Twenty employees from Space Engineering Services have swapped their day jobs for charity work, redecorating Wick House, near Bristol, which offers sheltered accommodation to homeless and vulnerable adults.
Wick House, a Grade Two listed mansion set in two acres of communal gardens, offers support and accommodation to single adults who are homeless or who have support needs relating to alcohol, drugs or mental health. As part of Space Engineering’s commitment to the Business in the Community initiative, the revamp transformed the downstairs passageway and upstairs landing, using materials donated by the company.
Rick Taylor, Space Engineering’s chairman, said: “It’s extremely important to us to give something back to the community in and around Bristol.
“Earlier this year we decided to offer each of our 600 employees the chance to spend one day a year doing charity work. This is one of the first projects to happen under our new scheme and will mean we give back more than 600 days of labour a year to the community. It’s something we’re really proud of.”
“The support that Wick House offers to vulnerable people in the city is crucial and so this project is something everyone at Space Engineering feels particularly passionate about. The team have done a brilliant job.”
Building services operations co-ordinator Stella Ho was one of the volunteers who took part in the project.
She said: “I don’t usually spend my day job half way up a ladder with a paint roller in my hand but we all got stuck in, worked really well as a team and had a fantastic couple of days. The services provided at Wick House are so important and to be able to help by sprucing the place up was an absolute pleasure for all of us. We can’t wait for our next project.”
Space Engineering Services, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, delivers award-winning nationwide refrigeration and building services and has offices and factories across Bristol and the UK. The contractor continues to grow in Europe following a move into the region two years ago and is currently exploring a number of opportunities in Asia.