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At Springfields we are proud of our long–standing, excellent relationship with the local community.

In addition to being a major employer in the area, Springfields also has a history of community involvement and investment ranging from sponsorship programmes for local organisations, schools and charities, to an informative visitors’ programme for both educational and adult groups. 
 
Through the Springfields’ Site Stakeholder Group we ensure that representatives of local community organisations and the public are kept informed of all issues of importance, interest and relevance relating to the site.

Community Involvement and Investment 

Springfields has a commitment to an ongoing programme of community investment and involvement, covering economic regeneration, education, academia, charitable giving and sponsorship. The programme is mainly aimed at the communities surrounding our operating site. 

Springfields provides support to the local community in several ways:
  • Visits to site by primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and adult groups
  • Providing Young Enterprise Scheme advisers to schools 
  • Supplying governors to local schools 
  • Science Days in local schools 
  • Work Experience placements 
  • Sponsorships 
For further information, please see the information below or contact the Community Relations Team on 01772 762076 or 01772 763343

Sponsorship

Springfields provides financial support to many local charities and organisations each year. 

Our sponsorship programme will endeavor to support those organisations/charities concerned with Community and Economic Welfare, such as: 
  • Education, especially engineering and science 
  • Environmental 
  • Urban regeneration 
Our main criteria for any sponsorship is to work with organisations that are supporting Engineering and Science projects within our local area.

The above criteria form the basis on which individual requests are considered. It is for guidance only and the final decision on whether a request for support is given a positive or negative response is at the Company’s discretion. 

To apply for Community Sponsorship you need to complete an application form. 
Sponsorship form

Visitors' information

Our Springfields site is situated just west of Preston in Lancashire. It offers the opportunity to visit the UK's only Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing facility and will include a tour of the Oxide Fuels Complex (OFC), which is one of the most advanced nuclear fuel manufacturing plants in the world. Within one plant, state-of-the-art-manufacturing techniques produce both Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) and Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuels. 

A minimum of two months’ notice is required to arrange a visit, but we become fully booked very quickly, and so a few months’ notice is often necessary. 

Visits can be arranged for the following:
  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Colleges and Universities 
  • Adults 
Primary school visits to Springfields 
The following visits are available to schools within Lancashire:
  • Electricity Theme
  • Nature Trail
Electricity Theme 
Visits to Springfields are designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. The visit covers the Electricity topic within the programme of study for Key Stage 2 – Physical Processes. 

The visit includes a discussion on the different types of energy sources, i.e. nuclear, fossil fuels and renewable, how these are used to generate electricity, and how electricity reaches the consumer. Electricity safety and energy efficiency is also covered. 

There are ‘hands-on’ experiments to demonstrate how electricity is generated and how simple circuits are designed and built. The students go on a plant tour of the Oxide Fuels Complex to see exactly how nuclear fuel is made and how industry uses electricity in its manufacturing processes. The students will also complete a questionnaire as they tour the facility. 

Literature/Educational Resources are provided for the teacher, appropriate to the level of the students. 

Requirements & Limitations 
Primary school visits are organised throughout the year, Monday - Friday. Visits are normally from 10.00 - 14.15 hrs. The visit can accommodate parties not exceeding 40 students/teachers. Parties should provide, at least, one member of staff/adult to accompany every 12 students. Students should have covered this subject prior to the visit.  Transport to/from site is normally provided for local primary school groups. Wheelchair access is available, but notification must be given when booking the visit. 

For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Visits/Education team on 01772 762076 or 01772 763343 

Nature Trail Visits 
Predominately for Key Stage 1 students, however, other age groups can be accommodated. 

The parties are divided into two groups, and each group investigates the habits of terrestrial mini-beasts, food webs, life cycles, and pond life. 

All visits will start in our Nature Trail Study Centre, but the majority of the visit will be in the outdoors. This facility has been approved as an ‘Out Door Centre’ by Lancashire County Council. 

Requirements & Limitations 
  • Nature Reserve visits are organised on weekdays between April and October. 
  • Visits are normally from 10.00 - 14.15 hrs. 
  • The visit can accommodate parties not exceeding 40 students/teachers. 
  • Parties should provide, at least, one member of staff/adult to accompany every 6 students. 
  • Students should have covered this subject prior to the visit 
  • Transport to/from site is normally provided for local primary school groups. 
  • The majority of the facility is suitable for students with special needs, including those in wheelchairs, but notification must be given when booking the visit. 
  • This visit is also suitable for uniformed groups and can be held in the evening. 
For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Visits/Education team on 01772 762076 or 01772 763343 

Secondary School visits to Springfields 
Our educational visits are designed to provide secondary school students with an experience of science and technology in practice, by relating specific themes and techniques to industrial applications. The visit programmes and resources have been prepared to address specific topics within the National Curriculum. 
  • Key Stage 4 - Energy Theme 
  • Key Stage 4 - Radiation Theme 
  • Key Stage 3/4 - Health & Safety 
  • Key Stage 3/4 - The World of Work 
  • Key Stage 3/4 - Problem Solving / Team Building ( Half or Full Day) 
Availability 
Visits are organised throughout the year, Monday - Friday. 

Visits are normally from 10.00 - 14.15hrs 

A minimum of two months’ notice is required to arrange a visit, but we become fully booked very quickly and so a few months’ notice is often necessary. 

School must provide their own transport, which will also be used to transport the party around Springfields during the visit. 

For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Visits/Education team on 01772 762076 or 01772 763343 

Special Needs School visits to Springfields 
Visits for students with special needs can be arranged to Springfields. For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Visits/Education team on 01772 762076 or 01772 763343 

College/University/Adult visits to Springfields 
Visits are arranged throughout the year to Springfields. The technical level of the visit will be set to meet the needs of the group. 

Requirements & Limitations:
  • Visits are organised throughout the year, Monday - Friday and must be pre-booked. 
  • The duration of the visit will depend on the level of the group. 
  • Limited to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 40 people. 
For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Visits/Education team on 01772 762076 or 01772 763343 
Nature trail information
aims & objectives (educational) 
Security Form (adult)
Security form (educational)  

Site chosen charity

Springfields employees choose a local charity to support each year and through their own efforts organise a number of events and fund-raising activities. The Company generously match-funds the amount raised by employees, up to the value of £2,000 each year. Over the last few years employees have raised thousands of pounds for various charities including Heartbeat, Childline, North West Air Ambulance, Breast Cancer Care and local children’s hospices Brian and Derian House. They are currently supporting Kidneys For Life for 2017-2019. 

Springfields Charity Trust Fund 

The Springfields Employees' Charity & Medical Research Trust Fund regularly makes donations of much-needed equipment to charitable and medical organisations in the local area. The Fund has been operating since 1985 and over the years we have donated thousands of pounds worth of equipment - in fact in 2011 the Trust Fund reached the tremendous milestone of having made over £1Million in donations. Some examples include:
  • First Aid equipment for a local mountain rescue team  
  • IT equipment for a local health care support group  
  • sensory equipment for local special needs organisation  
  • an ambulance for the Lancashire branch of the British Red Cross 
  • essential monitoring equipment to Heartbeat
If you wish to apply for assistance from the Trust Fund, please apply in writing in the first instance to:- 
Janet Stevenson, Secretary, SEC&MRTF, Westinghouse, Springfields, Salwick, Preston PR4 0XJ

Springfields Site Stakeholder Group 

The Springfields Site Stakeholder Group (SSG) meets to discuss issues of importance and interest relevant to Springfields and the local community. The SSG comprises local councillors and council officials, regulatory inspectors (Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency), government agencies such as Food Standards Agency, local emergency services and local environmental groups. 
  • Members of the public are invited to attend as observers. 
  • For further information please contact Alan Beauchamp. Tel: 1772-762841 or email: beaucha1@westinghouse.com   
Questions from members of the public should be submitted in writing to: 

Alan Beauchamp
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Westinghouse Springfields Fuels Limited
Springfields
Salwick
Preston
PR4 0XJ 
 

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Springfields Site Report - April 2017
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