Construction Youth Trust Charity Project 2021

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During the Summer break of 2021, the Delego team were delighted to coordinate the delivery of the Community Park Pond Deck Project in Swanscombe, Kent, with The Construction Youth Trust – developing the skills of young offenders who were keen to improve their employability.

The Swanscombe Heritage Park is a 3.9 hectares geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. It contains two Geological Conservation Review sites and a National Nature Reserve, and provides much needed outdoor public space and green areas to the local community. Swanscombe Council were in great need of a safe and suitable decking area to surround a newly constructed public pond, situated within a shaded woodland area of the park.

Lacking in funding for the work, Delego united our client base gaining volunteer contractors to deliver the project for the Council for free of charge, as part of their ongoing commitment to add value and improvement to the communities within which they work.

Working with the local Youth Offending Team, we had a small group of young offenders (aged 17 years old) showing keen interest in a career within the construction industry. These young people were given the opportunity to complete the project works, under the guidance and supervision of the skilled tradespeople, who could mentor them through the process and equip them with valuable skills.

In return for completing the works, the boys were provided with fully funded CSCS and Health & Safety Level 1 training, in order to give them access to construction employment opportunities after the project.

We were extremely grateful to our clients Elliott Group and Gunite Group, for the labour and material donations, without which the project would never have been possible. The local community have now gained the use of a safe new viewing deck at their park pond to enjoy for years to come.

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