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CALA Homes lend a helping hand to Saffron Walden based charity

Support 4 Sight has been given £500 funding by CALA Homes thanks to their community bursary scheme. The charity supports those with sight loss, and the funding provided by CALA will go towards providing ongoing support for local residents coping with this loss of sight.

Support 4 Sight helps approximately 4,000 blind and partially sighted people throughout Mid and West Essex. The charity provides emotional support and counselling, as well as offering practical advice for those affected by sight loss on how to live safely and independently at home.

The donation from CALA Homes has been used to fund the charity’s home visit programme, its most popular service which offers local residents one-on-one support.

The CALA Community bursary was launched last year and the house builder invited local charities, organisations and groups to apply for help to fund projects which make a vital difference in and around their communities.

Duncan Jackson, Regional Managing Director for CALA Homes North Home Counties, said:

“After receiving lots of amazing applications from many worthwhile causes, we faced an incredibly tough decision when selecting the final successful groups for the Community Bursary initiative. The work that Support 4 Sight does its invaluable to local residents affected by sight loss.   

“With community firmly placed at the heart of CALA, Support 4 Sight perfectly mirrors this ethos and we are delighted to provide this funding for its home visits programme.”

Gary Hyams, Chief Executive of Support 4 Sight, said: “We are thrilled to have received this funding as part of CALA’s Community Bursary.

“All our services provide blind and partially sighted people and their carers with an increase in wellbeing, confidence and emotional resilience, which can help reduce depression and social isolation. With each home visit we undertake, we can help a blind or partially sighted person to live independently and safely in their own home. CALA’s donation means that we can increase the number of these home visits over the next twelve months.”

For more information visit the Support 4 Sight website. See more of CALA Homes news.

Redrow Homes provides onsite lesson in sustainability for construction students at South Essex College

At South Essex College, students working towards their Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment visited Redrow’s Westley Green development in Basildon to be taught about the importance of sustainable construction.

The students were shown how sustainability features and considerate construction is being incorporated into the build. Area Construction Manager Terry Armstrong spoke to the pupils about the waste management plan in place on site, which prioritises the recycling of building waste.

Zarik Morris-Mears, Student at South Essex College, commented:

“It was good to see a project from start to finish. On the day we were able to see the construction of a house from the foundations, superstructure construction to the finished show home. By visiting the site I was able to get a better understanding of how much work goes into an environmental impact assessment for a project of this scale. It opened my eyes to the fact you have to consider all wildlife including butterflies and newts, as well as the long term impact a project like this can have.”

Environmental considerations have been at the forefront of planning at Westley Green with Redrow working closely with ecologists to create areas of habitat compensation. The housebuilder is also delivering a number of initiatives across the site with 50% of the homes being fitted with bat bricks under the eaves of the properties for bats to roost in, bee boxes are being installed across the development and bird nesting boxes will be affixed to half the properties too.

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Barratt London hosts groundbreaking ceremony at High Street Quarter as transformation of Hounslow Town Centre officially commences

Hounslow Council leader was joined by representatives from Barratt London and L&Q to officially break ground at the highly anticipated High  Street Quarter development, which is set to transform Hounslow Town Centre.

High Street Quarter will deliver a range of amenities for residents and the local community to enjoy, such as a multiplex cinema, along with a range of shops, restaurants and eateries, which will all be set around a new town square. The project will also include 528 homes, of which 41% will be affordable housing.

Stephen Day, Managing Director of Barratt London’s West London Division said:

“We want High Street Quarter to be a hub for the whole community, which will bring investment into the local economy and continue the regeneration of the existing town centre. We look forward to welcoming the first residents of High Street Quarter in the not too distant future.”

The development is set to be completed by 2021; the first homes will be completed in 2019 and the cinema and commercial units will be delivered in 2020.

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