We’re celebrating our partnership with St Basils over the past 12 months. We’ve taken a look back at how we started working together in April 2018 and what’s happened since then.
At UK Power Reserve, part of Sembcorp Group, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of our ethos. Our CSR strategy is built on three pillars of People, Communities, and Sustainable Development.
In early 2018, we realised there was much more we could do to increase our CSR efforts to help the local community surrounding our head office in Solihull.
There were more than 400 rough sleepers in the West Midlands in 2018, representing a 42% increase from the previous year. With such a rise, more support is needed too. We reached out to St Basils, a charity that works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and our partnership was subsequently formed.
St Basils helps in excess of 5,000 young people each year across the West Midlands region with specific services in Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, the Wyre Forest, Coventry, and Solihull. The Solihull hub was opened in 2017 to help meet the rising demand of the Birmingham hub and over 1,000 young people have visited since its opening; 400 of whom visited since April 2018.
Supporting St Basils in Solihull
Our activities to help St Basils during our partnership have included:
We’re proud to have supported St Basils over the past 12 months and are grateful for the fantastic work they do in the West Midlands region.
Fatima Iqbal, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at UK Power Reserve commented, “We’re delighted to have supported St Basils for the past year through donations and helping to raise awareness of their services in our local area. We’ll continue to support the Solihull hub by sharing details of fundraising events with all our employees.”
Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising at St Basils said, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of UK Power Reserve. Their incredible offer to pay over £9,000 to cover the Solihull Hub’s electricity bill means more money to spend on vital services to prevent homelessness. At St Basils we strongly believe that homelessness should not be part of growing up, unfortunately it is a reality for so many 16-25 year olds today. Every penny UK Power Reserve saved us will help support young people in the area, ensuring they have the tools and skills they need to rebuild their lives and live independently”.
You can find out more about St Basils by visiting their website here.
For more information, please contact:
Communications & PR Officer
Tel: 07808 241 684
About UK Power Reserve
UK Power Reserve is the leading provider of flexibility to the UK energy system. Our contracted 1013MW portfolio of low carbon, decentralised assets include 120MW of battery storage, one of the biggest in Europe. With rapid response, low cost assets located close to centres of demand, we are improving competition and delivering value to consumers. An innovative, disruptive voice in energy, UK Power Reserve is advancing its ambitious growth plans in the UK.
UK Power Reserve is part of the Sembcorp group, a leading utilities, marine and urban development group, operating across multiple markets worldwide. As an integrated energy player, Sembcorp provides solutions across the energy and utilities value chain, with a focus on the Gas & Power, Renewables & Environment and Merchant & Retail sectors. In addition, Sembcorp is a world leader in offshore and marine engineering, as well as an established brand name in urban development. Sembcorp Industries has total assets of over S$22 billion (£12.3 billion) and over 7,000 employees. Listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange, it is a component stock of the Straits Times Index, several MSCI and FTSE indices, as well as the SGX Sustainability Leaders Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index.
 Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, ‘Rough sleeping in England: autumn 2018’, published 26 February 2019, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/781567/Rough_Sleeping_Statistics_2018_release.pdf