Paisley nursery gets makeover thanks to housing firm

Paisley nursery gets makeover thanks to housing firm

A Paisley nursery have been given a makeover thanks to contractors working on Renfrewshire Council’s £138million housing investment project.

Wates Living Space painted rooms, replaced and painted fences, cleaned up the garden and brought in new colourful plants at Leaps and Bounds nursery as part of their national Community Day.

The nursery’s baby room in particular benefitted from the refresh as it had been flooded in the past and all the paint and plants used were in bright colours to reflect the environment of the nursery.

Wates are one of the key contract companies working on Renfrewshire Council’s five year Delivering Housing Improvements programme which will see thousands of council tenants get new kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring, as well as new or upgraded central heating systems.

The contractors working with the council have also committed to supporting local communities wherever possible, from taking on local trainees to sponsoring local youth football.

Councillor Kenny McLaren, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “This is a huge project for council tenants but it is also important to us that the wider community benefit as well. The contractors working with the council on Delivering Housing Improvements are committed to supporting the local communities where they are working and this community day is a fantastic example of that. This was a great event and a real boost to the nursery.”

Wates Community Day is a national event organised by Wates Group where members of staff are released from their building sites and offices across the UK to deliver projects for charitable organisations in the Communities we are working.

Gillian Lavety, Partnership Manager for Wates, said: “Wates hold a Community Day event every year where teams across the country go out into the community to find a worthwhile project, a project that allows us to give something back to the community we are working in.”
The aim of Wates’ annual Community Day event is to make a tangible difference to the communities in which Wates works and live. As well as work on specific projects; quiz nights, auctions, raffles and sporting events take place across the UK to raise money for local charities. The 2011 Community Day contributed nearly 13,000 hours of hard work to over 110 charitable organisations.

Wates participated in 112 Community Day Projects, donating 12, 886 person hours to the communities they work in. In addition Wates Giving will be donating £22,500 to charitable organisations who they worked with on the day and an extra £5,500 to Barnardos for those projects who were not able to receive a donation.