Business in the Community – promoting responsible business behaviour
“An exemplar for larger businesses to follow”
“As a Business Connector of the national charity Business in the Community, which promotes responsible business behaviour, I see Livingstone Surface Treatments are an exemplar in the category of Socio Economic Impact.
Livingstone’s understand that to break the cycle of deprivation in West Cumbria, disadvantaged people need a chance to change their lives. Eddie and his team have offered the opportunity of free training courses, work experience placements and mentoring to a number of unemployed individuals over the last year.
This has shown two things: Livingstone’s understands firstly that given the opportunity, people who could easily be written off by society can succeed. And secondly, that a small business CAN make a significant contribution to social change. By their small size, every employee must be involved in training and supervision of work placements, and it works.
As a role model for other SMEs, Livingstone stand out in their approach. Livingstone’s provides an excellent example for larger businesses to show that direct action is possible, and that work experience placements can happen, and be successful. Eddie and his team have such a drive about this issue.”
Jane Wilson Business Connector, Business in the Community
West Cumbria Works – Sellafield Socio-economic enterprise
“One of the most supportive and proactive employers we have dealt with”
West Cumbria Works is Sellafield’s new socio-economic enterprise and we rely on employers showing leadership and “doing something different”. As the leader of a local SME, Eddie Blackmore from Livingstone Surface Treatments has shown all that.
I was particularly impressed with everything he did for Lewis Power, the young unemployed lad from Moor Row. He offered up a free place on the training course Livingstone’s operates (which would otherwise have cost him £800). And then Eddie demonstrated personal leadership by contacting an employer in his own personal network – Jacobs – to showcase Lewis and to give a reference on his behalf. I have seen how appreciative Lewis was and it is my firm belief that the one thing that costs nothing – encouragement, showing people they are valued – is the most priceless!
West Cumbria Works has dealt with well over 50 employers since its launch 9 months ago. So I am able to confirm that Eddie and Livingstone Surface Treatments stand out as one of the most supportive and proactive employers we have dealt with. It’s Eddie’s determination to give something back, pride as a local person in this area and his commitment to the biggest single socio-economic outcome: getting someone into sustainable employment and improving their skills at the same time.
Andy Semple West Cumbria Works Manager
Livingstone Surface Treatments Limited are proud to support I CAAN an Independent Community Autism Activity Network in West Cumbria https://lnkd.in/dPfvawF
Registered as a charity in England and Wales – Registered Charity No. 1156551
Livingstone’s gave one of Skills 4 you clients 3 months paid work experience and also in association with Lawson’s Training gave them FREE fork lift truck training and assessment to give a positive lift to their CV, their self-esteem and confidence.
Skills 4 You is a pilot project to help address the high unemployment levels within Copeland. The project offers practical skills to people of all ages, but primarily the 16-24 year age group.
The main aims of the project are:
• To help address high levels of unemployment in Copeland
• To engage unemployed people and address issues around personal development and soft skills
• To provide a suitable environment that offers practical work experience
• To provide a range of learning opportunities including short courses and basic skills leading to appropriate mainstream accredited courses.
Skills 4 You work placement
“Making a difference with action”
“Livingstone’s had a vacancy for a person to help in the warehouse and offices with housekeeping and was keen to offer a 3 month paid work placement to Jason Quirk.
This is a brilliant example of supporting with socio-economic issues positively and pro-actively and also through giving an unemployed person a chance. It will also contribute to helping Skills 4 You to raise the profile of some talented people who have skills that many local employers could benefit from. Eddie and his team are inspirational, forward thinking people who want to make a difference through actions.”
Lyn Osbaldeston, Skills 4 You
Livingstone Surface Treatments run ICATS (Industrial Coatings Applicator Training Scheme) courses in the North West. To support the Cumbria Community Foundation’s Flood Appeal we offered a place on the January ICATS course for the Flood Appeal Auction. The bidder for the place on the course was Allan Tyson (ex Duke of Lancs Regiment). He bid £350 for the place and 100% of the money goes to the Flood Appeal. Originally from Whitehaven, Allan now lives in Lancaster. Previously unemployed, he took part in the training and passed the course and is now set to start a new job in Heysham as a direct result of his course.
Calderwood House is a hostel offering temporary respite for homeless people in Egremont in West Cumbria, although the hostel is open to any homeless person after a vetting process, Time to Change is prioritising ex-military and to do this has set up links with a number of organisations including the British Legion and Combat Stress. After visiting Calderwood house we offered a FREE ICATS training course to one of their residents to help them on their journey back into work.
Time to Change West Cumbria
“It takes courage to take a risk – Livingstone’s did just that”
“When I first set up my project there were very few offers of help, but thankfully, Sellafield Ltd managed to get me an invite to the BECBC meeting. From this I received many great contacts but the only thing that really transpired was help from Livingstone Surface Treatments.
Eddie offered a free place on an ICATS training course for any homeless ex-military guys, we thought would benefit. Eddie was hands on sorting the application forms and meeting regularly with our resident as he was very nervous and anxious about trying something new. They also sorted transport which can always be difficult for those who are homeless.
We have built up a great relationship with Livingstone’s and although they may not be able to offer financial support directly, what they did changed the life of that young man.
Sometimes it takes courage for a small business to get touch with a new, taboo project such as ours and take a risk to see how things work out. I believe because Livingstone’s have done this, others will definitely follow. I, my staff and our residents will always be thankful of that.”
Rachel Holliday Time to Change (Calderwood House)
Livingstone Surface Treatments chose Cash for Kids again as their 2014 Christmas charity, CFM Radio’s Cash for Kids is such a great charity we chose to support it for a second year.
Cash for Kids 2013
Livingstone Surface Treatments chose Cash for Kids as their 2013 Christmas charity,
CFM’S CASH FOR KIDS provides a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children in Cumbria & South West Scotland.
All the money is raised locally and spent locally and goes to children and young people under 18 throughout the CFM area, with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, with behavioural or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.
Help for Heroes
In 2012 Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd where delighted to donate £800 to the Help for Heroes Charity, since its launch in 2007 H4H has raised over £100m thanks to the tireless work of Bryn and Emma Parry OBE. www.helpforheroes.org.uk
Moresby Primary School
Livingstone Surface Treatments Limited provided free of charge all the labour and materials for the shot blasting, Galvanising, T-Washing, Etch Priming and finish coating in black polyurethane for these new school gates. They should now last the school at least 40 years,
Livingstone Surface Treatments Limited sponsored the CHUDDYBALL RALLY a Charity round Britain challenge, the daftest charity rally yet, 2055 miles in 4 days in cars worth less than £500 in fancy dress to raise money for The Great North Air Ambulance and Hospice at Home West Cumbria