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Helping Hands Initiative

Helping Hands is Hughes and Salvidge’s Social Value Initiative aimed at enhancing and supporting the communities that we work in.

What is Social Value?

Social Value refers to the positive impacts of organisations on the wellbeing of individuals and communities through the following aspects:

  • Economic: employment or training.

  • Social: promoting cohesive communities.

  • Environmental: including carbon emission reduction endeavours.

The Initiative

Helping Hands covers five main pillars of Social Value:
Charity, Community, Wellness, Development and Sustainability, and provides project specific and annual objectives for the company to achieve.




Provide volunteer hours to a local cause or charity
  • Identify opportunities close to offices (Portsmouth and Heathrow).

  • Identify opportunities near to projects at tender stage.

  • Organise in conjunction with the client or in-house.

  • Number of hours dependent on length of project.

  • Identify annual opportunities to volunteer for non-site-based staff.
Provide sponsorship for local causes
  • Identify annual events near to projects and offices that can be sponsored.

  • Identify opportunities for sponsorship of an individual or group – fun run, bike ride, etc.
Provide a seasonal donation to a local charity or charitable cause
  • Select a charity to support for at least one calendar year.

  • Identify charities and causes that provide Christmas meals or food parcels.

  • Identify charities or causes that undertake Christmas toy drives.

  • Organise an annual Easter Egg collection in-house and identify 1+ charities close to projects or offices that would benefit, e.g., children’s charities, young carers, family centres.



Support local schools
  • Identify opportunities to deliver Construction Site Safety presentations.

  • Identify schools local to projects to invite for ‘Demolition Days’ visits.

  • Identify opportunities to attend career days/fairs at local colleges and schools.
Use local labour
  • Endeavour to utilise labour from within 25 miles of a project.
Ensure a safe environment outside of the site boundary
  • Identify ways to make the local area safer – lit hoarding, for example.

  • Viewing panels installed in hoarding.
Support the community close to our offices
  • Identify local grassroots sports team(s) to sponsor – donating kits, etc.



  • At tender stage of each relevant project, identify items for upcycling – office furniture, carpet tiles, etc
  • Build a Reverse Supply Chain for Upcycling charities nationwide.
Tree planting
  • Identify charities and organisations that organise tree planting on a larger scale.

  • Liaise with clients to organise tree planting/replanting on projects where tree removal is a necessity.
  • Maintain over 95% recycling rate across all projects.

  • Research asbestos recycling for future use.
Reduce carbon emissions
  • Work towards reducing carbon emissions year-on-year.

  • Work towards a completely electric/hybrid fleet.

  • Continue to invest in the latest eco-friendly plant and equipment.

  • Van share where possible (COVID-dependent).



Support employee and community mental health
  • Promote our in-house Mental Health Initiative to employees and their family members.

  • Identify local Mental Health Initiatives to support – local to projects and offices.

  • Ensure all subcontractors and non-direct labour are aware of our Mental Health Initiative and what is available to them.
Support food banks
  • Identify food banks local to projects and offices for ad hoc donations.

  • Organise bi-annual collections from Head Office.



Source opportunities for training
  • Identify opportunities with training providers, colleges and schools to deliver presentations about ‘How to get into Demolition and/or Asbestos Removal’.

  • Develop training programmes for all employees.
Support apprenticeships
  • Identify local providers that can provide apprenticeships or informal apprenticeships for over 18's.
Support regional business growth
  • Identify opportunities for local supply chain use.
Provide local jobs for local people
  • Identify organisations that support long-term unemployed people.

  • Identify areas for meaningful employment – long-term or opportunity for training.

  • Advertise locally for vacancies, utilising local programmes and Job Centres.

Who we support