Housing association rises to the Challenge of brightening up Christchurch school
Published by RoyP for Sovereign Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Sovereign Regional Director Nicole Sharp and year 1 pupil Theo admire the newly painted areas of the playground at Mudeford Infants School
Children at Mudeford Infants School, in Christchurch, have started the new term in brighter surroundings after staff from Sovereign Housing Association volunteered to repaint the outside of their school and conduct repairs.
During August and September, as part of the Team Dorset Challenge, Sovereign staff carried out painting and minor maintenance work at Mudeford Infants School and The Priory School. Building supplier Travis Perkins donated paint and brushes for the decorating drive.
The aim of Team Dorset Challenge is to harness the positive spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to encourage people in the county to adopt healthier lifestyles, as well as participating in community, cultural and environmental activities.
Sovereign Regional Director Nicole Sharp, who was among those who volunteered to help paint the school, said: “As an organisation that is very much engaged with the community in which it works, Sovereign was very keen to take advantage of the opportunity that Team Dorset Challenge presented to undertake activities that benefited the local community.”
“We have a great deal of expertise in our response teams and they were able to carry out minor repairs and maintenance work, while other staff came along and helped with the painting. We’d like to say a big thanks you to Travis Perkins for the support that they gave us in this initiative.”
As well as the painting, Sovereign staff repaired guttering, benches, fencing and gates.
Mudeford School’s headmaster, Duncan Churchill said: “In this difficult financial climate, to have volunteers coming into the school to carry out such works is an amazing bonus. The improvements have been great and have really brightened up our school. Many thanks to the team from Sovereign Housing for their hard work, time and money.”