Social Value

Community Investment

Community investment is an important part of the Aston Group social value programme. By working with our partners to support projects with a conventional funding shortfall, the business can create a positive impact for the communities served.

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Creating social value

By enhancing green spaces and buildings, forging partnerships with local colleges and supporting the upskilling of young people, the business creates social value in different ways.

  • Shared resource: By sharing our team resource, the business deploys our in-house strengths into underserved areas of the community, where it is needed most.
  • Partnership working: Through working with partners to create pre-employment training, community and environmental programmes, our projects directly support community residents.
  • Social mobility and enterprise: From providing start-up costs for local entrepreneurs’ micro-businesses, to providing expert advice where needed, Aston Group supports practical initiatives to encourage social mobility and enterprise.
  • Enhancing wellbeing: By allocating funding to enhance green spaces, Aston Group champions environmental projects that support wellbeing. From designing a wellbeing rest space for an ambulance station, to creating a disabled access ‘Secret Garden’ for a local primary school and transforming a dated science lab into a modern media room for a community centre, the social value investment programme has real benefits for the community.

Investing in green spaces

Haven House Hospice

Working with Haven House Children’s Hospice to clear an overgrown area in their grounds to improve the quality green space for the residents

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As part of our investment in green spaces, Aston Group has donated gardening tools, memorial benches and garden furniture to community groups and residents, whilst our employees have installed community vegetable gardens and planters.

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Aston Group has always invested in the upskilling of young people and our workforce. The business has donated boilers, radiators, plumbing materials, paint, PPE and solar panels to local colleges to assist with offering a wider range of training resources.


Aston Group co-designed an Electric Vehicle (EV) charger course with a local college and donated three sets of chargers as a training resource. This green energy project also involved a collaboration between Aston Group, the college and a local YouTuber to showcase the new technology and installation process. 

Looking within the community

The Aston Group social value community investment programme has also included repairing, replacing and painting residents’ gazebos, providing funding for school sheds to store wellbeing equipment and donating fridges, freezers, washing machines, televisions and microwaves to residents and food banks in need.

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Priory Court Lantern Parade

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Priory Court Lantern Parade

Community initiatives Aston Group have supported include the Priory Court Lantern Parade, the Young, Gifted and Black Awards, multiple arts and crafts social groups and many other events and projects.

Aston Group will continue to invest in local communities as part of a long-term social value programme.

Read more about our social value approach and community engagement programme.