfE as ENGIE were presented with a Certificate as a Sector Based Champion recognised by the Government. This was presented to Claire Preston, SV Manager by Nadhim Zahawi, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families on behalf of The Department of Education.

“I can’t thank ENGIE enough for giving my flat a complete makeover as when I first saw the state of the flat, I was a bit overwhelmed as I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford to get it decorated in the foreseeable future”. I have now moved in and am absolutely over the moon with my first home since leaving foster care and I can’t thank ENGIE enough”.

Katie Care Leaver

Contact for further information:

To find out more please contact 01709 766 000 and places.engie.co.uk.