National developer Wates Residential and housing maintenance provider Wates Living Space, currently working in the borough, brought their national week-long volunteering event to Brent in June.
During the organisation’s Community and Conservation Week, Wates Residential volunteers took to Harlesden Town Garden where they spent 36 hours painting, weeding and garden clearing.
Following a long period of neglect, a community-led initiative helped to turn the area into a much-loved allotment in 2013. Having been transformed from an area that once attracted anti-social behaviour, litter and vandalism, Harlesden Town Garden relies on volunteers to help maintain the space for the community.
During the week, the Wates Living Space team also volunteered time to give Marley Walk Community Centre and Gardens a much-needed facelift. The team removed crumbling paint, repainted the centre and cleaned furniture and windows.
The volunteering initiative forms part of Wates’ work across the borough on behalf of Brent Council. This includes the construction of 150 new homes at Knowles House on Longstone Avenue for independent living and temporary accommodation and a ten-year housing management programme to improve its social housing. This includes the repair and refurbishment of roofing, new windows and doors, and interior decoration.
The Wates Group’s presence in the borough has already generated an impressive £16.5m of social and economic value over the last five years.
Resident Heather said:
“Thank you Wates for all your hard work, we can now use Marley Walk Community Centre and Gardens for anything. It’s bright and airy and outside is so colourful. We cannot thank you enough.”
Wates’ Community and Conservation Week is focused on supporting environmental community projects across the UK and aimed to encourage employees to support local projects and activities that are close to their hearts. Throughout the week, a total of 300 Wates team members gave up their time to support community initiatives across the UK.
John Dunne, Group Safety Health Environment and Quality Director at Wates, said:
“The activities organised by the teams in Brent for our annual Community and Conservation Week truly embody our values as a family-owned business, with a strong sense of community.
We have always led the industry in our efforts to give back to the communities in which we live and work and by giving teams the opportunity to volunteer with the projects closest to their hearts, everyone across the business is able to give back in a meaningful way.”