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Ward Williams Associates at John McNeill Opportunity Centre

Construction consultants transform fences around children’s centre

Staff at construction consultancy Ward Williams Associates in Salisbury took a day away from their desks to paint fences at a specialist children’s centre.

The volunteers painted 250 square metres of fencing, and a shed, at the John McNeill Opportunity Centre in the city.

Ward Williams Associates is a B Corp certified business, which is a collective of companies who are continually dedicated to using ‘business as a force for good’ and helping to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Across all of their regional UK offices, the WWA teams regularly take part in volunteering days and various initiatives to benefit their local communities.

Paint and tools were donated by B&Q Salisbury and the Community Repaint Initiative.

Mark Stevens, partner of the WWA Salisbury office said: “It was such a great team effort and made a change to spend the day outside working, rather than a combination of desk work and construction site visits.

“You know you’re making a difference when you are frequently thanked by Centre Staff and parents alike throughout the day, whilst wielding a paintbrush!

“There was a lot of fence to paint and our efforts have made a positive impact to the look of the site, and will of course preserve the fencing for some time to come”.

The John McNeill Opportunity Centre is the District Specialist Centre for South Wiltshire. They welcome children with additional needs and help to support their parents and carers. They are South Wiltshire’s only specialist nursery for children with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Angela Bryant, manager of the John McNeill Opportunity Centre said: “We were thrilled when Ward Williams Associates approached us to offer their help with painting all of the fences surrounding our site.

“The fact that they have all given up a day of work to help us and that they collaborated with B&Q in Salisbury and Community Repaint, who very kindly donated paint supplies and various tools to help them get the job done, just shows what happens when a community ‘pulls together’.

“They have truly transformed our site and staff and parents of the Centre have all commented how wonderful it looks.

“We sincerely appreciate any help that Salisbury-based businesses and individuals can provide to The Centre, which is a registered charity.

“By volunteering or making charitable donations, this ensures that we can continue to provide the care we do, for the early years children here, who all have special educational needs or disabilities.”