We are always looking at sustainable ways to strengthen to our relationship with our community. A great way to do this is by supporting local projects and working with charities and organisations to benefit as many people as possible.
We have been working in partnership with Southern Rail on a station enhancement scheme to improve Southwick Station for the benefit of the local community and Southern Rail passengers since 2012.
Every year we organise a community project as part of the rail partnership and these have included an art and poetry competition, with all winning pieces currently on display at Southwick Station. Work is currently underway selecting a new project for 2016. Details of the chosen project will be announced at the start of the summer.
We are fortunate to have a fantastic selection of schools within close proximity to the Port. With a highly skilled in house team, our staff have been able to assist with a number of school projects including building an outdoor play area for St Nicolas CE Primary School in Portslade and laying foundations for a science bus at Mile Oak Primary School also in Portslade.
Our staff also present in school assemblies from time to time and enjoy engaging with pupils whilst sharing information about activities at the Port, in a fun and educational way.
Community Support Leave
As part of our commitment to building links within the community and embedding this within the culture of the Port, a new staff initiative ‘Community Support Leave’ was launched in 2015. Every staff member is now encouraged to take one day per year to volunteer for a local charity of their choice.
The scheme has the potential to benefit a wide range of charities with a large number of staff at the Port keen to offer their services and give something back to the community that they live and work in.
If you are a local charity or organisation and would like to promote any volunteering opportunities with us please speak to Katie Orchin, Marketing & Communications Executive on 01273 598100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.