2,400 hours donated for United Living's third annual community day
Hundreds of staff from United Living, one of the UK’s leading providers of refurbishment and new build homes are celebrating after taking part in another hugely successful Community Day for the organisation, which involved over half of its entire workforce.
Timed to take place just ahead of National Housing Day on Monday 18 September, employees at United Living gave up a combined 2,400+ hours to volunteer and get involved in 18 projects that aim to support communities throughout the UK. Highlights of the day included:
• The Altrincham based team volunteered for the day at Manchester Central Foodbank. Having previously donated to the foodbank, they took the time to meet with foodbank clients, pick up collections from local supermarkets, and sort / arrange new donations and food parcels.
• In Sheffield, staff visited Damasel Road to transform a garden into a safe environment for the resident of a home and her three children.
• United Living staff worked at Walnut Tree Way, an elderly residential block in Hull, taking down an old pagoda and tidying up the whole courtyard area.
• The team at Retford, Nottinghamshire, tidied two patio areas at Conway Gardens sheltered-accommodation and carried out garden maintenance. They are also working this week with the Bassetlaw Hospice to repair and paint outdoor furniture.
• In Bristol, staff donned overalls and painted the changing rooms of Emerson Green Junior Football Club, showing support for the team who are based near to a United Living development of new homes under construction for Merlin Housing Society.
• Staff at United Living’s headquarters in Kent took part in a number of community activities including; re-painting planters inside Orchard Academy, weeding planters at the entrance to Swanley Train Station, and re-painting a meeting area and sports hall at Swanley Youth and Community Centre. They also volunteered at Parkwood Hall Academy to; re-paint classrooms, carry out general gardening and cutting back hedges and assist with the creation of a ‘forest school’ building benches, gates and playground items.
United Living delivers new build projects, refurbishment solutions, and provides affordable, energy efficient homes on behalf of clients located across the UK.
Ian Burnett, chief executive of United Living, said: “As a construction business we not only build and refurbish homes, but also ensure we can make a real difference to the communities where we work. Our annual community day is an opportunity to celebrate this and bring focus to the year-round efforts that we take to go the extra mile.
“Community Day is an excellent team building event for our staff and as such, many of our employees view it as their favourite day of the working year. Most importantly, these community projects across the country are a wonderful way to give something back and make a real difference for people. Hopefully we have set the right tone for the housing day activity which will be championed by many of our clients in the sector next week.”