Keepmoat aims to become a part of the communities in which we work to ensure that we leave a lasting legacy.
We know that every area is unique, and that’s why our Resident Liaison Officers spend thousands of hours each year getting to know local neighbourhoods to find out where we can lend a hand – whether through refurbishing a local community centre, funding charity events, or running errands for elderly residents.
We make sure that local communities get a voice in all of the work we do in their area.
Before a brick is laid or a window replaced, we take great care to ensure that local people have had a chance to see what we plan to do, give us their thoughts and ask any questions.
For new developments, we hold a series of consultation events for local residents to share their views and ensure that we have the right scheme in place before our planning application is submitted.
When carrying out refurbishment work, each resident is given a full explanation about what improvements we will be carrying out, and when they will happen.
We believe residents should have a say in how their properties will look – both inside and out – no matter how big the project. We even hold open days for residents to choose the kitchens, bathrooms, and external features, such as fencing styles they prefer for their properties.
Our work does not end with our regeneration programmes. We embed ourselves in local communities and ensure that we support local charities and good causes wherever possible. All our employees are encouraged to participate in charity fund raising, and last year we handed over £114,000 to groups and charities across the country.
Considerate Constructors Scheme
Keepmoat is an associate member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), and as such registers all our sites where we will be working for more than six weeks. This helps uphold our philosophy to minimise disruption to local businesses and neighbours, whilst at the same time maintaining excellent standards of health and safety both on and off site, with the lowest possible impacts upon the environment.
In order to raise awareness and participation with the scheme throughout our organisation, Keepmoat has put in place an internal award scheme, whereby any site scoring 41 or more out of 50 on the new CCS scoring system will receive monetary vouchers for their efforts to reduce the impact which their construction project has had.
Our scores are improving year on year and in 2014, Keepmoat sites received, 46 awards through the CCS National Site Awards, the highest of which was the Most Considerate Site Runner Up Award.
Our Partnership with the Edlington Hilltop Centre
Sarah Hopkinson, Community Engagement and Investment Coordinator at Keepmoat Homes said “Edlington Hilltop Centre are the hub of social activity and support within the Edlington Community and do some amazing work, helping over 1800 people in the last 12 months. We are pleased to be supporting the Centre in a wide variety of ways including:
- Providing resources/tools and labour for the Community Allotment
- Providing resources and graphic pads for the Children’s Computer Club and to support an art class for Autistic Adults
- Offering work experience and mock interviews for the Community Volunteers
- Offering talks and motivational activities for disengaged young adults
- Laptops for outreach work in the community to support the elderly and those who are socially isolated
- Materials to support the Community Potato Farming Competition for schools across the South West of Doncaster
- Time and resources to help the community grow and prosper
Robert Reid, Community Officer at the Edlington Hilltop Centre said “Our new partnership with Keepmoat Homes will benefit a huge amount of people in our local community. The support being offered by Keepmoat Homes is real and tangible, and will enable us to move forward with our numerous projects such as the Community Allotment, as well as enabling us to enrich the services, activities and experiences that we provide for everyone who uses the Hilltop Centre. The Trustees, Staff, Volunteers and Centre Users pass on their heartfelt thanks to Keepmoat Homes and look forward to working together in the coming years for the good of our Community.”