First Hydro Company places high priority on its role as a patron for a wide range of initiatives that benefit local communities, education, sport, the arts and the environment.
First Hydro Company Sponsorships & Donations Policy
(1) We will devote the majority of the sponsorship and donations budget on activities whose principal effect will be to benefit the local communities in which we operate.
(2) We will administer sponsorship and donations, and help 'in kind' in the following areas:
- Educational programmes.
- Culture and the Arts.
- Environmental initiatives.
- Health and Sport.
- Supporting the efforts of our staff in community based projects.
- We will also support activities geared to helping the disabled play a full part in the above.
(3) Unless specifically approved by the First Hydro Company Management Team, support will not normally be given to:
- Individuals (except in exceptional circumstances).
- National charities (unless full proceeds are for local benefit).
- Expeditions and trips.
- Support advertising. Political,
- Military or religious organisations.
Sponsorships/donations will be approved by the Match Funding, Sponsorship and Donations Committee, who meet monthly to review any requests received.
Measuring the value of Sponsorships & Donations to First Hydro Company
Value is added to First Hydro Company through improving relationships with and the co-operation of individuals, community groups and local businesses.
Measuring the benefits of sponsorships and donations is difficult, but may include:
- Estimating the number of individuals who benefit.
- Press coverage.
- Stimulating visits to the power stations.
- Increased exposure/awareness amongst the local community.
- Maintenance of good relationships with local communities.
- Maintain low numbers of external complaints.
Additionally this type of community work can be seen as First Hydro Company's contribution to sustainable development.
Community Relations Summary
First Hydro Company has sponsored local outdoor events such as the Snowdonia Marathon, Slateman Triathlon, the Snowdon Race etc. Events such as these attract a wide range of athletes and are regarded as a few of the most demanding events, as well as bringing an extra bonus to local businesses.
Gwynjim Gymnastics is a new gymnastics club based in Bangor. Since opening its doors in April 2012, it has grown from eight to 150 members. As a club, it is important to them that children of all abilities have an opportunity to become involved in sport and to find physical confidence from that involvement.
First Hydro was pleased to make a financial contribution to enable the club to purchase a Junior Bar pro and junior gym beam. This new equipment has enabled the club to increase the variety of activities offered to the children and therefore offering them an opportunity to improve their skill set.