Investing in more than just bricks and mortar

02 September 2016

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McCarthy & Stone believe in enriching lives by offering a quality build, in convenient locations that provide retained independence and companionship. Community engagement begins early on, with the aim to educate, support and enthuse locals. McCarthy & Stone, recently welcomed a group of pupils in Walton-on-Thames from Ashley C of E Primary School to their retirement development, Meadows House. Following a recent donation of £500 from the housebuilder, the children were invited to take a look around. The donation will go towards the schools new Harmony Centre, community space entirely funded through the local community. Nigel Sibley, Regional Managing Director for McCarthy & Stone South East, comments: “As a company, our aspiration is not only to build quality apartments but also to help create a positive legacy in the communities in which we build, which is why it’s such a pleasure to be supporting such a deserving project.” Richard Dunne, Headteacher at Ashley C of E Primary School adds: “We would like to say a big thank you to McCarthy and Stone for its kind donation which has gone towards building our Harmony Centre at the school.”

Over in Berkshire, a team of early learners from local school, Evendons Primary, were treated to a site tour of the forthcoming Retirement Living development, Queen’s Gate in Wokingham. After visiting the site to watch the local fire station perform a crane rescue, the children returned to learn all about the importance of safety on the construction site. Accompanied by Lee Matthews, McCarthy & Stone Construction Site Manager, the children donned hard hats and hi-vis jackets with their teachers to see the site’s diggers and cranes close up. Emily Beckett, the children’s teacher at Evendons Primary School, said: “We all had a fantastic day and the pupils found it really enjoyable and informative.” As the excitement builds for this development, those interested are being encouraged to register their interest with off-plan sales launching this autumn.

Prior to school visits, McCarthy & Stone work closely with the local services ensuring the high standards of health and safety are maintained. Onlookers in Southsea recently witnessed a shockingly realistic mock rescue. Firefighter Paul Allison from Green Watch Southsea Fire Station, said: “With construction underway on the new development in Southsea as the local fire and rescue service team we need to ensure that we can act quickly to secure the safety of workers on site. Mock rescue activities such as the crane exercise are incredibly valuable, providing our team with an opportunity to practice a rescue in a real life setting, yet with the support of being in a safe and controlled environment. We’d like to thank McCarthy & Stone for facilitating the session, which proved a real success.”

Each year the city of Portsmouth host the Great South Run and this year a team from McCarthy & Stone are partaking, raising funds for Age UK Portsmouth. If you wish to donate and show your support for this fantastic cause, please visit the teams JustGiving fundraising page.

Working with the community doesn’t cease once construction is complete, as locals in Midhurst experienced. Turner House recently hosted a ‘Taste of Midhurst’ event which brought together local organisations including Volunteer Now!, the Lions Club, Midhurst Music Society and the Midhurst Hub, who attended to talk about their work and volunteering opportunities in the community. Guests were also treated to locally-sourced finger food by Café Verdi, as well as the chance to win a luxury hamper from Cowdry Farm and floral arrangements in a grand prize draw. Vicki Harrison, who represented the Midhurst Hub and The Tall Dog, comments: "As a local company, it was great to be involved to not only support the local community but to also welcome new people to the area, meet new people and explain what we do in Midhurst.”

Find out more about community partnerships happening right now at a development near you.

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