As Wales faces a wide array of economic, social, environmental, and cultural challenges it is important that public bodies and businesses work together to achieve the aims set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. Before the act passed into law in 2015, GD was already implementing initiatives in line with the 7 well-being goals. By working with GD, we will continue to assist them to meet their obligations by continuing our corporate responsibilities to achieve the kind of Wales we all want to see.
For the last few years, we’ve taken part in the Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Our transport operative Alisha was placed into her current full-time role via this scheme and is currently being trained and undertaking waste qualifications.
We’ve been engaged in woodland creation schemes over the last 25 years planting over 100 acres of trees in South Wales. We aren’t stopping there; we recently submitted an expression of interest to plant another 40 acres in the same area.
Employee Assistance Programmes and Benefits Schemes are paid for by the company to offer online support, tools, and rewards to connect with and celebrate our employees more effectively. We have a fully functioning gym at our head office for all staff to use and boast two mental health first aiders in the company to ensure our staffs’ mental well-being, as well as physical is prioritised and nurtured.
GD has been engaged in a rehabilitation of offenders’ scheme with HM Prescoed since 2015. We help offenders reintegrate back into society by offering paid work during their day release. So far, we have employed over 25 personnel off the back of this scheme.
As part of the Keep Wales Tidy initiative, a group staff and family members took part in a litter pick along the River Usk in Newport. We filled 2 cage vans full of waste which was then processed by GD at our transfer station; free of charge.
We currently sponsor a handful of rugby teams in Wales such as Newport U11s, Rhiwbina Rugby Club, Newport High School Old Boys and Whiteheads Rugby Club providing funds for kit, equipment or providing waste management free of charge. We are also a major sponsor of the Caerleon Arts Festival which is an annual celebration of arts, environment and culture from Wales. Our next aim is to sponsor an award at the 2023 Eisteddfod.
Since 2013, we’ve raised over £210,000 for Velindre Cancer Centre via several fundraising efforts from pub quizzes, marathons, cycling treks, golf days and collection pots. Our most recent golf day raised £22,500 to support cancer diagnosis, treatment, and research in Wales.