Getting beach ready for a great cause

On Friday 24 August, Balfour Beatty held a dress down day with a twist, in support of the of their community refurbishment project of the Veteran Contact Point (VCP). As an integrated team here in the Southsea Coastal Scheme office, staff from the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, Arup, Ramboll and Portsmouth City Council all got involved alongside their Balfour Beatty colleagues to help this great cause. The orders were to wear your loudest Hawaiian shirt, to which the team responded to with great enthusiasm!

The VCP is a free and confidential space for veterans and their families, based in Coventry. It has been created, staffed and run by veterans, for veterans from all military disciplines. The volunteers, alongside others charitable groups, offer a range of support and services. They offer space, advice and guidance where required. Some of the services available include interview skills, recruitment, homing the homeless, IT skills, combat stress sessions and general support for the Veterans and their families returning to civilian life.

The current facilities are in need of refurbishment. The building, formally part of a school, is run down, cold, inefficient, inaccessible for the disabled, has poor lighting, poor use of space and lack of storage. Through fundraising, employee volunteer days and utilising the skillset of Veteran volunteers, Balfour Beatty aim to provide a warm, spacious and economical space for Veterans and the local community. Find out more below.