It’s DIY SOS as Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) and Amey PLC team up for house challenge competition
Published by Mark Foster for Golden Gates Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health
Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) teamed up with infrastructure and public services company, Amey this week to makeover two of GGHT’s vacant properties in Lymm.
The two Amey teams were given the challenge of decorating two bungalows for elderly residents. Local residents were on hand throughout the day to keep an eye on progress and choose the winning team.
The event was organised as part of Amey’s ‘community day’ scheme, which gives all employees one day off every year to support a charity of their choice. Putting their community days to good use to support GGHT were 12 directors from the company’s Utilities and Defence division. Prior to the work starting GGHT carried out some basic work to each property before handing them over to the Amey teams. Their challenge was to make them feel like home, before new residents move in, doing jobs that many would be unable to do for themselves, such as painting ceilings and improving gardens.
It is expected that new elderly residents will move in to the bungalows during the coming weeks. Guidance was sought from local residents on how they would like the homes improved. These residents also formed part of the judging panel.
The judges on the day looked at a number of key elements when making their decision on which team should be the winner, these included how tidy they worked, the amount of effort they went to, design and whether they finished on time or not. The winning team were ‘The Greys’, who worked tirelessly throughout the day to get all rooms within the property finished. The vacant properties where given a new lease of life with fresh paint, wallpaper, curtains and even some furniture. Outside the team overhauled all areas of the garden with plants and new grass. They also placed a new bench and relayed the patio in the rear of the garden.
Apart from knowing that they had helped provide an elderly resident a home they will feel comfortable and proud to live in, the experience helped members of each team develop skills in organisational, project management and team building.
The partnership between GGHT and Amey is part of Amey’s programme to support local communities.
GGHT currently have a number of properties which are available for people to move into. With the help of Amey in the renovation, any new tenant that moves into either of the two properties will benefit from moving into a fully decorated and part furnished property where they will feel right at home. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Trust’s “Available Now” properties can visit www.gght.org.uk/available
GGHT Chair Roy Smith, said: “It’s fantastic to see two of our properties being renovated by Directors from Amey. Everybody at GGHT really appreciates the hard work they put in throughout the day and I hope they had a lot of fun at the same time.”
Dan Holland, Managing Director of Amey’s Utilities and Defence division said: “It was a tremendous day and we’ve all got so much out of it. We have more than 3,000 employees just in our Utilities and Defence division and many of them are already putting their days to good use helping a wide variety of causes across the country.
“I hope the residents enjoyed putting us through our paces, but more importantly I hope we’ve made a real difference for the people who will soon be moving into the bungalows.”