When June Wilkinson, one of BAM’s Education and Community co-ordinators, was approached about creating an outdoor seating area for the workforce at the Sky Studios, Elstree site, she knew it was the perfect opportunity to partner with some great social enterprises and charities.
“I really wanted to create a garden that not only met the needs of our workforce but had a social conscience too. Working with RAW workshop, HACRO (Hertfordshire Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders) and the Shaw Trust, enabled me to do just that. Creating a relaxing space for our staff, while helping others to develop new skills and build their confidence”.
We wanted our outdoor seating area to help with social distancing and provide a relaxed atmosphere for the workforce. Picnic benches were procured from social enterprise RAW Workshop based in Oxford who train and employ individuals recovering from addiction and mental health, as well as those with low esteem. BAM has also worked with them in the past, transferring the wood waste from local projects to them for use in their furniture.
RAW Workshop commented “Our friends at BAM are driving social value and building equality throughout their Supply Chain. By choosing RAW Workshop for the benches for their site crews to rest and meet on means even more added social impact and Sustainability”.