We’ve introduced a new initiative called ‘Day to Make a Difference’ to support schools, charities and other local groups and businesses, in the communities which we build.
On June 12, all 700 of our employees from construction workers and sales advisors to apprentices and directors, downed tools and stepped away from their keyboards and building sites for the day to donate time to 21 organisations across the country.
Avant Homes chief executive officer, Colin Lewis, who rolled up his sleeves and supported the work on our initiatives in Chesterfield, said: “Our ‘A Day to Make A Difference’ initiative was created with the mission of supporting those in our local communities who need it most and to make a real difference to their lives.
“Everyone from Avant really enjoyed seeing first-hand what goes into making these fantastic charities operate and everyone got involved wherever they could. The passion and energy that colleagues from across the business put into these projects was astounding. Knowing that we were all making a real difference motivated us even more.
From primary schools and charities, to food banks and hospices, we’ve shared some of the great work Avant’s team contributed to across all the regions where we’re building homes and communities.
North of the border, our 162-strong team travelled to locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dunfermline, Denny and Falkirk as they worked with charities and good causes including Dunfermline Town Centre Green Space, Social Bite, Strathcarron Hospice, Allan Water Angling Improvement Association and more.
In Denny, Stirlingshire, we spent the day working in the Strathcarron Hospice warehouse sorting through donations to go to stores, as well as helping in one of the many shops at the hospice. Over in Edinburgh, architects, engineers and designers worked with our team at Social Bite to provide expert help and advice about potential upcoming future projects, as well as giving the Social Bite Village some TLC.
Our North East team undertook a range of different refurbishment and clean-up projects with the Linskill Community Centre and Meadow Well Connected in North Shields.
At Meadow Well Connected, they revamped the centre’s community room that included installing storage cupboards and a kitchen sink as well as giving the room a fresh look with a new coat of paint. They also had success tackling the outdoor area as they repaired benches and created disabled access.
Staff in Yorkshire downed their tools and stepped away from their keyboards to donate a days’ worth of time to domestic abuse charities and schools across the region.
The 152-strong Avant Yorkshire team undertook a range of different projects, including gardening, decorating, installing seating areas, laying flooring, painting classrooms and more. We spent the day at Elsecar Holy Trinity Primary Academy in Barnsley, Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School in Wakefield, as well as Woman’s Aid in Bradford and at two centres in Yorkshire that support those that have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse.
Our Midlands team split up into groups as they travelled to Nottingham, Market Harborough, and Anstey to work with Larkfields Infant School, Farndon Fields Primary School and Woolden Hill Primary school on the projects.
In Nottingham, they picked up paintbrushes as they transformed the school’s outdoor activity area, in time for the summer term for children to enjoy during playtime, whilst in Market Harborough and Anstey, members of the team worked on outdoor ponds by giving them a clean, planted new greenery to attract more wildlife as well as renovated the nature areas.