Funding supports families in Berwick Hills

Residents of Thirteen’s supported housing facility on Penrith Road, Berwick Hills are benefiting from new equipment thanks to a funding award from Ideal Boilers.

Penrith Road Play Equipment Web

3 Dec 2018

As part of a scheme that provides a fund to buy equipment to meet a wide range of customer needs, Ideal Boilers contributed more than £4,500 to help pay for play items and outdoor furniture at the Penrith Road supported housing development.

The funding was used to buy children’s ride-on cars, art materials, giant Connect Four, Jenga, magic and science sets, as well as new outdoor furniture.

Penrith Road provides 15 independent flats for up to 40 parents alongside other facilities such as an indoor communal area and outdoor play area where families can come together with friends to enjoy a wide range of activities.

The scheme helps residents who have faced a range of problems to move on to full independence, giving them the skills to successfully manage a permanent home in the future. It also helps residents to develop their confidence, source information to find work or training and regain their independence.

Jillian Leech, Thirteen’s support service team leader for Penrith Road, said: “We were really happy to receive this equipment as it helps staff and parents to engage with children through play, which we think is really important.

“We run art clubs and play groups every week, so we asked for equipment that could be useful for young children as well as teenagers. We’re really pleased to be putting the equipment to good use as play activities can also help people settle in and feel more at home.”

Daniel Curran, Key Account Executive for Ideal Boilers who has been working with Thirteen on the project, said: “We are delighted to have contributed to such a worthy cause which will hopefully bring some happiness to the children and help support families at a time of hardship.

“As a company, we recognise the need to integrate progressive corporate social responsibility values into the daily management of the business; and through our Ideal Boilers loyalty scheme we are able to facilitate this on a more regular basis.”

Jillian continued: “As well as working with families who need support with housing issues, we also work with people who have complex needs and can sometimes be difficult to engage.

“Having resources like this helps us to work with children and families in a more relaxed atmosphere and explore their issues which can help us to get residents back on their feet and into more mainstream housing.”