Thames Water’s commitment to education and support for communities was recognised twice last week as the company collected two top awards.
The first gong was awarded to the firm’s education team in the business category at the STEMX Awards, hosted by education charity SATRO, for promoting STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) in school and colleges in Surrey and the South East.
The second award, presented by the Canal and River Trust, was for the support given to a community project in Enfield which saw Firs Farm playing field transformed into a wetland habitat.
Thames Water corporate responsibility manager Rosemary Waugh said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised for the great work we do inspiring young people and supporting environmental projects which really improve the communities we serve. Each year we visit hundreds of schools and also have pupils visit our own education centres and we know what they see and hear prompts many of them to consider STEM based careers, which are vital not only to us at Thames Water but also in so many other industries.”
Paul Hampton and Liz Banks (pictured above) collected the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony at the WWF’s Living Planet venue in Woking on September 27. Last year the team reached more than 20,000 pupils across London and the Thames Valley with around 3,000 of those visiting the company’s education centres in Didcot, Kingston-upon-Thames, Rickmansworth, Slough and Walthamstow.
The Living Waterways Award was presented by the Canal and River Trust to Thames Water’s community projects manager Cathy Kompfner (pictured below) and Ian Russell from the London Borough of Enfield at a service in Birmingham, also on September 27.
Thames Water contributed £221,000 to the Firs Farm project and has committed to further funding in the future for a community hub. The project saw the London Borough of Enfield and the Friends of Firs Farm group create the wetland on a previously underused open space but now provides home to a diverse range of wildlife. It was highlighted by judges for its “amazing partnership working”.
Rosemary added: “We’re really proud of the fact that since 2014 we’ve approved £6.1m of funding for community projects and our trust fund which aims to support charitable groups within our area through projects that link to our core business of water supply and wastewater treatment.”
For more information on Thames water’s corporate responsibility projects visit our community pages.