A haven for rough sleepers in Coventry city centre has thanked a group of local businesses for their support in creating a new kitchen to help them serve hot meals.
Steps For Change moved to the City Arcade at the end of 2019 and opens five days a week, offering a range of ‘one-stop-shop’ support to people from assistance in accessing benefits and housing through to a place to go from a hot coffee.
The centre is a partnership between The ARC and Coventry Salvation Army and they were supported by local businesses and individuals who gave their time and services for free to install the kitchen after Coventry City Council released the premises to the organisation.
Coventry Builders Charity, which funded the project, Howdens, Andy Llewellyn, Claddagh Electrical, DB Heating and The Deeley Group, all played their part and representatives went along to the centre to see how their work is helping local rough sleepers.
Sam Barker, from Steps For Change, said: “The old kitchen wasn’t really fit for purpose. We wanted to be able to serve hot meals to people and that just wouldn’t have been possible.
“The support we have had has been amazing and we want to thank everyone who donated their efforts in making this happen. We couldn’t have done it without their help.
“We moved here towards the end of last year from Broadgate and we are now open five days a week and offer a range of support to people who are sleeping rough locally and, in some cases, that’s offering a cup of coffee or a hot meal.
“For others, we can help them to access all of the support they need when it comes to housing or benefits and we work with a range of other service providers to join everything up.
“Having this fantastic, modern kitchen means we are able to offer hot food to people who come through our doors and that’s really important.”
Around 80 people use Steps For Change each week and the venue is always looking for donations of tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and UHT milk.
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, brought together the businesses to supply and install the kitchen.
He said: “It’s a great testament to everyone involved for coming together and supporting this fantastic community cause.
“The kitchen looks great and I’d like to extend my own personal thank you to everyone who contributed.”
Pictured (left to right): Bob Hall (Coventry Builder’s Charity), Sam Barker (Steps For Change), Leigh Naylor (Howdens), Karen Gannon (Salvation Army), Jimmy Concannon (Claddagh Electrical), Peter Deeley (Deeley Group).
Two key members of the Deeley Group team shared the honours for a company award that was created as a legacy to one of the firm’s finest.
The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 in tribute to the former Deeley Group contracts manager who passed away in 2011 and is voted for by employees of the company.
The award honours those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in their commitment to the company, its clients and fellow members of the Deeley Group team and this year saw it shared between contracts manager Matt Ellis and facilities manager Philip Surrey.
Matt, who has spent nearly a decade with the firm, worked with Gary on construction projects at MIRA on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border.
He said: “I was probably the most surprised person in the room when they said I had won the Gary Neville Award.
“It’s a great team here at Deeley and we all try to do that bit extra, which is exactly the legacy that Gary left here. If anyone needs a hand with anything, I’ll always try to help them whenever possible.
“It’s great that the company has this award and I am very proud to have received it.”
Philip has worked for the group for 15 years and knew Gary well.
He said: “My role covers a variety of tasks and so, if someone asks me for something, I’ll help them get it done.
“It’s not a case of me checking my job description, I’ll just help them get the job sorted.
“Gary was a lovely guy and we all hold this award in very high esteem because of who it is named after and because of what it says about the company.”
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “Each year, the team here decides who should win the Gary Neville Award and it is genuinely well regarded by everyone here because of what Gary was like as a person and what he stood for.
“Congratulations to Philip and Matt for being put forward by their colleagues, which is the very highest praise indeed.”
Pictured (left to right): Philip Surrey, Peter Deeley, Julie Neville, Matt Ellis
A new £12 million care home development in Northamptonshire has hit a new high – and has also seen two local good causes benefit.
Midlands-based Deeley Construction is building the new 66-bedroom nursing home in Turweston Road, Brackley, on behalf of Kingsley Healthcare Group.
The development – which will create more than 100 jobs when it opens later this year – has reached its highest point in the build and a traditional topping out ceremony was held to celebrate.
Representatives from Brackley Athletic FC under-9s Girls and 5th Brackley Scout Group – both of which have received £500 each from the companies behind the development – attended the ceremony.
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are thrilled with the progress of this scheme on behalf of Kingsley Healthcare Group and it is great to reach the highest point of the development.
“It has been a very strong partnership and, ultimately, that will bring great community benefits – not only providing a much-needed care home but also creating a significant number of jobs.
“On top of that, we were delighted to welcome Brackley Athletic FC and the 5th Brackley Scout Group to the topping out and it is great to be able to support two great local groups which are committed to giving local young people great opportunities to be active.”
The development will feature modern en-suite bedrooms and living space for residents as well as communal facilities such as a cinema room, library, café, hairdressing salon, quiet lounges and a conservatory.
Kingsley Healthcare’s chief investment officer, Muj Malik, said: “We are excited to be working on this state-of-the-art care home project in partnership with Deeley Construction.
“Kingsley Healthcare is passionate about providing facilities of the highest quality for residents in our homes.
“We are proud to become part of the Brackley community, providing a valuable amenity and creating more than 100 jobs.”
Fifth Brackley Scout Group was established in 1953 and moved to its present home in Beaumont Crescent, Brackley in 1959. It has 147 active members and offers a range of activities to boys and girls aged five to 14 on a weekly basis.
The funds will go towards refurbishing the scouts’ meeting place after it was the subject of an arson attack.
Bim Prentice, Group Scout Leader, said: “On behalf of 5th Brackley Scout Group membership, I would like to thank the Deeley Group and Kingsley Healthcare for their very generous financial donation.
“It will contribute greatly to the refurbishment of the Scout Meeting Place and in turn, enable the Scout Group to continue to provide Scouting opportunities for current and future Brackley and surrounding district youngsters and their parents.”
Brackley Athletic FC is an FA Standard Chartered club and has around 200 players registered, supported by 30 coaches and a further eight volunteer committee members.
The under-9s girls team was formed in June and has had a very promising first season playing five-a-side in the Northamptonshire Macron Women and Girls League.
Coach Victoria Sillett said: “We are very grateful for the donations which have paid for the team’s kit, training tops and hoodies. We have 13 players in the squad which shows the need to establish a team for girls at this age group and they all needed kitting out.
“We are the largest community football club in the area and support such as this means everything to us as we are all volunteers offering football to as many local children as possible.”
Pictured: Brackley players Florence Henderson and Lily Spenceley with, from left to right, Bim Prentice, Cameron Thayan (Kingsley), Victoria Sillett, Muj Malik and Edward Hudson (Deeley).
Five homes have now been sold at a new development in Stratford-on-Avon.
The Meadows is a new 10-home development delivered by Deeley Homes in Pillerton Priors near Stratford.
It features two, three and four bedroomed houses and bungalows and looks over open countryside.
The site used to belong to the family of local vicar the Rev J Findon, and its road is named Findon Fields in their honour.
Half of the properties have now been sold, with more sales expected in the New Year.
The new homes have a high quality specification and showcase a keen attention to finish and quality.
Oliver Knight New Homes are marketing The Meadows. For more details please see www.deeley.co.uk
The Deeley Group supported a trio of in-depth seminars as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival.
The company hosted business leaders and associates at two sessions, while supporting another event held in Leamington.
The first of the two seminars hosted at George House asked the question ‘How do we enhance Coventry & Warwickshire?’.
Guests were then hosted at biodiversity seminar as part of the business festival, which looked at way to aid development.
Leading organisations including Barton Willmore and Wharton Natural Infrastructure consultants provided expert advice on on recent changes to the planning system and how to deliver biodiversity requirements.
Deeley Group also supported a third event hosted by Leamington-based law firm Wright Hassall discussing Innovation in Construction.
This has been another successful year for the Deeley Group with – we hope – some good news just around the corner in 2020.
We have developed a strong pipeline of work through Deeley Construction with a number of wins and we believe we are well placed for that to continue over the next 12 months, whatever might be on the political horizon!
A great deal of thanks should go to Martin Gallagher and his team who have taken Construction from strength to strength.
Deeley Homes has been revitalised and is extremely busy. The division successfully launched its first development for a number of years – The Meadows at Pillerton Priors – and it is selling very well.
Moreton Edge, in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh, will launch next year and we are confident it will prove just as popular.
We were joined by Eleanor Deeley in the autumn not only bringing 20 years of national property experience but also ensuring the guiding principles of the company are maintained.
As the year draws to a close, we heard that Fordham House, which we developed and built in partnership with Orbit, has won a second national award, while Deeley Construction has been appointed to the University of Warwick’s Lot 1 Capital Programme Framework for projects up to the value of £2 million over the next five years across the site, as one of only three Tier 1 contractors.
I would like to thank all our clients, partners and colleagues for all the work and co-operation and wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director