Amey employees donate two years voluntary work to projects in Sheffield

Amey employees in Sheffield volunteer the equivalent hours of two full-time employees to local projects every year.

Staff members, including the 580 employees in Sheffield, are offered a paid day-off every year in order to undertake voluntary work on a range of projects.

In 2012, Amey were awarded the Streets Ahead Highways Maintenance and Management contract by Sheffield City Council.

The scheme, which will run for a total of 25 years, is focused on transforming Sheffield roads from among the worst to the best in the country.

Sheffield workers have chosen to volunteer in a number of ways, including collecting for the food bank network Trussell Trust and helping local fundraiser John ‘Pram Man’ Burkhill fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Last month, a group in Sheffield supported Burncross Action Team’s campaign to keep the area tidy by litter picking, collecting rubbish and clearing fly-tipping in the area.

Amey Project Manager, Andy Layberry, said: “This year about ten of us helped out on a biodiversity project by cutting back a huge heather at Blacka Moor Nature Reserve in the Eastern Peak District.

“On average I spend about 70 percent of my time in the office so it’s nice to get away from my desk, and it’s good to see another side to life and the challenges other people face.”

To find out more about the Streets Ahead programme visit: www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead