Broad Street Community Hall gets makeover

08/09/2014 by

The Broad Street Community Hall in Foleshill has been given a makeover thanks to Willmott Dixon Partnerships and young people participating in the well known Coventry boot camp initiative. 

The hall, which is used throughout the year, has been cleaned up and modernised, with new carpet and painted woodwork, thanks to kind donations of materials from Willmott Dixon’s supply partner, Travis Perkins, and the hard work of the fourteen Coventry boot campers – supervised under the watchful eye of Willmott Dixon staff.  

Willmott Dixon Partnerships is currently working with Midland Heart to deliver its service to 5,300 homes across the East and West Midlands. The housing repairs and maintenance company is delivering responsive repairs to homes across Stratford-upon-Avon, Rugby, Burton-on-Trent, Coventry, Hinckley and Northampton. 

The community hall refurbishment comes as the group of 16-24 year olds took part in a two-week ‘boot camp’ course, featuring workshops on pitching ideas to businesses, mock interviews and soft skills such as CV writing. 

Three Coventry housing associations - Midland Heart, Whitefriars Housing, and Orbit Heart of England - teamed up with other community organisations to set up the camp and give young people a chance to turn their lives around, with the incentive of paid apprenticeships, work placements and training opportunities on completion. 

Staff from Willmott Dixon’s Midland Heart branch planned and supervised the refurbishment work, providing the young people with practical experience whilst improving the community centre for residents. 

Customer and Community Partner at Willmott Dixon’s Midland Heart Branch, Leo Daniels, said: “We are really pleased to have been involved in the project - it was a real pleasure working with the whole team. 

“Giving Broad Street Community Hall a makeover was a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Those taking part in boot camp were able to gain valuable work experience, whilst the hall was given a fresh modern look – it was a win-win situation. We’re looking forward to continuing our support for the boot camp and other community projects in the future, particularly as several of this year’s participants have gone on to employment, further work placements or further education.” 

Owner of the Broad Street Community Hall, Alan Griffiths said: “Everyone who uses the centre is over the moon with the improvements. The hard work of the youngsters is plain to see and has made the centre a far more pleasant place for the community to use. The committee and I want to thank everyone involved.”  

The refurbishment comes after the community actions of Willmott Dixon staff received a Royal seal of approval, with the company achieving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. One of the areas highlighted by judges in making the award was the £1 million worth of community investment made by the company and staff each year to local good causes. The company has also received recognition after scooping gold in the ‘Excellence in Social Responsibility’ category of the prestigious Investors in People awards, whilst also recently receiving Business in the Community’s CommunityMark with commendation for its societal benefit programme. 

Mick Williamson, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Partnerships said; “This is very much part of our Transforming Communities ethos , which is about making a real and positive difference to the lives of people living locally. 

“We want to play an active part in delivering initiatives that leave a real legacy and we recently wrote an article, called Transforming Communities, to share ideas and help organisations deliver sustainable growth to help communities through these current austere times.” 

The Willmott Dixon Group is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction, regeneration and support services companies. 

With 162 years of experience, the Group provides services within the built environment to the Government, registered social landlords, local authorities and private sector clients throughout the UK. 

Willmott Dixon Partnerships works within the Group to deliver repair and maintenance services to over 170,000 homes.