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NASC’S Charitable Donations Boosted by Member Generosity

NASC’S Charitable Donations Boosted by Member Generosity

Donations made by the NASC to two deserving charities at its 2018 Ball & Awards evening have been tripled – thanks largely to the generosity of members.

NASC President and TRAD Group CEO Des Moore presented the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and Demelza Hospice Care for Children with cheques for £10,000 each as part of the black tie event held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, last month.

He then urged members to help raise a further £5,000 for each charity through a five-lot charity auction.

This fundraising goal was surpassed several times over during the course of dinner, with guests digging deep with their bids, helping to push the total raised well past each lot’s reserve prices. These efforts were supported by a number of members’ substantial standalone donations, who approached either Des Moore or the Ball toastmaster to submit financial pledges.

Combined with the original £10,000 sum – and boosted by a £2,300 donation by CISRS – the NASC was delighted to reach a total fundraising figure of £60,000, which was split equally between each charity.

The NASC presented each charity with their cheques earlier this month.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this huge donation from the NASC members. We urgently need funding to sustain our helpline services and develop our Building Mental Health programme and this money will go a long way towards making a difference to our construction families in crisis.

“Thank you again to all the NASC members who were so very generous.”

Ryan Campbell, CEO of Demelza Children’s Hospice Care for Children, added: “This donation and the overwhelming support we have received from the NASC and the scaffolding community is so much appreciated.  This is a great boost to the care we are able to offer children with terminal conditions and their families.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “The money raised for these charities, predominantly from NASC members, will be one of the enduring memories of the 2018 Ball & Awards. The way members embraced the opportunity to support these two deserving charities both at the event and in the following days was great to see.

“I’d like to thank each and every member that helped boost the total donated for their efforts. I’d also like to thank all of the Ball & Awards sponsors for their association with the event. Without their backing we would not have been able to stage such a prestigious evening in the first place.”

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CISRS OSTS Continues to Thrive in Oman

CISRS OSTS Continues to Thrive in Oman

A training facility run in partnership by Safety and Access and Knowledge Gird in Oman has passed its first CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) annual audit.

A steady stream of Scaffolders, Inspectors and Supervisors have successfully completed OSTS programmes at the purpose-built centre since it opened in January this year.

Courses have taken place every month this year – undertaken by close to 200 operatives in total – and a number of courses set for 2019 are already fully booked.

The bulk of the training delivered to date has been Level 1 Scaffolder plus Basic Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisors courses, however the centre in now running Level 2 Scaffolder courses and is hoping to increase its CISRS OSTS delivery to include Level 3, CPD and Systems training in Cuplok.

CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley, who carried out the audit, said: “Safety and Access and Knowledge Grid have done a great job with the facility here as only 18 months ago this building was an empty shell. The newly refurbished practical area, classrooms, canteen and welfare facilities provide an excellent environment for training.

“Oman has really embraced the CISRS Overseas Scaffolders Training Scheme with three centres now operating within the region, all of which are proving very successful.”

Rick Statham, Joint Managing Director of Safety and Access, said: “We are really pleased with the skills centre set up, the way that Knowledge Grid has developed their training delivery and expanded their client base. We look forward to supporting all of our partners further to promote the CISRS OSTS scheme within Oman and throughout the region.”