Our donation helps hospice charity for children
Demelza Hospice Care for Children has received a donation from us to help provide vital care for seriously ill babies and children.
We have donated £500 to the charity to help fund expert nurses and care assistants who support children with life‑limiting or life‑threatening conditions.
Claire Ellis-Waghorn, Acting Director of Voluntary Income at Demelza, says: “As a charity, and not part of the NHS, we must raise over £10.5 million each year to continue providing care to families living in East Sussex, Kent and South East London.
“Taylor Wimpey’s kind gesture will ensure that Demelza can be there from the start, during day‑to‑day family life, times of crisis, and bereavement – not just for children and their parents, but for the wider family too. Every year we deliver this specialist care to hundreds of babies, children and young people.”
The charity has two hospices – Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne and Demelza SEL in Eltham – where children up to the age of 19 receive expert, one-to-one care. This includes respite and symptom management, as well as life-enhancing therapies and facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool and a soft play room.
In East Sussex, the charity offers a hospice at home service, providing care and support in the comfort of a child’s own home.
Claire adds: “Taylor Wimpey has previously donated some of their showhome furniture to one of our charity shops and approached us to offer further support. We’re extremely grateful as it helps validate the work the hospice does in caring for special children.”
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, says: “We’re honoured to be able to help Demelza Hospice Care for Children and support this wonderful charity and the fantastic work it does.
“It’s very important to us that we support the communities where we build our new homes, and helping the hospice to continue providing its services can make a difference to so many local children and their families.”
Thomas highlights the benefits of our Production Academy!
As one of the UK’s leading housebuilders, we are constantly developing our employees through various incentives and training programmes.
Our most recent venture – the fantastic new Production Academy training programme – encourages site-based production teams to build a proud legacy based on quality and customer satisfaction.
Launched in August 2016, our Production Academy is a structured learning and development programme, aligned to job levels and career paths, which has been specifically designed to enhance the skills of our site management teams who have responsibility for managing our housing developments across the UK.
Thomas Church (25) – Assistant Site Manager at The Limes – was one of the first employees to be enrolled in the Production Academy in August 2016.
Thomas has recently completed the NVQ Level 4 in Construction Supervision module as part of the developer’s exciting initiative. He says: “I first joined Taylor Wimpey in March 2015 as an Assistant Site Manager and when I heard about their new Production Academy I was keen to get involved.
“The additional training has definitely helped me to develop my skills within the sector and taught me better ways of organising,” continues Thomas.
Employees completing the initiative will gain a Taylor Wimpey Production Diploma (TWPD), a recognised qualification made up of an enhanced National Vocation Qualification (NVQ) supplemented by key training modules. As they progress in their careers, our employees can develop through the Academy to the next level and work towards enhancing their qualifications.
We have selected the NHBC (National House Building Council) – an accredited provider in conjunction with Edexcel – as the training provider and assessor for the enhanced NVQ.
Thomas adds: “The Production Academy will definitely benefit my career in the long run. Not only does it look good on my CV, but it has also helped me to develop as an individual.
“Looking to the future, I think the only way now is up! I’d like to complete my NVQ Level 6 next.”
We snap to it and support campaign to get kids walking
We are encouraging families in West Malling to pull on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn by supporting Walk to School Month, which takes place every October.
To help keep youngsters safe on the way to school, especially in the darker autumn and winter months, we have supplied 100 high-visibility snap bands to Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase in West Malling for its pupils to wear. The donation is part of a campaign that will see more than 13,000 snap bands provided to children across the country.
According to Living Streets, the charity that organises the Walk to School campaign in the UK, only 21% of boys and 16% of girls meet the current recommended daily level of exercise (60 minutes of physical activity).
A generation ago, 70% of youngsters walked to school, but now it’s less than half – and during morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.*
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are proud to be supporting Walk to School Month again this year and are delighted to be working in partnership with Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase to help encourage families to leave the car at home and set off for school on foot instead.
“Walking is a great habit for youngsters to get into early in life, so we hope our snap bands will add some fun to the journey to school, as well as keeping them safe on the way.”
Vanessa Homewood, Headteacher at Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, says: “Children really do benefit from walking to school – not only is the exercise healthy for them, but it also helps reduce the amount of traffic outside school, which is safer for them too.
“We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of Walk to School Month among pupils and parents alike.”
* Source: www.livingstreets.org.uk