Residents at the Priory Court estate in Walthamstow are enjoying their new surroundings, thanks to a major £1m programme of improvements that we have been doing with our contractor partner Wates.
Works began last December and the entire estate is being given a makeover – with blocks and communal areas being redecorated. In addition, more than 60 residents have had their bathrooms or kitchens replaced, with new boilers being installed in some homes. Residents are being kept informed through regular virtual coffee mornings with Wates - a chance to ask questions and discuss the progress being made with the works, which are expected to be completed in the coming months.
But the makeover is just one part of what’s been happening at the estate.
In addition to the repairs work Wates is contracted to do for us, they are also committed to delivering social value projects helping to make a real difference to the lives of residents. Three play areas have been given a new lease of life, with a complete overhaul of the equipment making them as good as new - much to the delight of our younger residents! And skip days have been held to help residents to have clear-outs.
The difference Wates is making to the lives of residents at Priory Court is part of a wider impact they’re having on residents across the region.
In recent months they’ve given free health and safety training to a number of residents, as well as online work experience for 49 young residents aged 14-19.
During their work experience placements, the young people were taught about construction and given a group task to come up with a blueprint to create a regenerated housing estate.
Wates has also donated more than 40 laptops and tablets to Clarion Futures, to help residents benefit from getting online – such as job hunting or taking part in online training. And they’ve donated £8,000 to our hardship fund to help residents in need.
Our close working relationship with Wates, in which our partner delivers social value above and beyond their main role for us, adds up to better value for residents.
This article was featured in Your Clarion, our resident magazine.
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