Nominate a local good cause to receive our support
We are offering the opportunity for a good cause in Suffolk to kick start 2020 with a £1,000 donation. Let us know which local groups, organisations or individuals you think are deserving of a helping hand towards achieving their New Year's goals.
Be it a contribution towards some much needed new equipment, a personal fundraising challenge, or anything in between, we want to hear from you. You can submit your suggestion by emailing the name of the nominee, along with a brief description of why they have been nominated, to BuiltForSuffolk@taylorwimpey-pr.co.uk. All nominations will need to be received by 28th February 2020 and only one email per person will be counted. The group, organisation or individual with the most nominations will be awarded the £1,000 donation.
We’ll be announcing the winner in March and look forward to receiving your nominations.
We help to encourage pupils at Chilton Community Primary School to walk to school
In support of International Walk to School month this October, we donated 180 high visibility snap bands to pupils at Chilton Community Primary School in Stowmarket. The annual initiative, organised by UK charity Living Streets, aims to encourage families to leave the car at home and walk to school safely.
According to research by Living Streets, less than half of all school children are currently walking to school, a drop from 70% a generation ago.* The research also found that children who exercise before school arrive refreshed and ready to learn and Ben Hemmings, headteacher at Chilton Community Primary School, agrees: “It’s really important to us that our pupils are happy and engaged when they arrive at school and walking is a great way for them to start the day. We want to encourage children and their parents to walk to school and the high visibility snap bands donated by Taylor Wimpey will help them to do this more safely.”
Caroline Carter, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, says: “International Walk to School Month is a fantastic initiative and we are proud to be supporting it again this year. We hope that our donation of snap bands to Chilton Community Primary School will help to encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle, while staying safe on their walk to school.”
Taylor Wimpey has donated over 65,000 snap bands to school children around the UK since 2014 as part of its commitment to giving back to the local communities in which it builds. For more information about International Walk to School month and the work of Living Streets, visit www.livingstreets.org.uk.
We donate £1,200 in book vouchers to local schools for World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day 2019, our East Anglia team has donated £1,200 worth of book vouchers to eight schools, close to our housing developments across the region.
Children at Abbots Green Community Primary School in Bury St Edmunds, Hethersett Junior School in Hethersett, Elmswell Community Primary School in Elmswell, Chilton Community Primary School in Stowmarket, The Vine Inter-Church Primary School in Cambourne, Pathfinder C of E Primary School in Northstowe, Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham C of E Primary School in Framlingham and Attleborough Primary School in Attleborough, will be able to enjoy reading a collection of new books after we gifted £150 to each school to mark World Book Day, which took place on Thursday 7th March.
Now in its 22nd year, World Book Day is a celebration of reading and aims to encourage children and young adults to come together to explore the pleasure of books.
Ben Hemmings, headteacher at Chilton Community Primary School, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey on behalf of everyone at our school. Books are a great way to fire up a child’s imagination and to teach them about the world around them. We can’t wait to add to our library and share new stories with each other.”
Caroline Carter, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said: “Books are a fantastic way to feed children’s imaginations. We were delighted to donate book vouchers to eight schools across the region to help them to celebrate World Book Day, and hope that the new books will be enjoyed for years to come.”
We show our support for vital work carried out by Stowmarket mental health group
A peer support group in Stowmarket for people living with enduring mental health problems, Enigma Peer Support, has received a welcome £200 boost from our East Anglia team.
Enigma was set up by Linda Attwood and Danielle Davis who, after completing a course in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills with a mental health trust, found there was no ongoing support for people with mental health problems in Suffolk or Norfolk. As well as Linda and Danielle running the group, there is also Jodi who has been a member for over two years and is now of the facilitators for Enigma.
The group has been so in-demand since it was founded in 2014, that it has expanded to around 30 members and holds two sessions a week in the Red Gables Wellbeing community hub. Members pay £2.50 each per session, which goes towards the room hire costs, but other than that, the group relies on donations to pay for resources and group activities.
Linda said: “We cannot thank Taylor Wimpey East Anglia enough for this kind donation, which will go towards helping us to cover the cost of room hire, promotional leaflets, stationery and so on. Donations and fundraising are vital for us to continue providing our services, which are a lifeline for many people in the region who have nowhere else to turn to for support and understanding.”
Caroline Cater, Sales & Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said: “At Taylor Wimpey we are committed to working closely with the local communities that we build in, and when we heard about the vital work Enigma provides we were keen to try and help. Linda and Danielle are amazing individuals, their dedication to helping and supporting others is inspirational to see. You just have to look at the group members’ testimonials on Enigma’s website to see what a life-changing service it offers.”
To find out more about Enigma Peer Support, visit www.enigmapeersupport.co.uk.
Feathered family hopes to build a nest at our Northfield View development
Our sales staff are used to greeting visitors from all sorts of backgrounds with a range of different requirements. But over the past few weeks, one set of customers has ruffled a few feathers at the Northfield View development in Stowmarket.
The Northfield View Sales Team said: “We were a little puzzled to see this particular family arrive at Northfield View, but they have been anything but fowl to us. Our chats with them have gone swimmingly so far and we’re confident they will soon become fully-fledged members of the Taylor Wimpey community.”
Mother duck, Mrs Ruddy, added: “There are some quacking new homes at Northfield View, and I’m thrilled to have finally found the perfect place to raise my brood. We’ve been looking to migrate to Stowmarket for some time and we’re excited to start our latest duck tale here.”