We lead a STEM session at Mary Russell School in Paisley
As part of Mary Russell School’s Skills for Work Classes, a team from West Scotland took the opportunity to lead a practical session in school to outline the important part that STEM subjects play within the housebuilding industry.
Using the four key subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths as the pillars of their task, the students were asked to build a model house in their groups. The students 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 Hawkhead Gardens in Paisley, it was a great opportunity for us to give the students an insight into the industry and highlight how important these subjects are in the workplace.
Fraser Martin, joiner for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland who led the sessions as he explains: “When you consider the importance of the STEM subjects across a number of areas of our business, we wanted to create a fun project that brings this to life. We asked the students to build a house from a range of craft materials against set criteria, and it certainly got them thinking and using STEM in real-time to create some great models.“
Susan Hamill, Acting Principal Teacher of Employability at Mary Russell School adds: “Our students 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.”
We show our support for local ACCORD Hospice in Paisley
We are delighted to confirm that we will donate £25 for each new home sold and legally completed at Hawkhead Gardens to ACCORD Hospice in Paisley.
In total, a grand sum of £5,250 will be paid to the local ACCORD Hospice, and this substantial donation will go directly to providing its care locally.
The announcement signals a long-term relationship between Taylor Wimpey West Scotland and the ACCORD Hospice where the money will contribute towards their mission to provide palliative and end of life care to people living with or affected by a life limiting illness in Renfrewshire and parts of East Renfrewshire.
Kirsty McGill, Head of Sales said: ”We are delighted to be able to support the local ACCORD Hospice. Our announcement signals the creation of a relationship with this very worthy cause that will provide a link between the new community that will emerge at our Hawkhead Gardens, and the existing community of Paisley. Working with the ACCORD Hospice is a real honour and we are extremely proud to be showing our support in this way.
Commenting on the support from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, David McFadden from ACCORD Hospice said: “We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, and we can’t thank them enough for their generous donation. This money will be put to work locally to help us achieve the overall aim of our service to the local community. On behalf of everyone at ACCORD, I would like to say a huge thank you.”
We provide a fundraising boost for Williamsburgh Primary in Paisley
We have recently donated £1,000 to Williamsburgh Primary in Paisley. The money provides a boost to Williamsburgh Primary Parent Council’s fundraising towards the provision of new playground equipment.
Williamsburgh Primary’s Parent Council is fundraising to make substantial improvements to the playground and outdoor play at Williamsburgh Primary.
Commenting on the support it has received from Taylor Wimpey, Nova Scott, Head Teacher at Williamsburgh Primary said: “We are really appreciate the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey. Our Parent Council Fundraising Committee has worked tirelessly to raise the much-needed funds to create a better playground and outdoor experience for our children to enjoy. I would like to say a huge thank you to the team at Taylor Wimpey - their donation has provided a boost to our funds to achieve the target we need to arrange the work.”
We are delighted to offer our support as Kirsty McGill, Head of Sales adds: “We are proud to be able to support Williamsburgh Primary with a fundraising boost to allow their plans for a better playground to get underway sooner rather than later.
Three local community groups in Renfrewshire share our £1,000 Community Chest
We have awarded £1,000 to three local community groups in Renfrewshire following the conclusion of our Community Chest initiative with the local newspaper, The Gazette, who asked the local community to nominate and vote for local causes to share the money.
Votes for Corseford Tenants and Residents Association secured the top position and they have won £500, which they plan to put towards the funding of a play area for kids in the area of Johnstone.
Active Communities, a local charity in Johnstone that runs physical activities, community sport, as well as health and wellbeing programmes, landed £300 from the Community Chest.
Finally, an award of £200 was given to Johnstone Central Scout Group, who plan to use this money to boost their funds to assist with trips and adventure camps for the cubs and scouts.
Commenting on the donation from Taylor Wimpey, Kevin Dick from Corseford Tenants and Residents Association, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support of Taylor Wimpey and it was lovely to find out that we had received the most votes from the local community. We are always grateful for any extra funding we receive and Taylor Wimpey’s donation will give us a welcome boost to the projects that we have planned.
“We’re also delighted to see that two other local groups have also benefitted from Taylor Wimpey’s Community Chest to help with their own work in the local community of Renfrewshire.”
Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, said: “We are proud to support local causes such as Corseford Tenants and Residents Association, Active Communities and Johnstone Central Scout group, who all do such valuable work in the local area of Renfrewshire.
“We hope that our donations to each of these organisations will help them to continue their activities for a range of people of all ages locally. We were delighted with the number of votes we received from the local community throughout this competition and would like to thank everyone who took part.”
We Give Lesson In Safety To Local School Children In Paisley
We recently gave the local children of Williamsburgh Primary School in Paisley, some reminders about health and safety.
As construction of new homes at our local Hawkhead Gardens, off Hawkhead Road in Paisley gets underway, we were keen to promote the dangers associated with playing near any construction site. The visit gave our team an 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!”
Nova Scott, Head Teacher at Williamsburgh 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 Christmas 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.”
We Are Proud To Leave A Lasting Legacy In Paisley
Staff at the ACCORD Hospice in Paisley have received a colourful boost as part of our national Proud campaign, which aims to show our commitment and pride in leaving a lasting legacy in the communities in which we build.
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