We Give Lesson in Safety to Local School Children in Bargeddie
We recently gave the local children of Bargeddie Primary School in the village of Bargeddie near Coatbridge some reminders about health and safety.
With construction of new homes at the local Burnside View development in full swing, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland was keen to promote the dangers associated with playing near any construction site and to take the opportunity to raise awareness of the children’s need to be extra vigilant as the building of its new homes progresses.
Being proactive with local schools has proven an effective deterrent in the past as Brian Henderson, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland explains: “Health and safety in and around our construction areas is of vital importance to Taylor Wimpey. Taking this type of proactive approach with local schools allows us to reinforce just how important it is for children to stay away from building sites, and it gives us the chance to remind the children that building sites are not playgrounds!”
Gillian Brady, Headteacher at Bargeddie Primary School adds: “I was delighted to welcome the team from Taylor Wimpey into our school to highlight the dangers associated with children playing near any construction site. It was the ideal opportunity for them to reinforce their safety message ahead of the school holidays when many of our pupils will be enjoying their time away from the classroom.
“It’s great that Taylor Wimpey understands the importance of our children’s safety, and has created such an interactive and proactive approach to appeal to our pupils.”
Pupils from Bargeddie Primary School with Taylor Wimpey’s Site Manager, Scott McCreadie, and Site Health and Safety Advisor Ian Holden.
We Offer Our Support For Community Clean-up In Bargeddie
As part of our commitment to the local community of Bargeddie, we have provided a £500 boost to the fundraising efforts of the Kirkwood Community Council’s Community clean-up of The Luggie Walkway on 2 and 3 June 2018.
As well as this generous cash boost, up to eight members of our team will roll-up their sleeves to join the local community event that aims clear up and rejuvenate the walkway, which runs nearby from our Burnside View sales information centre to the Kirkwood Sports Barn.
The Kirkwood Community Council is encouraging as many people as possible to join them from 10am each day to help with the clean-up. Volunteers will be provided with the appropriate safety equipment to complete the tasks of litter picking, grass clearing and general tidying of the area. There will also be some entertainment throughout the day to ensure it is a fun day for everyone.
It is great to be able to lend this offer of support to such a great community effort as Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director adds: “Every year we build new homes and communities that people want to live in, and we’re passionate about playing our part in the local communities around our developments.
“The Kirkwood Community Council initiative to clean-up The Luggie Walkway gives members of our team the chance to offer their personal time to support to this event, and our cash boost will go some way to providing some additional planting for the area.”
The local community regularly uses the walkway but it has become neglected over the years. With support from the community and various organisations working together, it is hoped the event will make a real improvement to the area as Richard O’Hara, Chairman of the Kirkwood Community Council adds: “We’re grateful of this generous offer from Taylor Wimpey, and indeed the other companies and organisations that are throwing their support behind this event.
“It is a significant area that we hope to tackle, and we may need a series of events to finally achieve our ambition to completely clear the path but it’s great to get our campaign off to such a positive start with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland.
“I’d like to encourage as many members of the public to give us their support to lend a hand for as much or as little time as they can manage across the weekend of 2 and 3 June.
“We’ll be meeting at the Kirkwood Sports Barn at 10am each day, I hope as many people as possible can join us. And as they old saying goes – many hands make light work.”
Taylor Wimpey West Scotland staff and volunteers gather for a £500 cheque presentation by Taylor Wimpey to Kirkwood Community Council.
We Lead STEM Sessions at Bargeddie Primary in North Lanarkshire
As part of Bargeddie Primary School’s focus on STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – our West Scotland team took the opportunity to lead a series of practical sessions in school to outline the important part these subjects play within the housebuilding industry.
Using the four key subjects as the pillars of their task, the children were asked to build a model house in their groups. The children had a variety of materials to choose from, and each completed model was judged against set criteria that included whether it was the strongest, tallest, coolest looking, best functioning, cheapest as well as the overall best design.
The STEM subjects contribute across a number of disciplines in the housebuilding industry. With the construction of new homes now underway at our local Burnside View development in Bargeddie, STEM week was a great opportunity for us to give the children an insight into the industry and highlight the relevance of these subjects in real life.
Errin Hendry-Giles, Technical Management Trainee for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland led the sessions as she explains: “When you consider the importance of the STEM subjects across a number of areas of our business, it’s crucial that we play our role in inspiring children to enjoy these subjects in order to futureproof our industry.
“Without Science we can’t explore new technology, design or investigate soils or materials. Technology is the cornerstone for creating new energy efficient homes to help us reduce the carbon footprint of each household and creating places where people want to live. Engineering is also a key part of designing and constructing our new homes. Finally, Maths makes it possible to be able to work out our costs and make sound business decisions.
“Our project to build a house from a range of fun materials against set criteria certainly got the children thinking and using these subjects in real-time to create some great models. With a number of learning outcomes across each of the core subjects, we were able to help the children reach the conclusion that all four STEM subjects are important because they help us to solve problems at work, school and everyday life.”
Lynn Logan, class teacher who organised STEM week at Bargeddie Primary School, adds: “The STEM sessions provided by the team from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland were a fun and engaging way to bring each of the four subjects to life. Our children have enjoyed learning more about the housebuilding industry and Taylor Wimpey’s insight into the importance of STEM reminds us how crucial learning in these subject areas is for the future of many industries. ”
STEM project brought to life by pupils from Bargeddie Primary School and a team from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland.