Vinci UK Foundation Mobilises Support for Addiction NI

Pictured: (L-R) Front row: Elizabeth Millar (Omexom), Hannah Crossey (Omexom), Kyle Coolidge (Omexom). Back row: Alana Crossan (Omexom), Clare Doran (HR Manager, Omexom), Simon Innis (Managing Director, Omexom), Alex Bunting (Project sponsor, Addiction NI), Sam McCullough (Addiction NI), Regina Cox (Addiction NI), Christine Stitt (Omexom).
Pictured: (L-R) Front row: Elizabeth Millar (Omexom), Hannah Crossey (Omexom), Kyle Coolidge (Omexom). Back row: Alana Crossan (Omexom), Clare Doran (HR Manager, Omexom), Simon Innis (Managing Director, Omexom), Alex Bunting (Project sponsor, Addiction NI), Sam McCullough (Addiction NI), Regina Cox (Addiction NI), Christine Stitt (Omexom).



NEW PARTNERSHIP SECURES MOBILE unit TO Address substance & alcohol addiction across NORTHERN IRELAND

Addiction NI to partner with VINCI UK foundation. Charity to receive £12,000 grant to purchase new unit and support to help people in recovery improve their employability.

A £12,000 funding award by the VINCI UK Foundation will fund a new Mobile Alcohol & Drug Unit for use across Northern Ireland as part of a new partnership with Addiction NI. The new unit will enable outreach support to be extended to socially and economically deprived areas, as well as isolated rural communities.

VINCI UK’s Belfast-headquartered infrastructure business Omexom will work alongside Addiction NI to support their work locally and provide workshops on CV preparation and interview techniques.

Many people supported by Addiction NI are often long-term unemployed or have lost employment due to their alcohol and drug use.

Quote from Simon Innis, Managing Director, Omexom UK & ROI:

“Alcohol and drug dependency affects not only the individual but their families and communities as well. Backing from VINCI’s expert employees, in addition to funding grants, sets the VINCI UK Foundation apart as a supporter of the community cohesion where we work.”

“By coming together with local charities in partnership we can make a real difference in Belfast, Northern Ireland and across the UK and Republic of Ireland.”

The Mobile Alcohol & Drug Unit will help people of all ages by providing:


  • information, advice and support on dealing with addiction to alcohol, legal highs, drugs and prescription medication,
  • a communal area for training and support,
  • and a confidential space for people to receive one-to-one advice and signposting to other support services.


Thelma Abernethy, CEO, Addiction NI said:


“The new Drug & Alcohol Mobile Unit will enable Addiction NI to better respond to those most in need and raise awareness at the heart of local communities.


“The vehicle will provide a visible, trusted and accessible system of support, while the provision of CV and interview workshops will then help those in recovery and looking to find work improve their employment chances.

“By educating and raising awareness we can build resislience within communities to help break the ongoing cycle of substance misuse.”

Clare Doran, HR Manager at Omexom UK & RoI, added:


“It’s a privilege for VINCI to be able to work alongside Addiction NI to support people struggling with addictions to improve their employability.


“By providing CV workshops and advice on interview technique we want to see more people recovering from substance addiction getting back to work.”



For media enquiries, please contact:


Matthew Dolman or Rory Edwards

+44 20 7593 4000

Notes for Editors

Addiction NI

Addiction NI was founded in 1978 and has been delivering services in Northern Ireland for over 36 years. Addiction NI is the leading counselling, support and information service for people affected by alcohol and drug misuse. Our service are delivered at venues across Northern Ireland.


Their counselling services is for anyone;


  • Over 18 who is worried or struggling with managing alcohol and/or drugs
  • Anyone affected by someone else’s alcohol and/or drug misuse


Addiction NI also offer Family Support, Relapse Prevention and alcohol/drug training to employers across Northern Ireland.

 For further information contact:


Regina Cox                                                       Thelma Abernethy                    

028 9521 2179                                                   028 9066 4434

07718 205000                                                    07717 004937


VINCI UK Foundation

The VINCI UK Foundation was launched earlier this year by VINCI companies: Bachy Soletanche, Eurovia, VINCI Concessions, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK and VINCI Energies, all of which have a network of offices and sites throughout the UK. Between them the companies have awarded a total of circa £170K in grants to 19 projects.


Other projects receiving support include:


  • Foundation Enterprises North West (FENW) – Cheshire-based group receives £10,000 to develop new kitchen facilities as part of work to help homeless people transition into safer living arrangements. The sponsor will donate IT-expertise, as well as day-to-day support.
  • Yateley Industries – a £10,000 grant will support building and furnishing of apartments for disabled people. The sponsor will provide operational support and help set up and maintain IT systems in the project’s charity shop which is staffed by disabled people.
  • Wayfinder Women – £10,000 towards renovation of a former shop being carried out by unemployed individuals and college students. The sponsor will donate their expertise in construction to the project.

The original VINCI Foundation was established in France in May 2002 and since then has supported 1,600 projects with £20 million in financial grants. Along with financial aid, every project selected by the UK Foundation is supported by one or more employees called sponsors. The sponsors are at the core of the Foundation and are essential to the success of the projects.


Visit the VINCI UK Foundation website for further information and get involved:




VINCI is a world leader in concessions and construction.


The VINCI name symbolises the best in innovation, creativity and technological mastery, befitting for a Group that harnesses a culture of innovation to deliver technical expertise in tackling the most complex of projects.


The combination of financial strength, market-leading positions and a commitment to sustainability give VINCI its competitive edge.


VINCI companies in the UK turn over in the region of £2 billion per annum and employ circa 9000 employees. This represents 6% of VINCI’s €38.7 billion turnover and 30% of VINCI’s European turnover outside France. VINCI employs around 185,000 people in 100 countries around the world.


About Omexom


Omexom, the VINCI Energies brand dedicated to the Power & Grid sector, is a leading player in energy transition thanks to its unique presence across the chain of this market, from electricity generation to the meter of the consumer, including electricity transmission and distribution networks. Omexom, which brings together 12,000 experts in over 40 countries, has a turnover of €2 billion.


Omexom UK and RoI’s offices are located in Ardee, Belfast, Durham, Manchester, Perth and Rugby


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