Inspired to help

A donation of £13,100 was given to Arc Inspire, a local charity providing accommodation and support for homeless people across Bridgwater and Taunton. This makes it the first organisation to receive help through Hinkley Point C’s The HPC Way initiative. 

The charity’s outreach team works to make contact with rough sleepers and help them into temporary accommodation at its hostel and satellite properties across the area. Donations are helping to renovate more properties to help people get back on their feet.

But Hinkley Point C is committed to helping with hands-on support too.  Rosy James, Bylor Environmental Manager, has started a scheme to wash and donate unwanted clothing left in lockers to the charity. 

Donating holiday time

James Thieme, Lead Health and Safety Adviser, spent his month’s holiday during December volunteering. He said: “I normally go home to Australia to see family but wasn’t able to travel because of the pandemic. 

“Arc had received money through safety and environmental performance targets being met at Hinkley Point C, so it seemed to be a good organisation to support during my holidays. 

“Arc is extremely important. There’s a big need to support the homeless into temporary accommodation and help people to make the transition into independent living.

“The charity has bought two buildings and I wanted to help out with construction work which wasn’t possible to do, but I was pleased to be able to spend the month helping out as a driver collecting donations instead.”

We were thrilled to have received support for this project from Hinkley Point C, who chose Arc to benefit from their new ‘HPC Way Fund’ and we would like to say a special thank you to them. We were lucky enough to be the first charity to benefit from this fund, in which Hinkley Point C raises money for a local cause by rewarding safe working behaviours on site. We received a whopping £13,100 towards our renovation project thanks to this initiative!

Rosie Hather, Arc Fundraising and Communications Manager

Char Dyer, Support Worker, added: “The residents feel safe, secure and more positive about their future thanks to these renovations.”

The HPC Way initiative is designed to drive safety and environemental performance, donating £50 for every successful Safe Day and £3,000 per Safe Month to a local charity. Following nominations received from the project’s workforce, charities will be reviewed and selected by The HPC Way committee.   

Under the initiative, there are several different types of Safe Day. For example, a Safe Community Day is one where Hinkley Point C has zero complaints from the community. A Safe Start is one when everyone travels to work safely and is fit for work; and a Safe Family Day is one where everyone goes home safely.