The HMP Highland project team successfully hosted a Community Benefits Stakeholder Event in Inverness in November last year. The session was hosted by the SPS’ Operational Advisor for HMP Highland, Gordon McCauley, and Balfour Beatty Social Impact Manager, John Cairns, with partner presentations provided by G&A Barnie, Barnardos, CITB & Community Focus Scotland.
Our Executive Partner Balfour Beatty is leading the construction of HMP Highland, which will eventually replace HMP Inverness. The partnership event built upon one-to-one dialogue sessions which have been completed with key stakeholders by HMP Highland project team members over the past 6 months. The session provided an opportunity to discuss progress that has been made within preconstruction; with community benefits, captured ideas and opportunities for future development which gained firm commitment from partners, with the aim of creating a long-term legacy for the local community.
John Cairns, Social Impact Manager of Balfour Beatty reflected “The Community Benefits stakeholder event was an excellent opportunity to discuss our progress with the HMP Highland community benefits plan. Early engagement with local partners such as Barnardos, Apex, Mikeysline, DWP & DYW is key to delivering a meaningful and impactful community benefits plan and we are delighted to work with such a range of experienced partners who bring a deep understanding of the needs of the local Highland community.”
Our Developing Youth Workforce team is excited to be involved in this project, and looks forward to engaging with Balfour Beatty and the project team to create job opportunities for local young people.