Social Engagement

INEOS is funding Strathcarron Hospice@Home service for the month of July

The INEOS Community Fund was established by the INEOS owners in March 2020 as part of the company’s social response to the Covid-19 pandemic. INEOS employees worldwide were invited to nominate local charities and good causes around the company’s 183 sites that had been adversely affected by the pandemic.

During the qualifying period, the fund has provided grants to support a range of community charities including food banks, hospices, homeless centres, mental health and domestic abuse services. One of those receiving a Grant was Strathcarron Hospice – nominated by two employees at Grangemouth.

The following statement was issued by the Hospice:

Strathcarron Hospice has received a generous donation of £22,422 from INEOS, which will be used to fund its Hospice@Home service for the month of July.

Strathcarron’s Hospice@Home service is the only model of its kind in Scotland and enables people to remain at home, surrounded by everyone and everything they love, in their last weeks of life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has seen a significant increase in the number of people being referred to this service.

Dying is a fundamentally human experience and a key challenge is to recognise that the home is the preferred care setting for many. Figures from Hospice UK show that 75% of people want to die at home, but only 25% actually do. Because of the Coronavirus, and the restrictions put in place on visiting hospitals and hospices, it has been even more important for people to remain at home in familiar surroundings and in the company of close family and friends. This was particularly true for Joyce whose mum recently benefitted from the care and support of Strathcarron’s Hospice@Home team:

"Self-isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic was just too much for our mum and most definitely hastened her illness. Like the majority of the country our family was observing the “Stay at Home” regulations but by phone conversations we could sense things weren’t right. I was shocked to realise just how true that was.

For a couple of weeks, I felt we were so alone but then the district nurses visited and immediately put help in place. They contacted Strathcarron’s Hospice@Home team whom we cannot praise highly enough. The service was quite new four years ago when our dad was really ill so we had experienced their care then (although for a shorter period of time)

I was immediately reassured on opening the door to the Hospice@Home team on that first day. Caring, capable, compassionate, kind, are the words that immediately spring to mind. They made such a difference to mum in the way of emotional and personal care and gave such reassurance to my sister and myself.

It is an old cliché but words cannot do justice to the care of the Hospice@Home Team. Nor could a monetary value be placed, as it is priceless.  It is a really wonderful service."

Jenny Stevenson, Hospice@Home Lead Nurse added: “Our Hospice@Home service is run in its entirety on donations, receiving no statutory funding, and this support from INEOS could not have come at a more crucial time. With our charity shops closed, fundraising events, campaigns and collections cancelled, this type of financial support is needed now more than ever. We firmly believe that people should be where they want to be when they die. If this is at home, in their own bed, with music playing, family or pets around, then that is what we will strive to achieve. The donation from INEOS will help us to make this possible for around 40-50 over the next month, and we are so incredibly grateful. The money really will make the most meaningful difference, at the most difficult time right now, and it most definitely will not be forgotten by us, or the families who benefit from this support.”

Andrew Gardner, CEO INEOS in Grangemouth, said: “INEOS employees at Grangemouth are very aware of the special contribution and commitment the staff at Strathcarron Hospice provide to their patients and their relatives. We are extremely pleased to be able to help the Hospice, through this gift, to manage the increase in the number of patients choosing their Hospice@Home service during the pandemic. This means that patients will continue to have the option to be cared for in the last weeks of their lives at home, surrounded by their loved ones, with the support of the caring staff from the Hospice.”

INEOS Community Fund extends lifeline to Maddiston Food Bank as COVID-19 sees three-fold increase in referrals for its services

  • Braes Storehouse Food Bank, based in Maddiston, is the latest local community group in the Falkirk Council area to benefit from a Community Fund established by INEOS
  • Braes Storehouse Food Bank’s James Lawder, says, “The Grant we have received from the INEOS Community Fund is vital. It will allow us to continue to operate the food bank in the Braes area during the current lockdown restrictions and thereafter. It has come at just the right time for us.”
  • The Community Fund was established by INEOS owners Sir Jim Ratcliffe, John Reece and Andy Currie as part of the company’s social response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Braes Storehouse Food Bank has been supported with a grant from the INEOS Community Fund at a time when referrals for its service have seen a threefold increase.

Nominated by INEOS employee Ian Campbell, Pipeline Specialist, the £2000 donation will support the Braes Storehouse Food Bank help those people, in the Braes, Maddiston and surrounding local communities who find themselves in financial hardship. The Community Group also offers volunteering opportunities to bring people together to help those who are less fortunate than themselves. T

he Food Bank which receives referrals via Falkirk Council Social Work, Citizens Advice Bureau, Job Centres and local schools normally operates a six week food programme with toiletries and household items given out on Weeks 3 and 6. However, it has had to make significant changes as a consequence of the pandemic and the three fold increase in demand for the vital service it provides.

James Lawder, Treasurer for the Food Bank, said, “Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have had to adapt our operations and at the same time we have seen an increase in referrals. We are now offering emergency food bags plus a toiletries and household parcel with the option of top up food bags every two to three weeks. This means we are having to spend more on food plus toiletries and household items than we budgeted for. The Grant from INEOS has come just at the right time for us. It will allow us to continue to operate the food bank in the Braes area during the current lockdown restrictions and thereafter. ”

Nominating employee Ian said, “In the midst of all this uncertainty and sadness, this is really good news for a local community group undertaking very important work in the local communities adjacent to INEOS’ manufacturing site at Grangemouth. I would like to thank INEOS for their support.”

Business Studies pupils on course for new academic year

INEOS’ Grangemouth site provides ‘live learning resource’

“The pupils will now be starting the new academic year with real life examples from the commercial-world to support their studies.”

Pupils at Grangemouth High School will be starting the new academic year with an enhanced perspective on the ‘business world’ thanks to a two-week project they undertook in June with their local largest business, INEOS.

The innovative project was specifically designed to support the Business Studies syllabus through collaborative work between the school’s business department and the INEOS commercial team based at Grangemouth.

Peter Grant, Business Director for INEOS Chemicals at Grangemouth said, “This was a ‘first’ for the INEOS Grangemouth site. We have strong education/ business links with the high school based on promoting science, engineering and technological subjects and we were keen to develop a project that is focussed specifically on the commercial aspect of our operations.”

Working with teachers of the Business Studies Department the aim was to bring the school curriculum to life by providing real examples for students and teachers to refer to through the rest of the academic year.

Using the INEOS Grangemouth site as a ‘live case study’, almost 30 students spent the first day of the fortnight exploring various aspects of how a successful business operates. Each team was mentored over the course of the fortnight by INEOS Commercial Graduates and their managers, which culminated in a series of presentations delivered to a specially invited audience.

Stuart Keillor, Supply Chain Manager, INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth commented, “The quality of the presentations was very high and the pupils demonstrated a growing understanding of a number of key concepts from the world of business. The pupils will now be starting the new academic year with real life examples from the commercial-world to support their studies. We are confident that the interaction over the fortnight with our Commercial Graduates will be very useful in providing real applications to the academic concepts they will be covering as part of their business studies course.”

Media contact

David East (INEOS Grangemouth)    01324 476948 or 07768 301709

Employee volunteering

The Grangemouth site has a long tradition of supporting employees’ volunteering commitment. It forms the basis of our Social Investment programme.

Social Investment gives us the opportunity to enhance the positive nature of our business.

There are three basic elements to Grangemouth's Social Investment Strategy:

Community: our focus is firmly on supporting our local communities, to raise and maintain the site's profile and to support the voluntary activities of our employees

Education: encouraging science and engineering in local schools in support of our business needs

Enterprise: leveraging our expertise to promote growth in the local economy and Scotland.

Developing the Young Workforce

An annual plan of activities with Grangemouth High School has been drawn up that will deliver coordinated school student and teachers visits to the site as well as providing opportunities for employees to visit the school to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Duncan McIntosh, Learning and Development Manager, says: “Under the national Developing Young Workforce initiative we have been able to establish a formal framework with Grangemouth High School.  The framework helps INEOS employees to share their experience and knowledge in Science, Technology and Engineering with the school. Our presence close to the school makes it a perfect partnership to help prepare local school pupils for the world of work.”

The DYW strategy, which has been rolled out across Scotland, has the aim of helping support young people into employment and complements the work the site has continued to undertake in working with local schools.

In March the site welcomed two groups of students into the works laboratory from the school’s ‘Skills for Work Lab’ class. The students were given demonstrations of some of the analytical techniques used in one of Scotland’s most advanced industrial laboratories. They had the opportunity to contrast these with those used in the school laboratory and to discover some of the activities undertaken by a key employer that shares the same town as they do.