Hamworthy Heating staff have cooked up a storm to raise money for their chosen charity of the year, Forest Holme Hospice.
Ali Morris and Claire Miles, who both work at the commercial heating solutions firm in Poole, joined forces with Forest Holme Hospice’s corporate fundraiser Hannah Parsons to sell homemade cakes and biscuits at a stall set up in the Poole Hospital ‘dome’.
Bob Walsh, technical director of Hamworthy Heating, said: “We want to thank everyone who made cakes for the stall and to Ali, Claire and Hannah who manned the stall on the day. Forest Holme Hospice is invaluable for those suffering from terminal illnesses and their families, and we are delighted to donate the funds towards their work.”
Corporate Fundraiser for Forest Holme Hospice Hannah Parsons commented: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Hamworthy Heating for baking and selling a delicious array of cakes and biscuits on behalf of Forest Holme. The money raised will be used to fund specialist care for patients with advanced cancer and life-limiting illnesses across Poole, Wimborne and the Purbecks.”
Hamworthy Heating has signed up to a body of local firms dedicated to responding to climate change and promoting low carbon solutions.
The WessexEnergy and Environmental Management Group (WEEMG)is a force for environmental awareness in the local business community,keeping firms up-to-date with energy and environmental management issues through continuing professional development, specialist training, information exchanges and networking.
The group is a natural fit for Poole-based heating solutions giant Hamworthy Heating, which regularly provides engineers with continued development training sessions in energy saving and best practice.
Hamworthy Heating Technical Director Bob Walsh commented: “The WEEMG’s approach is very much in keeping with Hamworthy Heating’s own values. We offer a number of CPD seminars that are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers because we strongly believe this is one of the best ways to educate future managers on why green issues should inform business strategy.
“We look forward to working with other WEEMG members as part of a communal effort to minimise the environmental impact while improving the performance of local businesses” Bob said.
Members of the WEEMG recently attended the ‘Best practice heating and hot water refurbishment’ CPD along with a factory tour at Hamworthy’s head office in Poole.
Representatives from Hamworthy Heating encouraged young people to pursue the study of science, technology, engineering and maths by carrying out live boiler demonstrations at the Bournemouth and Poole College’s ‘Big Bang’ event on Monday July 7 and Tuesday July 8.
Held at the Bournemouth and Poole College’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) centre, the event aimed to inspire young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showcasing the wealth of opportunities the study of these subjects can lead to.
Being at the forefront of energy efficient commercial heating and hot water solutions, the Hamworthy Heating team allowed students a close up view of a boiler burner being fired up.
During the event staff from Hamworthy Heating met hundreds of Year 7 and 8 students from local schools to demonstrate gas boiler combustion and give advice about training and qualifications. The students had the opportunity to meet leading local employers in the engineering industry.
Hamworthy Heating design engineer Graham Nickless said: “Events like the Big Bang are undoubtedly one of the best ways to show young people the wide range of opportunities available to those with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths. It’s very exciting to think these students could eventually be part of the next generation committed to finding long term solutions to the environmental issues which will continue to affect them.”
The company’s attendance at the ‘Big Bang’ forms part of Hamworthy Heating’s commitment to young people in the local community. The firm also supports the Enterprise and Skills Challenge and the Young Enterprise employability programme.
For more information about Hamworthy Heating’s community projects and sustainable products, visit www.hamworthy-heating.com. Those with projects supporting skills development for young people who would to like to approach Hamworthy Heating for support are invited to email [email protected].
Hamworthy Heating held a staff family fun day in recognition of the hard work employees have contributed to the company’s success so far this year.
More than 200 employees and their families attended the firm’s celebrations where they were treated to a programme bursting with team games, prizes and entertainment. A display by Liberty’s FalconryExperience was particularly popular on the day, when birds of prey performed impressive feats in the air before greeting interested spectators one-to-one.
The company, which is celebrating its 100 year old roots this year, also provided a free barbeque, face painting and Punch and Judy shows, while a raffle, lucky dip and ‘fishing for ducks’ stall raised more than £330 for Forest Holme Hospice, Hamworthy Heating’s charity of the year for 2014.
Bob Walsh, technical director at Hamworthy Heating, commented: “In the 1960s, our parent company, Hamworthy Engineering, said: The development of Hamworthy (Company) has depended on people who in their various capacities have served the company loyally and well. It is they who count most . . . whatever we say the company has done, they did. The same is true of Hamworthy Heating today. So we were very keen to recognise the hard work of all our employees in a day of celebration they could share with their nearest and dearest.’
While Hamworthy Heating is at the forefront of providing energy efficient commercial heating and hot water solutions the firm enjoys a solid reputation for its old fashioned values in caring for staff and the community. So far this year the company’s corporate social responsibility programme has included the donation of two brand new boilers to Forest Home Hospice, a team of staff committed to clearing rubbish from local beauty spot Hatch Pond, mentoring students from local schools and a donation of trees to Tucker’s Field community meadow.
Mr Phillips, left, Stuart Turner, and Julie Shaw of Hamworthy Heating, centre, Maggie Ayre, right, with Young Enterprise students at Carter Community School, Hamworthy
Commercial boiler manufacturer Hamworthy Heating has provided mock job interviews for pupils at Carter Community School in Hamworthy as part of a ‘Young Enterprise’ scheme to help young people develop the key skills needed to move into work, further education or training.
Eighteen pupils aged between 13 and 14, were asked to ‘apply’ from a wide range of jobs from ‘Hotel Receptionist’ to a ‘Police Officer in the Royal Navy’ and ‘booked’ their interview over the telephone.
Pupils were then interviewed in person by managers at Hamworthy Heating with questions typical of a ‘real’ interview job-seekers would encounter in today’s competitive market place, including; “do you prefer working on your own or as part of a team?” and “please give me an example of where you have had to work with conflicting deadlines.”
Feedback was then provided on the relevance of their answers, body language and general interview etiquette such as hand-shaking, eye contact and appropriate clothing.
Maggie Ayre, Young Enterprise Manager, explained: “The pupils are taking part in the prestigious Employability, Empowerment and Enterprise programme which is run in 18 schools across Dorset. The strength of the programme lies in using volunteers from local business to mentor the pupils and culminates in every participant doing a mock interview which we make as realistic as possible.”
Stuart Turner, southern regional sales manager at Hamworthy Heating, commented: “Job interviews are daunting at the best of times but it’s especially nerve-wracking for young people leaving education for the first time, particularly as they will be entering an extremely competitive jobs market where making a good first impression is critical.
He added “Hopefully today’s mock interviews have gone some way in helping these bright young people make the best of all they can offer.”
The Prince’s Trust reports around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training and with youth unemployment costing the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year.
For more information about Hamworthy Heating’s community projects or to invite Hamworthy Heating to get involved in your own project, please email [email protected] or visit www.hamworthy-heating.com/csr.
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