Getting a buzz out of another safety milestone

Stanlow’s recent achievement of reaching five million hours without a Lost Time Injury saw a cheque for £3,000 presented to the Buzz Youth Activity Club in Chester.  The donation was made possible through the Let’s Give scheme, which links safety milestones at the refinery to charitable giving nominated by employees.

Buzz is a weekly youth activity group for disabled young people aged  5-18 years and is run by the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living.   The Buzz Youth Activity Group enables disabled young people to have fun and enjoy being involved in a range of activities.  They help those involved to grow in confidence, increase self-esteem, reach their full potential,  develop positive relationships with peers and socialise with appropriate peer groups in activities of their choice.  

Project Development Technologist, Neil Crombie, explained why he had proposed the charity:  “I nominated Buzz Youth Activity Group because as parents of two boys on the autistic spectrum, Sam (8) and Jack (7), we really appreciate the service the staff and volunteers provide in helping children with additional needs to socialise, develop their confidence and become more independent – all in a safe environment under the supervision of those who understand their needs.  The group runs a programme of varied activities each week in Chester for disabled children aged 5 – 18, including art and crafts, cinema trips, baking,  horse riding and meals out. The boys love attending the group and it also gives us some valuable time to spend with their older brother.”

Melanie Hinde, Community Engagement Team Manager and Safeguarding Officer, Cheshire Centre for Independent Living, said:  “The staff team and members of the Buzz Youth Group would like to say a big thank you to Essar for their generous donation of £3,000.  This donation will be used to fund a number of fantastic fun packed activity days during school holidays.  These are always the most popular activity days, but are often the most expensive to deliver.  This donation will help with transport and entrance costs.  The members of the group are very excited to start planning their activity days and have already mentioned visits to Chill Factor and Alton Towers”.