Housing association Metropolitan and Travis Perkins Managed Services teamed up to carry out some much needed refurbishment on a school in Enfield.
Waverley School, which was purpose built for pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties, was in need of a bit of TLC. So, more than 20 employees from Metropolitan along with volunteers from the school and Travis Perkins Managed Services gave 240 hours of their spare time to carry out a re-vamp.
Over two weekends the team redecorated classrooms, the assembly hall and re-grouted the swimming pool, amongst other work. Keen to support the project, Travis Perkins Managed Services donated £7,000 worth of materials as part of their partnership with Metropolitan.
After the work was completed, the volunteers enjoyed a barbecue and some well-earned refreshments with pupils’ families.
Waverley School was suggested as the beneficiary of the charitable donation by Metropolitan repairs supervisor Lukasz Borkowski, whose 12-year-old son Wiktor is a pupil there.
Lukasz said: “It was great to see so many people give up two summer weekends for this good cause. I know first-hand the excellent work done at Waverley – my son Wiktor loves going to school here. So it feels really good to put our skills to use giving the buildings and facilities here a bit of a lift.”
Mark Everard, Executive Director of Property at Metropolitan, said: “I’m very proud of the effort of our volunteers, who have worked hard in their spare time at Waverley School. It’s a great example of colleagues getting together to make things better in the local communities and areas in which we work.”
Gail Weir, Headteacher at Waverley School, said: “Although the school has been well maintained over the years, there is now less funding to invest in it and we rely on the goodwill and support of others who recognise how important it is for our young people to learn in an inspiring environment.“I’m delighted by the work which has been carried out – seeing the spruced up classrooms, swimming pool and main hall will be a lovely surprise for our students when they come back after the summer holidays.”
Maggie Devine, Social Value Manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services, said: “We are committed to making a real difference to local communities. Our valued partnership with Metropolitan allows us to work collaboratively to make a difference and we were delighted to support the Waverley School project. It is our belief that society should understand that people with profound and multiple learning disabilities have the same rights as every other citizen. That includes the right to learn in an invigorating and inspiring environment, helping them to achieve their goals and dreams.”
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