Cummins is well known for its diesel engines and generators, and the Cumbernauld team that keeps them in working order across Scotland has played a vital role in powering-up local communities.
In recent years, Cummins Scotland has proved itself a staunch supporter of vulnerable people and of educational initiatives focused on history, heritage and nature. Investing in communities has long been an important objective for Cummins, which is always looking to build better, more prosperous neighbourhoods through its corporate responsibility initiatives around the world.
The much-valued community involvement of the Cummins Cumbernauld team is on top of their day jobs of keeping the power flowing to industries and facilities vital to the Scottish economy and way of life.
Cummins is a well-known brand in the bus and coach business, equipping fleets with the latest generation of clean and efficient engines. But on Dundee’s much-loved Safe Zone bus, you will find the Cummins nameplate on the Onan generator that provides the heat, light and power.
In pre-Covid times, The Safe Zone bus would park on Friday and Saturday nights to provide a safe space for people in need.
There, perhaps over a hot drink and something to eat, the staff – typically a mix of pastors, nurses, social workers and counsellors – were ready to help with issues such as drug and alcohol dependency, money worries, benefits, housing and homelessness.
For the past four years, Cummins Scotland has taken care of the maintenance of the Onan generator and carried out repairs as its contribution to this outstanding community initiative.
Arwen Elder of Safe Zone said: “We really appreciate the support and advice we’ve had from Cummins. It has provided support to any issues we’ve had with the generator, which is one of the most important parts of our service, especially in winter.
“The regular servicing and the efficient operation of the generator means we can run Safe Zone with light, heat and the all-important kettle all at the same time! We look forward to continue working with Cummins.”
A similar arrangement is in place for Poppyscotland’s mobile learning resource ‘Bud’, which is currently in hibernation due to lockdown. The truck, which opens out into an interactive mini-museum, would travel across Scotland and its team would teach visitors about the history and heritage of the poppy and share stories of reflection and hope.
The project leaders are looking forward to the time when Bud can once again inspire conversations about the role of the poppy and remembrance in modern Scotland.
Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising and Learning at Poppyscotland, said: “It has been a very challenging year for Bud but we are hopeful we can get back on the road very soon. The support Cummins Scotland has provided to us has been wonderful, especially given the difficult year it has been for everyone. Ensuring Bud is well maintained throughout the lockdown period is vital, and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support we’ve received from everyone at Cummins.”
The other way the Cumbernauld team shows its support for worthy Scottish causes is through community grants awarded through the Cummins Foundation. Operating since 1954, the Cummins Foundation is one of the earliest corporate foundations and is part of the global giving arm of Cummins Inc.
In recent times, Cummins volunteers and grants have supported a housing association well-being programme that teaches vulnerable teenagers critical life skills and supported a compassionate neighbours programme to help reduce isolation and loneliness in hospice.
Cummins has also supported ENABLE Scotland, a charity working for equality for people with learning disabilities, and it is helping REMAP Scotland, a charity that designs, manufactures and supplies individual equipment and adaptation solutions for disabled people.
REMAP (Scotland) spokesman John Convery said that while there was now a vast range of aids for disabled people available commercially, there are gaps that REMAP (Scotland) looks to plug.
“Cummins has been of considerable help to us by providing volunteers who are authorised to utilise our design and manufacturing capacity,” said Mr Convery. “This invaluable help has enabled us to tackle more cases and, in some events, more unusual cases.”
Colin Pettigrew, commercial manager of Cummins Scotland, said Cummins Cumbernauld was proud to support the different communities across Scotland and enjoyed working closely with non-profit partners based in the communities where its team members live and work.
“We are in a good position to support our communities through our products, parts and service expertise, as well as by leveraging our employee volunteers and resources,” said Colin.
“Pre-Covid, our branch team at Dunns Wood Road would always take the time to offer hands-on volunteering support to many different charities and local community initiatives, and we can’t wait for the day we can volunteer in person once again.”