Work is underway on a new look home for the Coventry branch of Samaritans in Earlsdon.
The charity’s shop and call centre is undergoing major repair and renovation to improve the facility for its volunteers.
The renovations will see a complete refurbishment of the facility, including improved access for disabled volunteers, more storage for the shop and enhanced acoustics to assist in secure, sensitive conversations.
Deeley Construction is carrying out the works at the building on Moor Street, which is Earlsdon’s oldest shop and first opened in the 1860s as a provisions merchant.
The construction company has brought in architects IDP to manage the project on behalf of the Samaritans, and worked to establish a relationship with the 29th May Charitable Trust to provide grant support.
Other contractors assisting on the project include Umberslade Demolition, Claddagh Electrical, CDE Contractors, Naughton Interiors, D B Heating & Plumbing, Nationwide Windows, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components, Midlands Floor Screeding and G&M Carpentry.
Coventry & District Samaritans were contacted more than 33,000 times in 2017 and are open 138 hours a week – assisted by its 120 strong group of volunteers.
The shop, which can raise up to £500 per week for the charity, is expected to re-open in April but the charity is still maintaining a full call service from a temporary base at Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind.
Mike Ballinger, project manager at the Coventry & District Samaritans, said: “Our volunteers are invaluable to us and without them we wouldn’t be able to provide the service we do.
“We wanted to make life easier for them and these renovations will help to do that, particularly by improving accessibility.
“The stairs inside are quite steep, and some of our volunteers find difficulty going up and down them at the moment. We will be lowering the stairs and also improving side access for volunteers in wheelchairs.
“The shop itself will be renovated too. Our shop volunteers are vital and with their fundraising allow the charity to focus on its core purpose of helping people by phone, text and e-mail.
“Deeley Construction have been very helpful in the process. It is a very professional organisation and it’s great to know that our building is in safe hands.
“We hope these changes will encourage more volunteers to join us in Coventry.”
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “The Coventry & District Samaritans provide an important service in the city and surrounding area.
“By working closely with our local supply chain we’re delivering this charitable scheme at an affordable cost to ensuring the Samaritans get as much help as possible from the funds available.
“We hope that the renovations at the shop and associated call centre will help the charity to continue their valued work for many years to come.”
The 2nd Wallingford Scout Group has received a boost from Deeley Construction to help with future fundraising activities.
Deeley Construction has donated a barbecue, new sign and arranged for a free skip to help the scout group’s clear out of its storage hut.
The Coventry company has recently built the new Lidl store in the town which will open at the end of January.
2nd Wallingford Scout Group has more than 120 members – boys and girls – across Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who are supported by more that 30 Leaders, Young Leaders and Trustees.
The new sign has now been placed on the front of the group’s main scout hut, while the donated barbecue will be the centrepiece of fundraising events throughout the year.
Helen Liddar, Group Scout Leader of the 2nd Wallingford Scout Group, said: “It was a completely unexpected donation and we would like to thank everyone at the Deeley Group for the very generous gifts.
“The skip was actually really vital for us. We have two huts, but one is primarily used for storage. Having the skip available helped us to clear-out and re-organise our storage areas which helps support our amazing adult leaders to deliver camps and other fun activities for our young people.
“Our Scouts and Leaders regularly organise fundraisers to support their trips, expeditions and adventures. The new barbecue will support a wide range of fundraising events, as scouts look to raise crucial funds to support their adventures.”
The free skip was supplied by Aylesbury-based waste management service business Bucks Recycling.
Tricia Murray, Managing Director at Bucks Recycling, said: “Bucks Recycling has provided a waste management service for the Deeley Group for many years so when they asked for our help, we were very happy to donate.
“Our Operations Manager is a Scout Leader and devotes much of his spare time to taking scouts on field trips and great learning adventures.
“He believes that being a Scout teaches life skills and develops confidence in a way that schools are not equipped to do due to the constraints of the national curriculum.
“We are proud to be able to assist with this admirable project which will open opportunities to young boys and girls for learning and fun in a safe environment.”
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction, added: “The scout group is only a 10 minute walk from the new Lidl store and is an important project in the local community.
“We hope that this donation will allow the scout group to continue to grow and support the development of young people in Wallingford, continuing to be a key part of their lives.”
A Coventry construction worker has been honoured with an annual award in his last act before retirement.
The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 in tribute to the former Deeley Group contracts manager and is voted for by employees of the company.
Site operative Billy Griffith has become the seventh recipient of the Gary Neville Award in his final year working for the Deeley Group.
Billy said: “This is certainly a great way to sign off my 35 year association with the Deeley Group and I’m very honoured to have received this award.
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside a lot of great people during my time with the firm and to know that your colleagues voted for you makes it all the more special.
“Gary was a well-respected colleague who I worked with for many years and this award is fitting tribute to him and his legacy.
“I would like to thank everyone at the Deeley Group and wish everyone the best for the future.”
The award honours Gary Neville, who joined the company as an apprentice and went on to lead some of the firm’s major projects, including the development of Belgrade Plaza.
Gary passed away in 2011 and the awarded is presented to the employee who has displayed the most commitment to their role over the past year.
Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Billy received widespread praise from his colleagues, reflecting the values we have at the Deeley Group.
“Over the past seven years everyone at the company has embraced the award, as each year we remember Gary and the vibrant, popular man that he was.
“During his time working for the firm, Billy has carried himself with great integrity and built a respect amongst his colleagues.
“His strengths were his multi-disciplinary skillset gave him the ability to complete any task asked of him, but more importantly he was reliable.
“We would like to thank Billy for his years of valued service at the Deeley Group and he is a very deserving recipient of this year’s award.”
The Deeley Group has been making the future of Coventry and Warwickshire a top priority for business at a two-week festival held in the region.
The Deeley Group delivered two events at the second annual Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival (CWBF), with development plans and educational prospects in the region providing the inspiration.
The CWBF was initiated by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub in 2017, and this year held over 100 diverse business events spread across the region.
The Deeley Group hosted the two separate events at its George House headquarters on Herald Avenue.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Development Plans event, where a range of plans for the region were showcased by local council members, attracted contractors, architects, project managers and quantity surveyors from across the city and beyond.
Mark Andrews, Planning Policy Manager at Coventry City Council, discussed some of the on-going developments at Coventry University and the University of Warwick, including student accommodation and projects within the city centre.
Dave Barber, Head of Development Services at Warwick District Council, then covered developments across the region including several housing and industrial developments that are currently being delivered.
The speakers, who were introduced by Deeley Group Managing Director Peter Deeley, then held a Q&A session, as well as an open discussion to see how the delivery of residential and non-residential developments across the region could be improved.
Representatives from construction and education industries had joined forces earlier in the festival at the ‘Building the Future of Coventry and Warwickshire’ event.
Kathryn Lennon Johnson, founder of Built Environment Skills in Schools, facilitated a discussion on how human-made surroundings can help teachers expand their curriculum, and enhance learning capabilities.
She was joined by a panel that included Stuart Taylor, Director at fireFLY Aerial Innovation, Phil Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire Advisor to the Construction Industry Training Board, and Dawn Spicer, Associate Director of Robothams Architects, as well as Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager of Deeley Construction.
Peter said: “The Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival has once again provided a fantastic platform for organisations in the area to come together and discuss the matters that are most important to them.
“I hope all of our guests at both events can see the positive feeling we have about the development of the region, and the direction that it is heading.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came along to our events, and for taking part in what were two very successful sessions.”
For more information on the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival, visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com
A mass-participation charity cycle ride from Coventry is set to be one of the city’s first events as European City of Sport for 2019, and could raise thousands for charity.
The Starley Sportive will return to Coventry and Warwickshire roads in February with a new, longer route offering cyclists the chance to shake off any final Christmas cobwebs, and raise money for their chosen charities, while kick-starting the European City of Sport celebrations.
Riders, who will set off from the Deeley Group head office on Herald Avenue, have the choice of tackling three distances this year – a 28.6 mile route, a 63.2 mile long-distance ride, or an epic 86.5 mile challenge – the event’s longest ever, in celebration of Coventry’s enhanced sporting profile.
Last year’s event raised over £7,000 for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, based in Ash Green, as over 260 cyclists made their way across the region. But organisers this year want to encourage participants to select their own charities to benefit from their fund raising efforts.
The charity cycle ride, organised by Coventry Road Club, and supported by property company Deeley Group, recognises the contributions of inventors James and John Kemp Starley to the world of bicycles.
James Starley is known as the father of the bicycle industry, while his nephew John Kemp Starley is widely considered the inventor of the modern bicycle – both worked and lived in Coventry.
February’s event will be the seventh edition of the sportive and Ian Court, Race Secretary at Coventry Road Club, thinks this year will be its biggest yet.
He said: “Last year’s event was a huge success and it would be great to see everyone who came along back for 2019, as well as some new faces.
“We like to hold the Starley Sportive early in the cycling calendar, as it gives people the chance to start their road season with a bang.
“The amount we raised in 2018 was a great achievement, but if we could improve on last year’s fundraising total, that really would be something worth celebrating.”
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “It would be great to see as many people as possible come along to the sportive and show their support for their chosen charities.
“The Deeley Group has a track record of working with our local community and much of our aims are reflected in the ambitions for the European City of Sport so we felt it was only natural to bring the two together.
“We will also be using this opportunity to celebrate 2019 as Coventry’s Year of Wellbeing. Our support of the Starley Sportive is a prime example of how Deeley will be engaging with our communities in the hope of promoting healthier lifestyles, both physically and mentally.”
The February ride will be one of Coventry’s first events under the title of European City of Sport.
Coventry City Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member Public Health and Sport, said: “The sportive is a great way to get people active and to bring out our cycling enthusiasts.
“One of our main aims for our year as European City of Sport is to increase community participation across the city. We know taking part in sport is good for physical and mental well-being and events like this remind us that sport and activity are social as well.
This is an excellent way to raise money for a great cause and get people involved in the sport and I hope lots of people sign up.”
Online entry is priced at £12 and is available until Thursday, February 7, with early bird tickets on offer for £10 until Tuesday, January 1.
On-the-day entry will cost £15 subject to availability, online registration is recommended so riders are not left disappointed; with complimentary tea, coffee and cake for participants after the ride.
Organisers are offering some free places for riders who raise a sponsorship target of £50.
Places for the three distances can be booked online at www.cyclinguk.org/event/starley-sportive-2019
Stonewater has started construction on 27 new affordable homes at Feather Lane in Nuneaton, including eight two- and three-bedroom houses for shared ownership.
The leading social housing provider’s low-cost, part buy, part rent scheme offers an affordable route to home ownership for first time buyers and local people struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.
Prospective buyers will be able to purchase from a 40 per cent to 70 per cent stake in Stonewater’s shared ownership homes and pay a reduced rent on the remainder. They will then have the option of increasing their shareholding at a later date, and ultimately buying their home outright.
Stonewater’s new Feather Lane development will also provide a mix of eight two- and 11 three-bedroom energy-efficient houses for affordable rent and will be advertised and allocated through the Council’s Choice Based Lettings Register, NBBCHomes, which prioritises those with a local connection to the Borough. All the new homes will have their own private back gardens and allocated parking.
“Shared ownership is a fantastic way to help people get onto the property ladder without having to pay unrealistic amounts of money at the beginning,” says Matthew Crucefix, Stonewater’s Assistant Director of Development. “With the average home in the district reaching £176,284* which is more than seven times the typical local wage, most people simply cannot afford to buy their own home. Shared ownership makes home ownership more accessible to these people who are being priced out of homes in their area.”
Stonewater is working in partnership with Deeley Affordable Living and Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council on this scheme which is being built on the former lawn bowls green of the old Bermuda Park Sports Ground.
The homes are due for completion in December next year.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, says: “The Deeley Group has been at the forefront of regeneration in Bermuda over several decades, bringing huge social and economic benefits to the community. We are, therefore, delighted to be working in partnership with Stonewater and the Borough Council on this latest development.”
Councillor Barry Longden, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Communities, says: “With priority given to local people, this scheme is a fantastic way to give residents of Nuneaton and Bedworth a helping hand onto the property ladder. The homes being built on this development present a great opportunity for first time buyers in the area and will ensure that more local people will be able to afford to own their own home. The Council are always looking for ways to assist individuals into the property or rental markets, and initiatives such as this one are a great way to provide people with the help they need when taking the first step.”