Help for the homeless this Christmas

Buildbase is supporting local communities this Christmas by donating thousands of hot drinks to homeless people up and down the country.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic safe working restrictions, vending machines have not been operational in Buildbase branches. This meant that we have had excess stock of hot drinks, worth thousands of pounds, which needed to be used.

Rather than having to eventually send the stock to anaerobic digestion or another form of disposal, we teamed up with our waste and resource management partner, Reconomy, to find a creative re-use solution that offered both environmental and social benefits.

Working together with Centrepoint, the UK’s leading charity that provides housing and support for young people, over 90,000 vending machine drinks will be donated to people in need over the festive period.

Suzie Godfrey, Head of Health and Safety at Buildbase, explained:

“We were really pleased to be able to find a solution that offered help to homeless people in local areas around the UK. One of Buildbase’s core values is that we stand together and our people are proud of the part they play in protecting the environment and supporting our communities. We hope this donation makes a big difference for charities who are working so hard this winter”.

Buildbase stock will be collected by local charities, which will then provide hot drinks to those in need over the cold winter days and nights.

Lucy Marston, Facilities Coordinator at The Salvation Army, received one of the donations. She said: “We support men and women who are experiencing homelessness for a variety of reasons and always appreciate donations which help to make their lives a little better. Without the generosity of companies like Buildbase and Reconomy we would not be able to offer vital services”

Diane Crowe, Head of Social Value and Sustainability at Reconomy, added:

“This is a great example of the value that Reconomy can deliver in partnership with its customers, using our unrivalled supply chain relationships across the country. We were delighted to be able to help Buildbase on this project – with a goal of thinking differently to drive reuse of resources and also deliver social value. Support for homeless people is a fundamental aim of our Reconomy Social Value Programme (RSVP) and we are committed to helping our customers achieve their own sustainability goals”.