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Stone Children’s Organisation Boosted by Foundation Award

Stone non-profit organisation Chuckle Productions has been awarded a grant from Vinci UK to help tackle social exclusion in the area.

L – R Emma Hallett,Pam Cole, Chris Hutchinson, Sharon Hodson, Sara Christie and the Chuckle Stars

Global engineering giant Vinci UK awarded Chuckle Productions grant of £7619 to refurbish the facilities at its premises. The Foundation is supported by Midlands-based Actemium UK, part of the VINCI Energies group; the Actemium sponsor will volunteer his time to help manage the project.

Sara Christie, Director, Chuckle Productions, said; “The upgrades to the Chuckle House will help us to support the vulnerable people that use our services, so that we can better help them to develop and grow. Financial support from the VINCI UK Foundation, as well as the time volunteered by our Actemium project sponsor, will be invaluable in helping us to deliver a safe and welcoming space.”

Chuckle Productions requested support from the VINCI UK Foundation to help secure a “fit for purpose” heating and comfort cooling system for the Chuckle House, the organisation’s base of operations. The Chuckle House provides a safe, supportive environment for children and young adults with additional needs to develop their social, emotional, and life skills, offering a variety of services from Arts based workshops to specialist educational support.

Chris Hutchinson, a Director at Actemium UK, will use his project management and health & safety expertise to support the non-profit organisation in completing the work.

Launched in early 2016, the VINCI UK Foundation, funded by VINCI businesses across the UK, supports groups and charities which work to tackle exclusion, foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing. The foundation is unique in its support for good causes due to its specific focus and provision of skilled volunteers.

Rochdi Ziyat, Board Director, VINCI UK Foundation and CEO, VINCI Energies UK & ROI, said; “The support provided by the staff at VINCI’s businesses, as well as the generous funding grants provided, is what sets the VINCI UK Foundation apart as a supporter of community cohesion. For a second year, the Foundation will make a real difference to the lives of the most excluded in society and help to strengthen communities across the UK.”

Through the Foundation, all VINCI’s employees, from apprentices to senior management, can use their experience and skills to benefit their local communities. Businesses supporting the Foundation include VINCI Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Concessions, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, VINCI Construction Grands Projects. Nuvia and Freyssinet.

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