Our Oxfordshire team lends support to foodbank in Didcot

Date: Thursday 29 April 2021

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Our Oxfordshire team and its contractors have helped a Didcot foodbank continue its support for vulnerable people in the community by building and fitting out a new storage cabin. 

Didcot Baptist Church runs a foodbank that provides vital short-term support for families in need within the town and the surrounding areas. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, demand has been higher than usual and more storage for the food parcels was necessary. 

The group had planned to build a storage cabin at the church, but groundworks were needed in order to establish a sturdy foundation. They approached us at the nearby Great Western Park development, who were more than happy to help.

Groundworks contractor Agetur UK firstly laid paving slabs and installed a drainage system near to the main church building. Our apprentices based at Great Western Park then built the cabin and installed shelves within. 

As well as creating a safe and secure space to store the foodbank’s resources, the team also refurbished its main stock cupboards in the church to increase storage capacity and provide better organisation for the foodbank. 

Andrew Snell at Didcot Baptist Church Foodbank, said: “Since the pandemic hit last year, there has been increased demand for the services that we offer at the foodbank, meaning we’ve needed to expand our storage space. Taylor Wimpey’s kind offer to help with the necessary groundworks as well as the installation of our new cabin has been hugely impactful and we’re already making use of the new storage facilities.”

Keith Rickets, Master Craftsman at Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, oversees the apprenticeship programme at Great Western Park. He said: “We’re always happy to help out the communities in which we build in any way we can. When our apprentices found out about the opportunity to help a great cause that does so much for the local community, they were delighted to lend a hand.”