Volunteers from the One Construction Alliance (OCA) – a group of property services businesses that deliver retail and office interior refurbishment schemes across the UK for Lloyds Banking Group – put their specialist skills to good use on a community project to renovate the Princess of Wales centre; a day centre for people in Sunderland living with Alzheimer’s.
John Paterson, OCA Project Manager, Lloyds Banking Group said:
“Alzheimer’s Society has been Lloyds Banking Group’s charity of the year and the experience of being part of the team that made such a difference to this centre has been fantastic. The individual volunteers all had construction-related skills which, together with the combined power of the OCA team allowed us to complete the work and demonstrate the effectiveness of our partnership as well as leaving a legacy for the community.”
A team of 120 volunteers from organisations including Styles&Wood, Havelock, ISG, Wates, Sharkeys, EC Harris and Lloyds Banking Group, joined forces and over the course of a week donated approx 3000 volunteering hours to renovate the facilities lounge and communal areas. The team also spruced up the centre’s gardens with new planters, creating a fully accessible garden with paths including seating and shaded areas to create an accessible, enjoyable space for visitors to come and grow flowers, fruit and vegetables
Hazel Cuthbertson, Regional Operations Manager, Alzheimer’s Society said:
“Whatever you have all done in your careers to date and whatever you go on to do in the future, I sincerely hope that you feel tremendously proud about what you have achieved for people living with and affected by dementia in Sunderland.”
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