Hartlepool businesses join forces to support local hospice

Seymour Civil Engineering has pledged its support to Alice House Hospice’s Moonlight Memory Walk 2018, one of the charity’s most popular and well established events.

In partnership with hospice patron J&B Recycling, Seymour has co-sponsored the five mile night time walk which takes place on September 8. The route leaves Hartlepool College of Further Education at 10pm and is a circuit turning round at the halfway point at Seaton Carew Golf Club.

Mark Penny, Commercial Manager at J&B Recycling, said: “J&B is incredibly proud to be able to sponsor the Moonlight Memory Walk this year. The company has been a member of the hospice’s Guild of Patrons for a number of years now, working to support the work the hospice does in the local community, which also brings benefit to both our employees and customers.”

Seymour Civil Engineering’s Lisa Gooding added: “The work of the hospice touches the hearts of so many in Hartlepool and its surrounding areas, to be able to give back to the hospice means a great deal to Seymour. A number of Seymour employees have taken part in the walk in previous years and the event is always a really good night. We’re keen to help make this year the biggest and best yet.”

Both businesses are celebrating significant business milestones, with J&B celebrating its 20th anniversary and Seymour its 40th. The two organisations are long term supporters of local hospice care and over the years have helped with funding and resources for a variety of projects.

Greg Hildreth, a fundraiser at the Hospice said “we are delighted that Hospice patients and their families can benefit from the ongoing support of these very generous businesses. Both companies have been invaluable in funding the delivery of our care services. Support such as this offsets running costs of events and helps ensure that the money raised can go straight back into helping people in need. We hope that lots of people will join us for another memorable evening.”

Entrants to the Moonlight Memory Walk will receive pre-event refreshments as well as a fantastic warm up disco from Walter Barton of Deck One and there will also be a late supper provided on completion of the walk. To register, go to www.alicehousehospice.co.uk or call Janice on 01429 855536 to request a paper form.

Sisters are doing it for STEMselves 

TWO Teesside sisters have bucked the trend of women in STEM, by climbing the ladder in both the science and engineering sectors.

 

Statistics show that women make up only 12% of all STEM employees in the UK, yet 18-year-old Klaudia Robinson, from Hartlepool swapped her childhood dream of becoming a hairdresser for a career in engineering, thanks to an insight in to the world of STEM careers provided by her older sister.

 

Klaudia, a Management Trainee at Seymour Civil Engineering, who is currently studying for a HNC in Building Studies at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said:

“I don’t think girls really think of careers in science, maths, engineering and technology as options when they’re at school because there are so many more stereotypically feminine subjects and career routes that you are more aware of.

 

“All through school I wanted to become a hairdresser but when I got a taste of a career in STEM, thanks to my sister Kensey, I quickly changed my mind.”

 

Kensey Robinson, 20, started her journey in to STEM when she completed an apprenticeship through Hartlepool College, with the Hartlepool based medical diagnostics company, Hart Biologicals, in 2015.

 

Since then Kensey has gone on to work as a Lab Technician, working on a number of the firm’s largest projects.

 

She said: “Whilst at school I’d never thought about going in to a science-related career, but I was really enjoying the subject so one of my career advisors brought to my attention the apprentice vacancy at Hart Biologicals.

 

“During my first year of College, studying for a BTEC in additional science, I was the only girl in a class of boys, headed by a male tutor.

 

“It didn’t faze me, as I wasn’t worried about being the only girl, but having female role models for young girls to look up to is important. I hope one day I can be a role model to young girls interested in a career in science.”

 

Both Klaudia and Kensey have been actively involved in promoting STEM careers to school and college students in the region, accompanying Seymour Civil Engineering and Hart Biological’s STEM ambassadors to careers events and open days across the North East. In addition, Klaudia has also become a CITB ambassador.

 

This year, for the second time running, Seymour Civil Engineering has been recognised for its commitment to inspiring the engineers of the future, by being award the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Mike Gardiner Cup, for support of the institute’s education programme.

 

Klaudia said: “During my time at college, I have always been one of very few women. It’s something that I’m used to now and it’s only when I stop to think about it that I realise just what a difference in gender there is in engineering and construction.

 

“As a whole, when you see images representing STEM careers, they tend to show men busy working on a construction site, men in a science lab, or male maths teachers in the classroom. Those images reinforce the perception that those industries are for men.

 

“Kensey is the reason I decided to go for an apprenticeship, and I’m truly grateful that I got the insight into STEM from her that I did. My career in engineering, working for Seymour, has been fantastic so far as no two days are ever the same. With new projects coming in all the time, I always have something new and exciting to work on.

 

“We are typical sisters and we still argue, but by both completing apprenticeships, and working in fields that aren’t the norm for girls our age, I definitely think we’ve grown closer.

 

“I’m really proud of Kensey and how well she’s done. It makes me smile to hear the most squeamish person I know come home and talk about how she’s been testing rabbit brains.”

 

To learn more about a career in engineering or apply for a position with Seymour Civil Engineering, visit the website here: http://seymourcec.co.uk/careers.php

Success for Seymour at the Constructing Excellence Awards 2018

 

“Winning so many awards against such strong competition, really puts Seymour and Hartlepool on the map for civil engineering excellence.”

 

The words of Seymour Civil Engineering’s Business Development Manager, Lisa Todd, in the wake of the company’s outstanding success at this year’s Constructing Excellence North East awards.

 

The team from Seymour, attended the glittering awards ceremony at Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park and scooped four awards recognising both the company’s ethos and commitment to excellence, as well as its high-level projects.

 

The Hartlepool based civil engineering firm, alongside Highly Commended for both the People and Development award and SME of the Year, were crowned the winners of the Health, Safety and Well-being award, judged and presented by Northumbrian Water, and the Civils Project of the Year for its work on the Hartlepool Headland Town Wall in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council.

 

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “The Constructing Excellence Awards is always a highlight on our calendar, and to be not only be recognised alongside some of the biggest construction and civil engineering firms in the region, but to receive highly commended and award wins in a number of categories is a real testament to how fantastic Seymour Civil Engineering is.

 

“In this our 40th year, to have our company and our projects recognised so highly makes me incredibly proud. I’m looking forward to taking our trophies back to the team and sharing our successes, as without our brilliant and committed staff Seymour wouldn’t be the firm it is today.”

 

Seymour, alongside Hartlepool Borough Council, has won multiple awards with the Headland Town Wall project. In 2017 the project won the ICE’s prestigious Robert Stephenson award for projects valued £0.5m-£4m. It was also named Project of the Year by the North East’s Civil Engineering Contractors Association.

 

The company is currently working as the lead contractor on another council partnered project, the £3.4m regeneration of Hartlepool’s Church Street and Church Square area.

 

Kevin added: “Recognising our 40th anniversary this year has been very important to us, and especially important when looking at the community surrounding us and how the work of Seymour is continuing to impact the town in which we work and recruit from.

 

“We complete work up and down the country, but there’s always something special in being awarded for a landmark project completed on our very own doorstep that will positively affect the town as a whole and also the people that work for us.

 

“We have a number of anniversary celebrations scheduled over the next few months and the awards have been the perfect way to kick-start the festivities.

 

“Here’s to the next 40 years.”

Seymour lays solid foundations for 40th year

Seymour Civil Engineering has kicked off its 40th anniversary celebrations in style after stealing the night at this year’s Hartlepool Business Awards.

 

The team, who attended the glittering awards ceremony at the Hartlepool Borough Hall, celebrated a double award win picking up the Investment in Training award, closely followed by the diamond of the night, being named the Overall Business of the Year.

 

Karl Brennan, Pre-Construction Director at the firm, said: “It was brilliant to win the Business of the Year Award at this year’s event, especially as it is a very special year for the firm. Seymour is a Hartlepool company, which is proud to have its roots in the town, and to win this award on our 40th anniversary year is an absolutely fantastic achievement.

 

“I am really proud to be a part of Seymour and was truly honoured to have been able to accept the trophy at the award event this year. I’m looking forward to taking it back to our head office in Hartlepool and sharing it with all the colleagues who have made Seymour what it is today and who have made winning possible.”

 

Over the past 12 months alone the Hartlepool based firm has carried out a diverse range of flagship projects, both within the town and across the wider North East and Yorkshire region.

 

Seymour is currently carrying out work on the revitalisation of Church Street and Church Square in Hartlepool on behalf of Hartlepool Borough Council, as well as finishing up the civil and infrastructure work at Beamish Open Air Museum, as part of its £18m expansion project.

 

Within the past year, a number of Seymour’s completed projects have been recognised for their high standards. Most recently, work carried out on the Hartlepool Headland town wall sea defences, in partnership with Hartlepool Council and the Environment Agency, was named Project of the Year by North East’s Civil Engineering Contractors Association.

 

The association also awarded the firm a further three awards, recognising its outstanding work in Health and Safety, Training, and Going the Extra Mile.

 

In addition, Seymour have nine shortlisting across 7 categories at the forthcoming Construction Excellence North East Awards 2018 which includes two shortlistings for Civil Project of the Year and SME of the Year.

 

Karl added: “We’re a business that doesn’t see standing still as an option. We have continuously reinvented ourselves, innovating in a number of different civil disciplines from drainage strategies and sea defences to urban regeneration schemes and historic restoration services.

 

“Recognising the 40th anniversary over the next few months is going to be really exciting and we have lots of celebrations planned. Yet we’re in it for the long game and our success doesn’t stop here. We are constantly looking at how we can make the next 40 years of Seymour a thriving success, pushing the business to the next level in every way possible.”

Seymour recognised for its commitment to inspiring the engineers of the future.

 

Seymour Civil Engineering’s passion for inspiring and nurturing future generations of civil engineers has been formally recognised, as the company was presented with the Mike Gardiner Cup at this year’s ICE North East annual dinner, for the second year running.

 

The Mike Gardiner Cup is an award presented to the company who has shown outstanding support of the Institute of Civil Engineers Education Programme, and has been proactive in engaging with the younger generations across the North East.

 

Kevin Byrne, Seymour’s Managing Director, who was presented with the cup at the ICE annual dinner at the end of April, said: “As a business we see the importance of inspiring the next generations to consider a career within the civil engineering industry and we are passionate about showcasing the industry to the engineers of the future in any way we can.

 

“It’s no secret that our industry is facing a pretty serious skills shortage, one that if not tackled will have a serious impact on the future of the civil engineering sector. Seymour has an apprenticeship programme that we’re incredibly proud of, that has supported young engineers into the business and has given them the grounds to really excel within the industry.

“In addition to this, we also recognise the importance of engaging with the engineers of the future as early as possible, to ensure that 13/14 year olds choosing their subjects at GCSE have all the information they need to consider a career within engineering.”

Over the past 12 months, Seymour has attended a number of interactive events across the North East, showcasing the ICE’s cable stayed bridge, an activity which gives school children the opportunity to have a go at building and dismantling a 13m span cable stayed bridge.

Kevin added: “Civil engineers design, build and maintain the world around us and make our day-to-day activities possible. Interactive activities like the cable stayed bridge reveal to younger students the impact that civil engineering has in our modern society.

“The bridge exercise has been even more impactful this year as for many of the children taking part in the activity, the construction of the Northern Spire, the cable-stayed bridge over the River Wear in Sunderland, is happening right on their doorsteps.”

As well as exhibiting at numerous events, Seymour has strong connections with a number of local schools and colleges, with employees acting as STEM ambassadors and CITB Construction ambassadors committing time and resources to attending career events, pushing the opportunities available within the engineering sector.

Taking home, the Mike Gardiner Cup has kicked started what the company hopes will be a successful awards season as it celebrates its 40th year anniversary.

Seymour Civil Engineering has made it down to the final in seven out of 14 categories, totalling nine shortlistings across all the categories, at the 2018 Construction Excellence North East awards, as well as being shortlisted in three categories, including Company of the Year, in this year’s Hartlepool Business Awards.

At the recent Civil Engineering Contractors Association North East awards, they swept the board winning Project of the Year, Going the Extra Mile Award, Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year.

Seymour Civil Engineering dominates industry awards

Seymour Civil Engineering has made it down to the final in seven out of 14 categories, totalling 9 shortlistings at the Construction Excellence North East (CENE) Awards 2018.

 

The firm, which this year celebrates its 40th year anniversary, has been shortlisted for the People Development award, the Health, Safety and Wellbeing award, and for SME of the Year, amongst others.

 

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director at Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “It really is a testament to the hard work that we have collectively undertaken and the diverse range of pioneering projects that we have been working on during the last 12 months across all areas of the business.

 

“This year we have grown and improved in every single department from our apprentices and training programmes to our brilliant team on the ground carrying out work across all our sites, and I’m incredibly happy that this has been recognised by the CENE body.”

 

In the wake of the company developing and launching its own digital training portal, Seymour has been shortlisted for the Innovation award. For its work on the Hartlepool Town Wall project, completed in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, the company has also been shortlisted for the Preservation and Rejuvenation award.

 

Seymour are incredibly proud to have two projects shortlisted in both the Integration & Collaborative Working Award and The Civils Project of the Year categories, which include the already multiple award winning Hartlepool Headland Town Wall project and the Whitley Bay Northern Promenade Walk, completed in partnership with Kier North Tyneside.

 

The annual ceremony, which celebrates everything that the North East Built Environment has to be proud of, will be held at the Marriott in Gosforth, on the 14th June.

 

At the 2017 event Seymour was awarded highly commended in the Project of the Year category, for the Brunton Park flood alleviation scheme, which was completed in partnership with Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency.

 

Kevin added: “The past 12 months have been fantastic for Seymour Civil Engineering. We have started work on a number of really exciting, wide ranging projects across a number of industries for public and private clients located right across the North East – further cementing our position as a leading independent civil engineering firm in the region.”

 

Over the past 12 months, Seymour has won a number of other prestigious awards in recognition of its hard work within the trade. Last year Seymour won four awards at the North East Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) awards.

 

Sweeping the board, Seymour was named Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year, as well as taking home the Project of the Year and the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ awards, both for the work they carried out on the Hartlepool Town Wall project in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council.

Seymour makes Egg-ceptional donation to Newcastle food bank

Thanks to the generosity of team members from Seymour Civil Engineering, hundreds of children in Newcastle will have a smile on their faces this Easter.

Employees from the North East-based civil engineering firm teamed up with Beamish Museum staff to collect over 200 chocolate Easter eggs, which have been donated to the Newcastle West End Foodbank, helping parents who can’t afford them this Easter.

Tom Brown, Site Manager at Seymour, received a message from Greg Tennet, who volunteers at the foodbank, asking if he could contribute to the shortage of Easter eggs they have received this year.

Tom said: ‘’As a parent myself, this got me pretty upset knowing that families in the North East struggle to afford a £1 Easter egg for their child. After a chat with all the site staff and site operatives at from Seymour, Beamish Museum and Linear Recruitment, we decided to donate as many Easter eggs as we could.’’

The company, who are working on the £18 million ‘Remaking Beamish’ expansion project at the open air museum in County Durham, came together and managed a total count of 212 eggs with a further £20 in donations.

Tom continued: ‘’It was a great moment turning up to the foodbank with bags and bags of eggs, the staff were smiling from ear to ear. To most people, it’s only a bit of chocolate, it’s pretty meaningless, but to those less fortunate it can potentially brighten their whole day.’’

He continued: “I could not be prouder of my team; they have no idea how happy they will make so many children in the North East this Easter. As a network, we want to see more people helped out of crisis and fewer people needing foodbanks in the future.’’

Newcastle West End Foodbank helps provide for around 40,000 people in Newcastle every year, but this would not be possible without contribution from the public.

Hairdresser Greg, who volunteers regularly at the foodbank said: “Tom and I have been friends since childhood. I reached out to him on the off chance, so when he got back to me to let me know he’d asked everyone at work I was amazed, one little idea can go such a long way. “

He added: “If we live in a city where people are going hungry we aren’t doing enough. Direct action is so important, so many foodbanks need contributions which means we need to do much more to donate and to help each other.’’

Newcastle West End Foodbank, founded in 2004, is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities, as well as across the UK.

Greg continued: ‘‘I organised a ‘The Big Family Food shop’ event at Christmas, which managed to raise over £3,000 worth of food which was amazing, but events like that are something that need to be contributed to all year round.’’

“Contributions to the cause don’t need to be expensive, even if it’s just a few tins that are sitting in the back of your cupboard it all helps. Hygiene products are also welcomed, every little thing adds up and it makes such a big difference to the people who need it most.’’ He added.

With one in five of the UK population living below the poverty line, The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies and support to those in crisis. Of these, over 430,000 went to children.

If you want to donate, Newcastle West End Food bank is located in Grainger Market, Newcastle City Centre, alternatively you can visit there site at https://newcastlewestend.foodbank.org.uk/

Seymour site manager included in The Rising Stars of STEM North East round up

Name: Victoria Greenwell

Age: 32

Job Title: Site Manager at Seymour Civil Engineering

 

  • What are your key responsibilities within your role as a site manager?

My main responsibility is ensuring all works are completed to the highest standard and that they’re in line with the relevant specifications and construction drawings. This involves a lot but in short, I am responsible for the completion of work, the management of personnel on site, ensuring health and safety measures are implemented to minimise risk, all whilst delivering schemes on time, on budget and to the satisfaction of our clients. No pressure!

 

  • What attracted you to a career in STEM?

Construction is in my blood for sure. My father owned a local construction company and I spent a lot of time on site with him growing up.

Initially I went to study for a degree in sports science at Northumbria University. I completed two years of the sport course but I didn’t feel satisfied in what I was doing, so I swapped to a BSc Hons degree in Construction Management. There seemed to be so many more opportunities within construction, with an abundance of projects happening that would be really exciting to work on. Plus, nobody else I knew seemed to be interested in it, and it’s always nice to be doing something different to everyone.

For the courses I required a year in industry, I secured a position as a site engineer with Byzak Engineering. This was my first step in to civil engineering and I’ve never looked back working my way up the ladder to Site Manager.

 

  • What are your main career achievements to date?

I’ve been working for Seymour Civil Engineering for three and a half years and I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wealth of different projects across the North East.

My biggest career achievement has to be the work I’m currently managing on the A19/A1058 improvement scheme. The project is to undertake the drainage kerb package on the £75m upgrade of the Silverlink junction in North Tyneside, for Sisk Lagan who are constructing a triple decker roundabout, which will dramatically reduce the queuing time of people travelling along the A19 at peak times. Our works on this site led to Seymour being crowned ‘Supply Chain Partner of the Year Civils UK’ at the recent John Sisk and Sons Supply Chain awards.

Working on projects that are going to have a positive impact on society and the economy is really fulfilling –  on project completion when I step back and look at what my team has achieved, the sense of pride is immense.

 

  • Looking ahead what are your ambitions for your STEM career?

The next step for me is to become a project manager within the next few years.

I’m pregnant at the moment, and will be going on maternity leave in the summer, but becoming a mother hasn’t changed my ambitious career plans.

I’m very driven because I’m in a career that I love and want to excel in. Plenty of senior women in the industry are mothers and I plan to join them.

 

  • What’s your message to youngsters who might be considering a STEM career?

Be confident, ask plenty of questions, don’t be afraid to admit when you’re unsure and need help, and work really hard.

People will always try to get ahead in life by putting you down, but that’s the same in every industry. Just keep going and always believe in your own ability.

 

For the full round up, visit The Chronicle website

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/rising-stars-stem-shine-light-14312691

Will celebrates ongoing success as a trainee civil engineer

This National Apprenticeship Week, Seymour Civil Engineering is celebrating the success of a former apprentice, who’s passion and drive to succeed within the construction industry resulted in him being named a finalist in the Generation 4 Change CENE Student of the Year Award 2017.

Will Wood, 21, joined Seymour Civil Engineering in September 2012 as a Management Trainee apprentice, alongside studying for a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at the College.

Since then, Will has gone on to complete a HNC in Civil Engineering through the College and is currently working towards a BEng (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering at Teesside University.

Will said: “Within the first year of my apprenticeship I spent time shadowing team members within different departments, covering everything from accounts and estimating, to quantity surveying and working on-site.

“As I wasn’t very familiar with the different roles available within the industry, this approach gave me the chance to shadow team members, gain a thorough understanding of the business as a whole, and narrow down which areas interested me the most.

“A real turning point for me was getting the chance to work as an engineer’s assistant on one of Seymour’s largest projects at the Lake Estate in Hebburn, near Gateshead.

“It quickly became obvious to me that being out on-site and getting stuck in was where I wanted to be. Thanks to the encouragement of the site engineers that I was working with, I took a turn at completing various jobs and over time I found myself doing more and more, unaided. Slowly and surely, I was doing full days and becoming a competent engineer.”

Will has been involved in multiple projects to date covering many different aspects of civil engineering including drainage jobs, groundworks, foundations for housing projects, sewer diversion, development infrastructure, highway works and sea defence works.

Stand out schemes for Will have included working as a site engineer on the award-winning Hartlepool Town Wall project, and working as a site supervisor on the regeneration of Church Street and Church Square in the town.

“Working on-site was really daunting at first and I constantly questioned whether I could do the jobs I was being given. Yet my team knew I was capable and were there to support me.

“Looking back they weren’t asking me to do anything overly complicated, but the fact they trusted me to work by myself helped massively towards growing my confidence. I had no other choice than to stand on my own two feet and get on with it, and as scary as it was at times, there was always someone available to help me if I needed it.

“When I started my apprenticeship I was quite shy and not very outgoing, yet spending time in a working environment from being 16 has helped me develop and grow as a person. I am now more than happy to step up to responsibilities and speak to people.

“When I compare myself to other students on my university course now, I can confidently say I am head and shoulders above them, not only in terms of experience in the industry, but in my work mentality.

“It’s quite crazy to think how far I’ve come since starting at Seymour in 2012. My apprenticeship has provided me with so many incredible opportunities that have forged me a career I love in a brilliant industry, and without it I’m not sure where I would be now.

Having completed the programme, Will highly recommends taking the apprenticeship route in to the engineering industry.

“Apprenticeships are without a doubt the best way for young people to start a career in an area that they may not have heard of or even considered before, which tends to be the case for civil engineering.

“Many classroom based programs often fail to teach the specific skills and techniques required on the job, yet an apprenticeship gives you the practical experience alongside the theory, the opportunity to embed what you’ve learnt by putting it in to practice straight away.”

“Sitting back and watching the skills gap grow in front of our eyes can no longer be an option if the industry is going to keep up with the ever-growing demand for qualified professionals. 2018 needs to be the year that civil engineering firms invest in their futures, by going the extra mile to inspire the next generation.

“It’s all about investing in apprentices, prioritising their development, and beaming with pride watching them flourish and grow within their roles. I’ll be eternally grateful for the chance Seymour gave me, and I now believe it’s my turn to encourage the engineers of the future.”

Seymour applauds success of student volunteer

 

This Student Volunteering Week, Seymour Civil Engineering is applauding the commitment of apprentice Klaudia Robinson, in her new volunteer role as a mentor for Changing Futures North East.

Klaudia, 18, joined Seymour Civil Engineering as a management trainee in 2016, alongside studying for a BTEC level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

She began her volunteering last year with Changing Futures, a family mediation charity based in Hartlepool which aims to improve the lives of children through family relationships.

Klaudia said: “Within the first year of my apprenticeship I grew more aware of the work that Changing Futures North East did, as Seymour regularly took part in fundraising initiatives for the charity, such as it’s Christmas Jumper Day. Our Managing Director also took part in an event held by the charity which brought to our attention the amazing work they do in the community.

“I was really drawn to the work that the charity did, so when a co-worker approached me, asking if I’d be interested in joining her to volunteer as a mentor, I looked in to it and it seemed like a really good opportunity.

“As a mentor for Changing Futures, I’m there to provide support for the child I’m matched with. Every Thursday, we attend a two-hour group session together, to discuss a range of different topics, and after we have the opportunity to sit together, away from the group, and chat about anything we like.

“Since starting in September last year I have built a really good relationship with my mentee. It’s been brilliant to see them blossom in confidence and the more they confide in me the more I know they’re comfortable and trusting of me. I’m seen as their friend, rather than as a social worker or a teacher, which means they feel they can talk openly and honestly to me.

“I’d always wanted to get involved in some form of volunteering, but with juggling work and my studies I had started to write off the idea thinking I just wouldn’t have the time.

“However, Seymour have been really encouraging and have accommodated my volunteering massively. They allow me to leave early on a Thursday so I can go pick up my mentee before our group session, and if there are any courses I’m required to attend, even if it’s on an evening, they will give me those hours back.

“Without Seymour’s support it would have been too much to take on, so I’m so glad that I’ve been given this opportunity. Mentoring is so fulfilling, and being able to give back and support someone who needs it makes me feel really good.”

Supporting her to achieve her ambition to become a Quantity Surveyor, Seymour is now funding Klaudia to complete her Higher National Diploma in Building Studies at the College.