Ryhurst is committed to adding value wtihin the communities in which we and our NHS partners work. We organise, promote and host a variety of events and initiatives that bring people together to do great things for their local communities. 

Grow Your Own (GYO) is a gardening initiative led by RRCS, Ryhurst’s JV with Lancashire Care NHS Trust (LCFT) and supports service users through their recovery, boosts self-confidence and helps promote independence.   

Service users, carers, RRCS and LCFT members of staff volunteer to support the GYO project and learn a range of skills to develop knowledge about horticulture, tool use, preparing and cooking fruits and vegetables harvested from the plot, as well as benefitting from the therapeutic activity of gardening, fresh air and exercise.

The Prince’s Trust is a Youth Charity that helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Ryhurst is part of the Rydon Group, and Rydon has enjoyed a long association with The Prince’s Trust, helping to inspire many young people to work in the construction industry. Rydon hosted the first ever Get into Construction programme delivered entirely on a live construction site. The two-week Get into Construction programmes delivers training for young people across a range of construction grades, as well as on health and safety. Rydon has a 100% pass rate for securing CSCS cards which are essential to secure work on any construction site.

Rydon is also a member of The Prince’s Trust Construction and Business Services Leadership Group, which helps to fund and facilitate courses for vulnerable people across the UK.

In addition, Ryhurst and the wider Rydon Group organise and host regular annual fund raising events including:

  • The Prince’s Trust, Palace to Palace cycle ride
  • Breast Cancer Now, Wear It Pink
  • MacMillan, Coffee Morning
  • British Heart Foundation, London to Brighton Bike ride and Wear It Beat It

Ryhurst encourages staff to take part in voluntary activities that benefit charities and community organisations close to where we live and work. Rydon offers every member of staff one fully-paid day each year out of their normal work schedule to volunteer for a relevant local charity or community organisation, for example:

  • Make-over of Broadfield Community Centre in Crawley. A team of three staff volunteers cut overgrown hedges by the building entrances and footpaths, and redecorated the centre’s community training room.
  • A Life cycle Manager used his skills to help with the creation of a new community of long-term foster homes and support network for developing life skills for orphaned children in South Africa.
  • 10 members of staff volunteered at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Grow Your Own project. 100 hours of time was given to support the project and staff members undertook the following tasks:
    • Timber-edged walkways filled with stone
    • New outdoor seating area with hard standing
    • Installation of new stand pipe for irrigation
    • Preparing Grow Your Own containers for new plants
    • Installation of new signage
  • Site Supervisor Craig Plowman joined the team from BBC Show DIY SOS to help change a life for the better at a ‘Big Build’ project in Bristol. The team transformed a local man’s home with specially adapted access and facilities for his needs, the man had previously spent five years living in a hospital since being diagnosed with a brain condition. Over the course of a 13 hour day, Craig was able to use his carpentry skills as well as general labour to help the team complete the project.