Working with the Community
Since the start of the Harbour Way project in 2011, we have built strong links within the community of Port Talbot by helping local groups and charities through our sponsorship and fundraising scheme.
Throughout 2012, Costain set an ambitious target to raise £10,000 for the Special Needs Activity Centre in Taibach. In December members from the team handed over a cheque to teh club for £11,500 after 12 months of activities.
Fundraising events included a team cycling from South to North Wales in 3 days, a sky dive, running the Cardiff Half Marathon, Golf Days at The Vale, Quiz nights, a car wash and many other activities.
SNAC have been given the money to help with the running costs of the club and to help purchase new equipment for the children who use and enjoy the vlub.
Hayley Hall, SNAC’s Chairperson: “A big thank you to all the staff at Harbour way for everything that you have done for SNAC. Without people and companies like Costain we wouldn’t be here for our special children.”
The future of the club relies on the generosity of the public and through fundraising.
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“The Passion” by National Theatre Wales
In Easter 2010, movie star Michael Sheen came home for a one off, ground breaking theatre event using the town and its residents as cast, crew and heroes.
The three day event was supported by 1,000 community volunteers and brought over 22,000 people to the town.
Lucy Davies from the National Theatre Wales, “The support and investment of a local company in a local arts project, such as Costain’s fantastic backing of “The Passion”, has more than just financial value. Forming partnerships across the cultural and business sectors enhances all of our work, and our relationships with the widest possible public. Where art flourishes, business flourishes, and so communities flourish.”
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Aberavon Wizards: ‘Costain Competitve Sports League’
For the last three years Costain has helped fund the inter-schools competition to help create rugby and netball awareness whilst increasing sport participation and physical activity within schools. The program gives girls and boys the opportunity to complete against other schools in a competitive environment. Teams play on a fortnightly basis, playing only 1 fixture against another school.
The program helps:
- Focus on Competitiveness
- Increased Participation and Physical Activity
- Highlighting Social Inclusion and Diversity
- Skill Development
- Creating a broad awareness of Rugby and Netball
Chris Davies, Captain of Aberavon Wizards: “Regular competitive sport in Port Talbot Schools was non existent but with the creation of this competitive league sponsored by Costain has changed this. Not only has it changed schools competitively, but also given children sporting opportunities, encouraged sports participation and no doubt developed children’s skills.”
For more information about the league click here
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Beast of Bryn/ Bwystfil y Bryn
Costain has supported the fun run for the past two years.
It comprises of 3 separate runs a fun run, a 6.8 mile run and an extremely challenging 15 miler. Both 6.8 and 15 mile runs are very challenging and take place along the mountains of Margam and the Afan Valley, both runs take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. You will run along routes that international runners use for endurance training prior to a major competition.
The race is named after a number of Big Cat sightings in and around the race route
For more information on the race click here
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Big Bang Wales
Costain supported the technology scheme run by Careers Wales in 2011 and 2012.
The day event, which sees school pupils from across Wales compete, helps inspire young people to think about careers in engineering, maths, science and technology, by encouraging them to make and build a project using the skills learnt from the projects in school.
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Chartered Engineers “Engineering Team Challenge”
Run by the Institute of Civil Engineering, the Engineering Team Challenge is a Welsh initiative to encourage 14 year olds to consider careers in Engineering through a variety of practical exercises and challenges. Costain has supported this event for the past two years (2011 and 2012).
In 2012, around 100 pupils took part in the day event at Swansea University where pupils had to design and build a skyscraper using only straws, pipe cleaners and paper which had to be strong enough to support a variety of weights placed on it.
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Costain has teamed up with the Road Safety team in Neath Port Talbot for their road safety lessons for primary school children. Roadside training has been undertaken across the County Borough, giving children the skills needed to cope with any situation they could face when crossing a road.
Joy Smith, Manager of the Road Safety team: “Over 800 children are trained by Kerb Craft annually. It allows the children who take part to learn in a practical way, at the roadside. This has been shown to be the most effective method of teaching.
“Sponsorship from companies such as Costain is very important in helping us to provide support materials which directly reinforce the principle messages we convey.”
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Margam Youth Centre
Costain supported the club by providing them with a brand new table tennis table to enable them to offer more activities to the children who use the club as well as promote health and fitness.
George Ridgeway, President of the Centre: “The new table has provided another activity which we can offer the children within the community of Margam. The table is being used constantly every Friday evening.”
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Other Projects to receive funding include:
- Trefelin AFC
- Port Talbot Amateur Operatic Society
- Port Talbot U12 Football Club
- Tata Cricket Team
- Friends of Port Talbot Hospital
- Britton Ferry Musical Theatre Company
- Brynaman Old Aged Pensioners
- Aberavon Beach Festival
- Sandfields and Aberavon Boxing Club
- South Wales Police
- Keep Wales Tidy
- Port Talbot Camera Club
- Richard Burton 10k Fun Run
- Youth Volunteer Awards
- Margam Residents
- 8th Port Talbot Scouts
- ACORN – Promoting Positive Mental Health
- Tata Football Team
- Neath Port Talbot Youth & Community Service
- Taibach Rugby Club
- Ystradgunlais Overland Club
- Neath Port Talbot Child Contact Centre
- Tata Rugby Club
- Penybanc RFC
- Cimla Youth AFC
- Community Fund
If you are in a community group or charity and would like to be considered for sponsorship, address your request for Ieuan Davies at our site offices in North Bank Road, or preferably, by email.
Decisions are made on a regular basis when all applications received are considered against particular criteria.
Applications most likely to be successful are those involving young people, those located closest to the current project and those where there is a commitment to safety.