Committed staff ‘Make a Difference’ to 30 community projects
Published by T Yorke for Futures Housing Group in Housing
More than 200 Futures Housing Group staff and volunteers support a wide variety of initiatives in Derbyshire and Northamptonshire
- 1,500 hours of time donated in a single week as worthy local community causes receive a huge boost
A 200-strong team from East-Midlands based Futures Housing Group has swapped suits for shovels, spades and paintbrushes as part of a week-long volunteering programme in support of local communities across Derbyshire and Northamptonshire.
Team members from the Group’s Daventry and Ripley offices donated an average of 7.5 hours of their time during 2-6 June, which helped local people tackle a variety of issues and needs on their doorsteps.
3 Contractors used by the Group’s operating companies – Futures Homescape, Daventry & District Housing and Futures Greenscape – also offered important support throughout the week by donating materials, equipment and manpower.
Lindsey Williams, Futures Housing Group CEO, said: “It is hugely important to us that we play a leading role in improving the communities we work in. By devoting such a significant amount of time and resource to some many projects of importance to local people, we have been able to turn our ambitions into reality.”
As part of an initiative known as Make a Difference Day (MADD), team members helped to:
- Provide community buildings and land with make-overs
- Provide much-needed classroom assistance in local primary schools – and renovate playground equipment
- Revitalise communal areas such as parkland and public leisure areas
- Organise special occasions for local, older people
But it wasn’t just during the period between 2-6 June that team members were active. Preparation for the week-long programme began six months ago (January 2014), and a core behind-the-scenes team worked tirelessly since then to coordinate all activities and ensure the work would run without a hitch.
Beneficiary Elaine Bedford, from the Phoenix Youth Centre in Daventry, was delighted by support given to her organisation. She said: “This has made such a difference. I was so impressed with the team’s enthusiasm and helpfulness. The centre has been given a lift and everyone is delighted.
“Funding the work we do is very challenging but to have help like this really does make a difference to the young people who use our centre.”
Helen Walters of Derventio Housing Trust echoed these comments. Derventio had received support from MADD volunteers, who spent two full days clearing waste from farmland in Kirk Langley, The site is used to equip vulnerable local people with essential life skills.
Helen said: “We’re so grateful for the work that Futures Housing Group has done for us. It means we have an even nicer space to work in, and we can do more with our clients.
“Some of them have never been out of the city centre, so coming here is a real treat for them and they learn so much and gain a lot of confidence from coming here.”
This year’s activities supported the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) – an annual celebration of the contribution volunteers make in the community. They also built on the success of MADD (Make a Difference Day), which Futures Housing Group has been running since 2013.
Added Lindsey Williams: “This was a fantastic week for everyone and a great way to get staff and volunteers involved and working together to make a real difference.
“I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who gave up their time to make a difference and also to our contractors who gave us invaluable support during the week.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
- Futures Housing Group is a forward-thinking social business providing homes and neighbourhood services across the Midlands
- The regional organisation comprises four companies including Futures Homescape (formerly Amber Valley Housing) and Daventry & District Housing. Currently, the group manages more than 9,000 homes in the East Midlands
- Among the contractors who supported MADD were Elite Construction, Mark Ludlam and Emery Landscapes
- For further information please contact Alex Kellett or Jon Reeves at Futures Housing Group. Call 01773 573100 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- High resolution photographs of many of the activities undertaken during MADD Week are available in JPEG format. A small selection are enclosed with this press release