Communities

Communities

We’re 100% committed to contributing to local community growth, to improving the lives of thousands of residents and businesses and helping our clients achieve their community action plans.

We’re getting behind Councils’ social value strategies by working with preferred local supply chain partners, recruiting local people and using working practices that minimise the negative impact of our work on local environments.

We are proud that:

  • 82% of our people are local employees. We help to develop their skills and expertise to then be put back into the community.
  • One of our core values is to ‘create a place to work where there are fairness and opportunity for everyone’. We are committed to providing others with new opportunities through education, training and employment.
  • We champion a range of local community and neighbourhood initiatives across Boroughs. Including, sharing our cycle and road safety knowledge, organising rubbish clean-ups and providing volunteer drivers for local care home residents’ days out.

Grabbing some time with Southend’s Youth Group

Youths attending Southend’s Youth Service Summer Programme had an opportunity to learn all about Marlborough Highways and their work in the borough.  Marlborough Highways’ Trainer, Chris Wood gave some examples of projects, which Marlborough have completed in Southend, relating it to local places the youths had visited such as the Belton Hills Steps Replacement Scheme. The focus of the four-week Summer Programme was ‘Blues and Twos’ and Marlborough was able to demonstrate how they provide emergency support on behalf of Southend Borough Council through traffic management services, sinkhole repairs and much more. The children were very excited at the end of the session to see one of Marlborough’s grab lorries up close and to find out all about how it works and what it can do. Jackie Byram, Senior Practitioner for the Youth Service at Southend Borough Council said “Thank you for bringing your team to visit us. I know the young people enjoyed the session and the opportunity to see one of your vehicles at work. Several of the group happily showed me their goodies and told me about the ‘grabber’ as they called your new vehicle over lunch, almost spitting pasta in their excitement to tell me all they had learned.”
Digger Day Little Adventure Nursery

Digger Day at Little Adventures Nursery

Nursery pupils from Little Adventures Nursery, Upminster had an opportunity to investigate a digger up close thanks to Marlborough Highways.  Under full supervision, and in small groups, the children had a chance to sit on the digger and learn all about how it works from Marlborough’s Foreman, George Schintee and Supervisor, Dan Kennett. Marlborough have been improving the footways along Severn Drive, Upminster in partnership with the London Borough of Havering, where the nursery is situated. Marlborough have been working along Severn Drive for some time now, and as a result have got to know the residents and business owners quite well. Ginny Andreas, Manager of Little Adventure Nursery commented "Having watched the men replacing the pavements recently outside Little Adventurers Nursery, imagine our delight when a digger came into our car park! The children loved sitting on it and they excitedly talked about it for ages afterwards. They even made their own digger with cardboard boxes later in the day, with pedals, controls and a breaker on the bottom of the hydraulic arm! So much fun and learning involved!"

Marlborough Highways goes the extra mile for Place2Be

Marlborough Highways has donated over £1,000 to London based charity, Place2Be following a fitness challenge for employees called Match My Mile.  Employees at Marlborough took part in the two-week challenge to walk, run, cycle or row as many miles as possible and whatever was accumulated in miles, Marlborough then matched in pounds and donated to Place2Be.

Helping to capture Hackney’s Festive Spirit

Hackney’s festive lights switch on is usually a fun annual event for the community. This year, the council had to find another way to celebrate Chanukah, Christmas and Hackney’s community spirit which they did by releasing a seasonal film featuring a range of community contributors on YouTube. Marlborough Highways supported Hackney Council with the filming, helping them with the Christmas light switch on. Watch the film here:

Supporting local schools

Marlborough Highways are proud to support local schools with road safety initiatives. We recently installed a road layout at Widford Lodge Preparatory School which included a mini roundabout and zebra crossing, to help the children learn more about road safety in the playground. The new markings have been a huge hit with the children and teachers. Watch our latest video which explains how this new, fun, and educational playground has transformed the schools ‘EYFS Garden’. 

Havering Show 2019

Marlborough sponsored the Community Stage at the 2019 Havering Show over the August Bank Holiday Weekend as part of our partnership with Havering Council. Marlborough had a large stand at the four day show, offering free cycle safety demonstrations, a free play area for children plus some guidance on how to report a potholes in the Havering borough.

Christmas Lighting for the London Fire Brigade

Marlborough sponsored the Community Stage at the 2019 Havering Show over the August Bank Holiday Weekend as part of our partnership with Havering Council. Marlborough had a large stand at the four day show, offering free cycle safety demonstrations, a free play area for children plus some guidance on how to report potholes in the Havering borough.

Social Distancing for Schools

Marlborough ran a social media campaign through Facebook offering schools free 2-metre social distancing markings for their entrances and play areas to help during the Coronavirus pandemic. We randomly selected 14 schools, applying a variety of temporary markings. Some schools wanted 5 or 6 markings while others wanted over 20! It was great to be able to help the schools and we received a lot of positive feedback. “Just to say a big thank you for the markings we had done this morning. Also to say how great Ryan was who did the markings.” Assistant Head Teacher, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. “Markings have all been completed here at Bournes Green Junior School. I would like to thank you again for your generosity during this time. It is appreciated!” Headteacher, Bournes Green Junior School.

Rainbow Southend Hospital

A giant rainbow was installed outside Southend Hospital to say thank you to local nurses. The rainbow, which is three metres wide and 3.5 metres high, is intended as a message of thanks from the local community to nurses and other hospital staff for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marlborough Highways was delighted to be able to support their supply chain partner Essex Mobile Welding who led the project. Phil Clarke, Project Manager at Marlborough Highways, said: “We are really pleased to see the rainbow installed and in such a prominent position, at the front of the hospital. It has been a pleasure to support Essex Mobile Welding in their rainbow vision, by installing the foundations and arranging for the permission to install the structure with the hospital.”

Ekro Whitecaps Sponsorship

EKCO Whitecaps Lions are part of the South East Essex Primary League, a successful football community playing organised small sided football each weekend. The club had managed to fundraise £400 over the summer but still needed additional funding to help pay for their new kit. Dave Parker, Marlborough’s Machine Surfacing Vice Foreman, applied for Marlborough’s 50/50 Sponsorship available for all employees. EKCO Whitecaps received £400 to match what they had already raised.

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