Heathrow welcomes new community rangers
Heathrow News: what is in the latest edition? This week the latest edition of Heathrow News, our quarterly local newspaper, arrived on doorsteps across our local community
We’re bringing you some of our favourite stories from this summer to mark the launch of the latest edition. Read on to discover the great work we’ve done with our local communities and schools, with the help of our fantastic volunteers and partners.
Meet the Heathrow Rangers
Do you live in Stanwell, Stanwell Moor or Colnbrook & Poyle? If so, you might have met John and Lee, our new Heathrow Community Rangers. They will be working with local people and partners to help maintain a tidy, safe and attractive environment for you and your community.
Whether it is leading Heathrow volunteers to improve outdoor space at local schools or reporting fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, our Community Rangers will be working hard to enhance the unique charm of communities around the airport and improving your quality of life.
You can find out more by visiting www.heathrow.com/company/community-and-environment/community.
Umbrellas bring the sunshine at Heathrow
This summer, Heathrow worked with the ADHD Foundation to celebrate the superpowers of those with neuro-developmental disorders in a unique way.
300 colourful umbrellas were hung from the roof of Terminal 5 in a display inspired by the way in which ADHD and autism are used as ‘umbrella terms’ for many neurological conditions.
Alongside our work with the ADHD Foundation, one of Heathrow’s network groups, Heathrow Airport’s Network for Disability (HAND) are now planning an exciting new project to help neurodiversity to flourish at Heathrow and around the wider community.
Equipping future generations
The Heathrow School Challenge returned this year with a bang. The Challenge, which invests in over 50 schools across 7 boroughs, inspires the next generation to consider a career at the airport. This year William Byrd Primary, Heathrow Primary, Colnbrook Primary and Pippins Primary joined the ranks of local schools supported through the Challenge.
Students are challenged to work in teams to solve practical coding problems relating to the airport, helping develop their enterprise and interpersonal skills. It also gave older students an opportunity to develop skills aimed at enhancing their chances for employment and further study.
Bloomin’ marvellous on the Heathrow Express
The Heathrow Express has been serving the passengers of Heathrow tirelessly since 1998. The non-stop service has carried over 60 million business travellers since launching and remains the fastest rail link between the airport and central London.
In honour of the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, our passengers were treated to something special. Over 3,000 hydrangeas, wisterias and lavender stems were used to fill one of the 23-metre long carriages in a beautiful display of colours.
Creator of the display, Jamie Aston, told us: “We wanted to create something which would bring a smile to passengers’ faces”
Supporting a diverse workforce
The Heathrow Community Fund (HCF) is just one of the many ways we at Heathrow give back to our local communities. In 2018, the HCF has awarded over £174,000 in new grants to a variety of community programmes with over 21,000 people benefitting as a result.
This year, £5,000 in grants went to Ealing Mencap and its initiative, Project Search. Project Search is a one-year internship programme, where 12 interns can access online college training courses, develop their CVs and build the confidence necessary to move into the world of work.
To find out more and apply for funding, visit www.heathrowcommunityfund.com