Earlier this year the Way In Community House, part of the Werrington Parish Church, submitted a request to the Community Team at BGL Group for support in funding to update their facilities.
The role of the members who run the Community House is to give support and advice to the people within the local area. It’s also a great place for the community to get together and has a range of weekly activities for everyone, from under 5 play groups to lunch for the elderly.
BGL Group likes to make a difference to the lives of the local people where it operates. As part of a wide ranging corporate social responsibility programme, the Group operates local Community Teams in Sunderland, York, Wakefield, London, Paris and Peterborough. These teams identify needs within the community and offer support in the form of time or money or occasionally even both.
The Community House was in urgent need of refurbishment in order to fulfil its role within the local community. With almost all of the furnishings being donated second-hand and no update for many years, the house was looking tired and dated. Alongside other local organisations, 19 employees from BGL Group took advantage of their volunteering days and together, painted the Community House, giving it a fresh feel and making it an attractive place to socialise. The team used some of their community funds to purchase new blinds, curtains and cushions, bringing the House right into the 21st century. BGL Group also donated a desk and pedestal along with five laptops which has helped the centre set up a cyber café aimed at tackling the ‘digital exclusion’ in the area as there is currently limited public internet access.
Michele Hunt, Way In Community House Manager, commented: “BGL Group have been amazing in helping us to transform The Way In Community House. The update has given a professional feel to the House but more importantly, it has made a positive impact to the lives of those in the local community who use the House. The laptops have provided additional support to people who have previously been unable to access the internet, helping to improve their future opportunities.”