Stretton Scouts Group

Stretton Scouts Group receives support from Alstom Community Project Fund

  • Ten projects overall across the UK and Ireland will benefit from a combined funding pot of over £140,000
  • Alstom staff also encouraged to use annual volunteering day to support beneficiaries


29 April 2024 – Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has announced the recipients of its UK and Ireland 2023 Community Project Fund (CPF). Ten charities and community-led projects across the two countries will share more than £140,000, including 18th Burton (Stretton) Scouts Group. Alstom employees are also being encouraged to use their annual volunteering day to offer additional support to the beneficiaries.


Alstom’s CPF aims to fund projects that deliver social and environmental value for the local communities in which the company operates in. This year, the CPF will support projects as varied as suicide prevention and youth mental health, as well as social mobility and employment support.


Staff are encouraged to nominate good causes as part of the annual funding cycle and then work with a charity or community group to complete an application for up to £30,000 (€35,000). A senior panel then reviews applications against a robust criteria and, if successful, the project sponsor continues to support the individual scheme through delivery.


“It’s fantastic to be able to award another round of funding for charities and community-led projects across the UK and Ireland. I was humbled to review the applications, as many of the projects were seeking relatively modest grants which, in turn, make a significant difference to people’s lives and prospects,” said Colin Haynes, Environment, Health and Safety Director at Alstom UK and Ireland.


He added: “It’s essential that we reflect the communities we serve, and the Community Project Fund is just one way we can do this. By supporting initiatives that address social and environmental needs, we not only contribute to the well-being of these communities, but also reinforce Alstom’s commitment to sustainable development and social responsibility.”


Funds awarded to Stretton Scout Group will replace their existing well-worn tents and camping equipment. This will enable leaders to take more young people on overnight residentials, camps and adventurous activities. Spending time away from home with other children will help prepare up to 100 young people with skills for life each year.


“Stretton Scouts are very excited to have been successfully awarded a grant from the Alstom Community Project Fund. The money we have been awarded will go towards new camping equipment, most importantly new tents for our members to use as sleeping accommodation during our Beaver, Cub and Scout camps this year and many years to come. New tents will allow our members to have a better camping experience, which for some young people is their first experience away from home,” said Gary Keen, Lead Volunteer at 18th Burton (Stretton) Scout Group.


With 37 locations and 6,000 employees, Alstom is Ireland and the UK’s leading supplier of new trains and train services, and a leading signalling and rail infrastructure provider. One of Alstom’s signature UK sites is Central Rivers, located in Barton-under-Needwood, south-west of Burton on Trent. The Staffordshire depot employs around 350 people, and is where the company maintains Voyager (Class 220) and Super Voyager (Class 221) trains for customers such as CrossCountry.


Last year, Alstom signed an eight-year extension to its Train Services Agreement (TSA) with CrossCountry. The contract extension, valued at around £825 million, sees Alstom continue to maintain, overhaul, service and clean their Voyager and Super Voyager fleet until 2031 at the Staffordshire depot. These Alstom-built trains travel across England, Scotland and Wales on the CrossCountry network, including stops at Burton upon Trent, Tamworth and Derby railway stations.


In 2022, Alstom’s CPF supported nine projects which tackled multiple social and environmental challenges to a total value of £151,000. Recipients included Suited for Success, Railway Children, Glasgow Chiltren’s Hospital, Casino Model Railway Museum and Widnes Foodbank.


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